The New Policeman by Kate Thompson

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Who knows where the time goes?

There never seems to be enough time in Kinvara, or anywhere else in Ireland for that matter. When J.J.'s mother says time's what she really wants for her birthday, J.J. decides to find her some. He's set himself up for an impossible task . . . until a neighbor reveals a secret. There's a place where time stands still—at least, it's supposed to. J.J. can make the journey there, but he'll have to vanish from his own life to do so. Can J.J. find the leak between the two worlds? Will a shocking rumor about his family's past come back to haunt him? And what does it all have to do with the village's new policeman . . . ?


About Kate Thompson

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Kate Thompson lives on the west coast of Ireland, which provides inspiration for the Irish magic, music, and landscape in the award-winning The New Policeman and The Last of the High Kings.
Published January 9, 2009 by Greenwillow Books. 468 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Extremely short chapters interspersed with musical scores of appropriate traditional tunes create a choppy start, but the novel, rich with Irish flavor, quickly warms up as time passes too quickly in both worlds.

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Then there is the fiddling - every chapter ends with appropriate sheet music for dance tunes - the prevalence of goats, any one of which might turn out to be a púka (member of the devil class, according to O'Brien), the ominous shadow of transience that always takes the young unawares, the air of...

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Publishers Weekly

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Irish author Thompson's enchanting story may be a long book but it reads quickly—fitting since it's about irregularities in the passage of time.

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Teen Reads

Somehow, somewhere, time was leaking from the human world into the fairy world, leading to disaster for both.J.J., along with the help of his new fairy friend, sets out to find and fix the mysterious leak before both worlds end in catastrophe.

Jan 23 2007 | Read Full Review of The New Policeman

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