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The Named
Curley, Marianne.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bloomsbury, 2002.
Physical Description:
332 pages ; 22 cm
Ethan, one of the Named, fights the Order of Chaos and its destruction in the present by traveling through time.
Reading Level:
850 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.3 13.0 67384.

Reading Counts RC High School 6.8 20 Quiz: 36110 Guided reading level: NR.
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On Order



Ethan lives a secret life as a Guardian of the Named. Under the guidance of Arkarian, his mentor, and with the help of Isabel, his unlikely but highly capable apprentice, Ethan has become a valued member of this other-worldly corps. As the only defense against the evil Order of Chaos, the Named travel through time to prevent the Order from altering history and thereby gaining power in the present and the future.

As the threat from the Order intensifies, secrets of the past are revealed and villains and heroes are exposed. This gripping fantasy is set in modern times, but is infused with intrigue from the past, super-natural characters and surprising plot twists. Curley has written a winner through to the end.

Author Notes

Marianne Curley is a native of Australia. After marrying and having three children, Marianne and her young family moved to Coffs Harbour, a small coastal city. It was there, surrounded by beaches, rainforests and fresh clean air that Marianne began to write. Today she has three teenage children, whose conversations and experiences inspire her writing. They are also her fervent critics.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-11. As one of the Named, 16-year-old Ethan serves the Guard, which battles the evil Order of Chaos to preserve the world's past and future. But before becoming a full-fledged Guardian, Ethan must train an apprentice, his schoolmate Isabel, and he must travel back in time to complete a difficult quest. Soon history and lives are at stake, and the quest has become a personal one, with Ethan discovering that people and events are not always as they appear. There are plenty of inventive plot twists and characters, otherworldly and familiar, to spur readers on in this engrossing first novel, originally published in Britain. Ethan and Isabel are likable, contemporary teens who must face and embrace extraordinary challenges, and their alternating first-person narratives are lively and personable as they chronicle their experiences--from preparations for a visit to King Richard II to details of everyday life and their relationship with one another. A host of intriguing, well-integrated themes gives readers much to think about as they immerse themselves in an enjoyable story, the first of a planned trilogy. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Magic blooms in Angel Falls, the setting of this promising launch to Curley's time travel trilogy," wrote PW. "Readers will likely be swept up by the ever-growing complications." Ages 12-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-Ethan, 16, belongs to the Guard, a secret group of humans who use paranormal powers to protect the Earth against the Order of Chaos. While Chaos tries to change the course of history, the Guards travel back in time to thwart their schemes. Isabel's healing powers bring her to the Guard's attention, and Ethan is assigned to be her trainer. The two engage in some dangerous time-traveling assignments, which lead to an ultimate battle between the two opposing forces. The plot ends up involving many others from Ethan's town, including his teacher, his father, his best friend, and his long-dead sister. The narrative alternates between Ethan and Isabel, and his earnest and sometimes-arrogant manner is balanced by her more casual style. This is all fairly lively, with a premise that's easy to follow and some involving action scenes and character dynamics. The time-travel adventures lack a true sense of immediacy, though, especially when compared to the more gripping scenes involving Marduke, the horrible soldier of Chaos. The identity of a mysterious masked female will be easy for readers to guess. Despite a few slow spots, however, the author keeps things moving smoothly toward the climax. While the anticipated battle involving Ethan's father and Marduke settles the main conflict in a satisfying way, some unresolved plot threads set the stage for a sequel.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.