Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 20, 2014

Julie Schumacher: IMG Dear Professor Fitger



Saint Paul, August 2014 Dear Professor Fitger, I've been asked to say a few words about you for Powells.com. Having dreamed you up with a ball-point... Continue »
  1. $16.07 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Dear Committee Members

    Julie Schumacher 9780385538138

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$2.50
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Children's- Science Fiction and Fantasy

This title in other editions

The Navigator

by

The Navigator Cover

ISBN13: 9780375839108
ISBN10: 0375839100
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $2.50!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

One day the world around Owen shifts oddly: Time flows backwards, and the world and family he knew disappear. Time can only be set right when the Resisters vanquish their ancient enemies, the Harsh. Unless they are stopped, everything Owen knows will vanish as if it has never been....And Owen discovers he has a terrifying role to play in this battle: he is the Navigator.

Review:

"McNamee (Resurrection Man, for adults) makes his YA debut with an inventive time travel story. Owen lives in the shadow of a father who committed suicide, but readers barely get to meet the young hero before he encounters a tiny man who warns him, 'It has begun... it is to be you.' From there, Owen is whisked to the Workhouse, 'the center of the Resisters to the Harsh and the frost of eternal solitude that they wish to loose upon the earth.' He is taken in by these 'custodians of time,' who tell him about the Harsh-faceless creatures that 'long for emptiness, for cold nothingness.' To this end, the Harsh have begun the Puissance, which is causing time to run backwards. In order to defeat the Harsh, Owen and new friend Cati must find the Mortmain, a device of unknown shape and size that can destroy the Great Machine causing the Puissance. The Mortmain recalls Rowling's 'portkey' concept — a magical artifact, hiding in plain sight as an everyday object, which may feel a bit derivative to some readers. But the ultimate discovery of that object and its keeper ties the book's ending to its beginning in satisfying fashion. McNamee's setting is certainly unique, and readers who relish the brain-teasing nature of time-travel stories will also relish this book and its planned sequels. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"In this wonderful story, McNamee brings his skill to writing for a younger audience in a novel that not only bends but alters and rearranges time. This is a story not to be missed by fans of Kate Thompson's The New Policeman or Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time." Children's Literature

Review:

"Excellent world-building, a thrilling and propulsive plot, internal consistency and a multitude of child heroes guarantee a following for this exciting fantasy." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Eoin McNamee is an award-winning author of novels for adults. His first novel, Resurrection Man, was made into the film. The author lives in County Sligo, Ireland.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

crowyhead, November 21, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Eoin McNamee brings us a good first venture into the realm of middle-reader speculative fiction. There are elements of Philip Pullman and Garth Nix here, and it also reminded me a bit of Jeanette Winterson's recent children's novel, "Tanglewreck." It's less ambitious than "Tanglewreck," though, and I'm inclined to see that as a good thing, since that one really got mired down toward the end.

In contrast, "The Navigator" moves along at a fast clip and refuses to get too involved in the mechanics of the world (which is not to say that the background is not detailed), and it's a cracking good yarn for younger readers. As an adult, I felt that at times the author relied too heavily on coincidence (or providence?) to move the plot along, but that didn't keep me from devouring this in short order. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel eventually, but I didn't feel the need to rush right out and get it. Overall, this is a seriously solid novel and well worth reading, but it's nothing breathtaking.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375839108
Author:
Mcnamee, Eoin
Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books
Author:
McNamee, Eoin
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Time
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070109
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.54x5.88x1.15 in. 1.13 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

Other books you might like

  1. Hannah Montana #02: Face-Off Used Trade Paper $5.95
  2. The Calder Game Used Book Club Hardcover $3.95
  3. Wednesday Tales #01: The Palace of... Used Hardcover $1.50
  4. Hannah Montana #03: Super Sneak Used Trade Paper $5.95
  5. Hannah Montana #01: Keeping Secrets Used Trade Paper $1.00
  6. The Anybodies Used Book Club Paperback $0.95

Related Subjects

Children's » Middle Readers » General
Children's » Science Fiction and Fantasy » General

The Navigator Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$2.50 In Stock
Product details 352 pages Wendy Lamb Books - English 9780375839108 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McNamee (Resurrection Man, for adults) makes his YA debut with an inventive time travel story. Owen lives in the shadow of a father who committed suicide, but readers barely get to meet the young hero before he encounters a tiny man who warns him, 'It has begun... it is to be you.' From there, Owen is whisked to the Workhouse, 'the center of the Resisters to the Harsh and the frost of eternal solitude that they wish to loose upon the earth.' He is taken in by these 'custodians of time,' who tell him about the Harsh-faceless creatures that 'long for emptiness, for cold nothingness.' To this end, the Harsh have begun the Puissance, which is causing time to run backwards. In order to defeat the Harsh, Owen and new friend Cati must find the Mortmain, a device of unknown shape and size that can destroy the Great Machine causing the Puissance. The Mortmain recalls Rowling's 'portkey' concept — a magical artifact, hiding in plain sight as an everyday object, which may feel a bit derivative to some readers. But the ultimate discovery of that object and its keeper ties the book's ending to its beginning in satisfying fashion. McNamee's setting is certainly unique, and readers who relish the brain-teasing nature of time-travel stories will also relish this book and its planned sequels. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "In this wonderful story, McNamee brings his skill to writing for a younger audience in a novel that not only bends but alters and rearranges time. This is a story not to be missed by fans of Kate Thompson's The New Policeman or Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time."
"Review" by , "Excellent world-building, a thrilling and propulsive plot, internal consistency and a multitude of child heroes guarantee a following for this exciting fantasy."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.