- Age Range: 12 and up
- Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reissue edition (February 26, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743437691
- ISBN-13: 978-0743437691
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
An appealingly witchy atmosphere combined with breathlessly over-the-top narration and a generous helping of high school intrigue go a long way toward camouflaging the slack plotting and clichd characterizations of this first novel by an Australian writer. Witch-in-training Kate is smitten with Jarrod, the new boy at school. Numerous chapters which Kate and Jarrod take turns narrating chronicle in great detail Kate's efforts to convince the doubting Jarrod that, in addition to possessing a vast reservoir of untapped magical power, he is also the latest victim of a centuries-old family curse. On the social front, loner Kate must cope with her potential soulmate's adoption by the school elite and his apparent role as the chosen boyfriend of the most popular girl, a standard-issue nasty-but-gorgeous villainess. Eventually, Kate and Jarrod leave their tiny Australian mountain town and travel magically back in time, to a medieval-lite version of 13th-century England, where they try to stop the curse at its source. Not surprisingly, the curse is lifted by novel's end and equally important back in the contemporary world, Jarrod commits to taking Kate to a very important dance. More old hat than old magic, but fun nonetheless. Ages 12-up.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7-9-When Jarrod Thornton walks into the classroom, Kate Warren instantly senses that he is as different as she is. In anger, he unknowingly unleashes a storm in the science lab and Kate realizes that he has exceptional paranormal abilities that exceed her own. As an uneasy friendship forms, she helps Jarrod confront and internalize his talents. With her grandmother's help, the teens journey back to the Middle Ages and break the curse that has controlled the Thornton family for generations. On one level, this is a story about paranormal abilities, curses, and time travel. Deeper, it's an account of feeling different, friendship, and acceptance. The story is much like a train ride. The plot is fast and smooth and the characters' developing friendship is akin to the train's slowing and coming to a station stop. However, the language derails it until readers become used to the "Aussie-isms" throughout the text. (There is a glossary at the back of the book, but it is not all-inclusive.) It is obvious that Curley researched the architecture, peoples, and customs of the Middle Ages, and she skillfully integrates this information into the story. The characters are believable and are the strength of this first novel. While the message that it's all right to be different and to accept yourself for who you are is evident throughout, it's not overly dominant. Curley is definitely an author to watch.
Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA
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Top Customer Reviews
Jarrod doesn't realize he has powers,strong powers,powers only the best Sorcers have. Kate tries to help him get control of these powers, though she fails several times trying to convince him that he has them,but nevertheless she keeps trying(knowing Jarrod thinks she's not all there in the head).
A long time ago a powerful Sorcer put a terrible curse on the Thronton family,and Jarrod must end it for the sake of his family.Through this event he finds strength and realises he truly has the magic.Also it makes him a better person, that stands up for what he knows is right.
Pick up this novel. I'm sure you'll find it satisfying!
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I am extremely surprised to find out that OLD MAGIC is Curley's first novel. The plot that she has created is intricately woven, and filled with exciting twists and turns on every page. Kate is an extremely likeable character, who's determination sets her apart from many other teenage characters in today's fiction. Jarrod, too, is a likeable character, whom readers will relate to greatly, as he goes through many clumsy, and very embarrassing moments. Containing wonderfully written supernatural happenings and romantic interludes, Curley is sure to become a hit with all readers, whether old or young. Don't miss this book.
The story starts off with Kate, a girl with magic abilities who isn't popurlar at her school, watching as the new kid Jarrod walks in.She senses he has a magic ability and is later shocked to learn that he doesn't even realize it.With the help of her grandmother,Kate proves to Jarrod he has a gift,but is also stuck with a long-lined family curse.To break the curse,the two must go back in time to where the curse was first created.Once there they must fine the sorcerer and destroy him.But the evil man knows of this and will only get rid of the curse if he can have Kate in return. Such creatively written this book is a brilliant choice if you're just finishing the latest Harry Potter for the seventh time and looking for a good read.
The story is wonderful too. It's about this girl named Kate and this guy named Jarrod. Kate is a training witch and Jarrod is the new kid in school with amazing special powers he doesn't know he has. Kate figures out that he is cursed, so she tries to help him out. And well, to know about the rest of the story you have to buy the book. It really is worth your money. So go out and buy your copy today. I'm telling you Marianne Curley won't let you down. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved it as a kid. It still has that great amount of magic and human elements.Read more