Sabrina’s Book Corner: Tale Older than Time

Hello, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we are going to be talking about Old Magic by Marianne Curley.

Kate Warren is the town freak, simply because her grandmother owns a new-age shop and believes in magic. Kate is often ridiculed and called a “witch” at school. But what her classmates don’t know is that Kate actually is a witch — and she’s proud of it.

Kate is surprised when a new kid arrives and shows the signs of being gifted. While Kate is observing the new kid, Jarrod, she notices two things: first, Jarrod doesn’t know he’s magical, and second, Jarrod is cursed. Kate feels a responsibility to help Jarrod, but when she tells Jarrod about his magic, he thinks she is either really weird or in need of help. Jarrod avoids Kate, ignoring her if they are in the same place, but when Jarrod’s little brother gets seriously hurt, Jarrod starts to believe Kate.

Having nothing to lose, Jarrod seeks out Kate’s help. There is only one way to end a curse: kill the sorcerer who cast it. Jarrod’s curse spans generations, so Kate and Jarrod have to go back to when the curse first started. Jarrod and Kate prepare to travel through time to the Middle Ages and stop the curse, but time travel is tricky business. If they don’t do everything correctly, then Kate and Jarrod could be stuck in the Middle Ages.

Marianne Curley takes the reader on a magical trip in Old Magic. With time travel, magic, and mystery, Old Magic has everything a good book needs.

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

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