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Old Magic
     

Old Magic

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by Marianne Curley, Jeannie Lee
 

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Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing,

but Kate Warren doesn't know why.

The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their

Overview

Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing,

but Kate Warren doesn't know why.

The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.

Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey — one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.

Editorial Reviews

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 clich d 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. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 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 Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
Having grown up with her grandmother Jillian, a practicing witch and healer, sixteen-year-old Kate recognizes power when she sees it. So when newly arrived Jarrod unleashes a windstorm in biology class, Kate steps in, calms him down, and gets him out of there before anyone else realizes what has happened. What surprises her, however, is how oblivious he is to his power and to the curse of disorder and diaster that has dogged his family for centuries. Not only that, but Jarrod is also angrily adamant that magic does not exist. As evidence to the contrary mounts, Jarrod decides to accept Jillian's help, and Kate and Jarrod travel back in time to 1252 to the English castle of Thorntyne and Jarrod's ancestors, Lord Richard and his estranged half-brother, the sorcerer Rhauk. There Jarrod must overcome his reluctance to claim his power, or Kate will die at Rhauk's hands and neither will see their present-day families again.

Alternating narration between Kate and Jarrod, this novel provides dual perspectivies on reality and relationships in a tale where the known competes with the unexpected and reason wars with emotion. With a solid story comprised of several age-old themes of fantasy and adventure as well as a savvy female nudging a clueless male protagonist into claiming his birthright, the book will appeal to young readers interested in magic, adventure and budding romance.

——VOYA April 2010

VOYA - Kim Carter
Having grown up with her grandmother Jillian, a practicing witch and healer, sixteen-year-old Kate recognizes power when she sees it. So when newly arrived Jarrod unleashes a windstorm in biology class, Kate steps in, calms him down, and gets him out of there before anyone else realizes what has happened. What surprises her, however, is how oblivious he is to his power and to the curse of disorder and disaster that has dogged his family for centuries. Not only that, but Jarrod is also angrily adamant that magic does not exist. As evidence to the contrary mounts, Jarrod decides to accept Jillian's help, and Kate and Jarrod travel back in time to 1252 to the English castle of Thorntyne and Jarrod's ancestors, Lord Richard and his estranged half-brother, the sorcerer Rhauk. There Jarrod must overcome his reluctance to claim his power, or Kate will die at Rhauk's hands and neither will see their present-day families again. Alternating narration between Kate and Jarrod, this novel provides dual perspectives on reality and relationships in a tale where the known competes with the unexpected and reason wars with emotion. With a solid story comprised of several age-old themes of fantasy and adventure as well as a savvy female nudging a clueless male protagonist into claiming his birthright, the book will appeal to young readers interested in magic, adventure, and budding romance. Reviewer: Kim Carter
Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
Kate Warren knew there was something different about new-kid-in-school Jarrod Thornton from the first time he locked eyes with her. More specifically, she was probing his mind, and he was the first person—ever—to notice. Technically, Kate and her grandmother Jillian are witches, a fact that is widely speculated and has not exactly won Kate any popularity contests. When freak storms and unnatural disasters begin breaking loose whenever Jarrod gets angry, Kate begins to suspect that he is even more powerful than she is... and completely unaware of his gift. It takes two tragic family accidents and a surprising revelation about Jarrod's history for him to begin believing Kate's explanations of sorcery and ancient curses. Their last hope of awakening Jarrod's powers and saving his family is a dangerous trip through time to the year—1252—and the sorcerer who started it all. Curley gives her readers a lot to enjoy in this first novel: a magical yet realistic heroine, an awkwardly charming love interest, and a Middle Ages that combines the ethos of Wuthering Heights with spine-tingling black magic. Where the book falls short is its predictability. The love story is no surprise, nor are the dumb jocks and evil queen bees at Kate's high school. There also is some fancy narrative footwork to explain how Kate and Jarrod can change the past without altering the present. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable read that could be used to make an interesting comparison of modern gothic fiction to its historical counterpart. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743437691
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Marianne Curley lives in Australia with her family.

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Old Magic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 507 reviews.
HeatherM More than 1 year ago
I thought the story line for this book was amazing!! BUT, once I started reading it, I was a bit disappointed. In my opinion the author could have done so much more and added more action or romance to the story. There were some good parts, but that was about it for me. It was a bit of a slow start and then began to get really good, and then the ending was mediocre. It just didn't have that same BAM ending that I like! But overall it was a cute story!
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The last few that I have started to read have only been ok (still haven't even finished them). Old magic was a nice breath of fresh air. I really liked the fact that have the book took place in present day and the other have in the 1200's. My only complaint is that the love story between the two main characters could have been taken up a notch. They only kiss one time in the whole story, and with how much the reader is rooting for them.well I would have liked to see more. Other then that it was entertaining!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most bewitching books I have ever read. It will have you on the edge of your seat and you won't want to put it down. Your heart will break for the main characters and leave you wanting more. This book will having you believing in the power of true love and you might even find yourself reaing the book throught blurry eyes. This is one of the best books I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! Wow. I would recommend this book to all =]
bookfreak67 More than 1 year ago
this is such a good book! I think that everyone should read it! it has a little romance, comedy, you love the main character! because I almost always hate the main character. but this is a book for everyone, a bit slow at times but if you just sit tight it gets really good.
TwilightsTruth More than 1 year ago
This book starts out with a normal girl in a normal highschool, the only thing speacil about her is that she lives on the outskirts of town with a grandmother who owns a metaphysics shop. Then the story rappidly evolves into a story of high fantasy, love, and adventure. A great read, I've reccomended it to friends and my copy is currently passing through alot of hands.
paws1985 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. While I know some people don't like stories that switch from person to person on who is telling the story, this book does an excellent job switching between Kate and Jarrod's perspectives and the events that happen to them. If you like magic and fantasy I highly recommend Old Magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. The ending could've been better, and I think there could've been more romance between Jarrod and Kate before things got serious all of a sudden. The battle could've been much more dramatic. Basically, things could've been better, but the book was a good one, full of magic and adventure. Nothing that would make me recommend it, but pretty good.
BooksBooksBooksJS More than 1 year ago
This book was plain cute. It has the mystery of magic and the romance with it. At first I felt like killing Jarrod for being such a jerk to Kate but i understand where he's coming from. Okay them quick summary: Jarrod arrives in Ashpeak and Kate senses something different about him. She tries to explain to him over and over that he has special abilities but he still doesn't believe her. Kate believes Jarrod's family is cursed because of all the bad things that happen to his family but Jarrod just thinks she's crazy. When his dad tries to commit suicide he finally accepts that his family is cursed. They travel back in time ti medieval Britain to see Jarrod's ancestors. There an evil sorcerer kidnaps Kate and Jarrod challenges him to get her back. Jarrod ends up saving Kate and the curse is lifted so they return back home. There Jarrod picks Kate over the popular girls. Well that's a quick summary but you should still read the book to read the fantastic details. You also learn a little bit about medieval times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good i finished it in two days i would have done so in one had it not been i left it in my English class and had to wait for the next week. But once I started I couldn't put it down. I'm a sucker for romance and magic. And this book has both. I was so thrilled with all of it. It was breathtakingly wonderful. I've read the reviews for her books The dark and The Named and can not wait to read them. I am so thankful my friend lent me this book. It's extrodinary!!!! Seriously!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding. I rarely read and always thought it was boring, but this book got me hooked on the first page. At the end it kinda left me hanging but i hope another book is made to continue the story. I loved how it went into grave detail explaining every thing up to what they looked like. This was a enjoyable experiance. I was able to picture everything as if i was in the story. I would recommend this book to people who like magic and romance novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a couple years ago. And I loved it. But it was too short. The author should have either made the book a liitle longer or create a sequel. I feel like the story wasnt complete. The first two parts were great and full of information, but the last part of the book felt so rushed. I read this book three times in the past few years, not just because I really liked the story, but because I felt like I needed more. Overall, a great story and I reccomemnd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every minute of this amazing emotional roller coaster love hate breathtaking story you won't be able to put it down must read you won't be disappointed
TwiRose More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, i got it for like 3.00 and have read it a few times .
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