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The New Policeman Hardcover – January 23, 2007

4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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Starred Review. Grade 7–10—J.J. Liddy, 15, is descended from a proud old family of Irish musicians. In his small village of Kinvara, playing traditional music is a way of life. Lately, though, it seems that the townspeople have less and less time to fulfill daily responsibilities and very few moments left over to make music and enjoy life. In exasperation, J.J.'s mother asks for more time as her birthday gift. Unaware of any magical implications, the teen innocently sets out to find out where the time has gone. This search leads him into the heart of Tír na n'Óg, the land of eternal youth, where he discovers the truth about some family secrets and the identity of the rather hopeless new town policeman, whose mysterious investigation parallels J.J.'s quest. This novel delivers richly tantalizing morsels of Irish mythology as traditional characters dance across the pages. In a story interspersed with snippets of Irish jigs that reflect the progress of the tale, Thompson has masterfully woven together melody and harmony into a tune that will lead readers to a splendid, rollicking crescendo. Some unfamiliar Irish terminology might make comprehension difficult for those who struggle with reading, but the glossary will help mature readers. Those who follow this story through to the end will not be disappointed.—Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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*Starred Review* Heart-pounding Irish music is the common ground between material and magical worlds in this ambitious fantasy, which begins in western Ireland. When J. J. Liddy is 15, his mother jokingly asks for a birthday present of more time. From an eccentric neighbor, J. J. learns to his astonishment that his mother's request may not be impossible to fill. Bravely venturing into an alternate fairy world, J. J. takes on a thrilling, epic quest in which he confronts dark family rumors and tries to repair a cosmic time leak between his world and "the land of eternal youth." Thompson packs her mesmerizing, chaotic novel with Irish culture (including phrases defined in a glossary), interconnected mysteries, and sly questions about the stresses of contemporary life and the age-old frictions between religion and folklore. Readers will quickly overlook any creaky plot connections and fall eagerly into the rich, comic language and the captivating characters and scenes, particularly those that feature musicians (including talented J. J.), who play the "wild, anarchic music" that bridges worlds. Musical scores for Irish tunes (some written by Thompson) close each chapter in this soulful, wildly imagined tale that has already won several British awards, including the Guardian Children's Book Prize and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. Suggest it to fans of O. R. Melling's The Hunter's Moon (2005) and Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First American Edition Second Printing edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061174270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061174278
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,855,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've just finished reading Kate Thompson's `The New Policeman' and it is wonderful. Wonder -full. I'm Irish born and bred and raised on the old stories, and here, in the Ireland of 2005, the `draíocht' (magic) is alive and well in this book.

The characters and language are keenly observed -- as we say `dead on'. I know these people and these voices. And anyone who has spent any time in Ireland will recognize these places too -- particularly the places where one can't help but feel that there's another place right behind what you are seeing.

I'm totally at a loss to understand the review below (HoraceHorse). Its seems to posit that since Kate Thompson is `guilty' of being English (which we don't consider to be a crime in Ireland), this book must somehow be a lame rip-off. And the reviewer lives in ... Texas? Actually, from his opening words he's obviously axe-grinding rather than reviewing. And that's unfair -- agus míbhéasach.

This is an intelligent, soulful book. It deserves the kudos it has gotten and I will recommend it to all -- as I do to you.
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Although having a good background in Irish folklore would help, this book is written with the naive young reader in mind. Each chapter ends with a (playable) tune from which it takes its name. The story revolves around a teenage boy whose family history includes a dark secret that is revealed in the ending of the story. He goes off to Tir na nOg to stop the "leaking" of time from his world into the otherworld and, in so doing, finds out more than he perhaps wanted to know about the faerie folk and his own ancestry. A wonderful book to read aloud, and a fine story with or without the Celtic folktale background. My fifth and sixth graders loved it.
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In the novel The New Policeman, time doesn't seem to be on anyone's side. All the Irish villagers of Kinvara feel like they never have enough of it. For teenager JJ Liddy, time seems to be passing too quickly, with no time to practice his Irish music, no time to understand his family's mysterious history, no time to hang out with his friends to go clubbing. In fact, JJ's mom's only request for her birthday is to have more time. In search of it, JJ finds himself in the magical and musical world of Tír na n'Óg, the land of eternal youth, that he thought only existed in fictional storybooks. Here, there has never been any time...until recently. Somehow, a leak has been created between these parallel worlds...a leak which brings time to Tír na n'Óg, and will eventually bring death, to the fairy world. In turn this leak is taking away the hours of the "noddy" (human) world. If JJ can help the fairies find the leak, then he can bring time back to his mother, and even solve a few family mysteries as well. However, unbeknownst to JJ, as time is passing at a snail's pace in Tír na n'Óg, it is flying by in JJ's village, and his disappearance is causing great concern back home.

Author Kate Thompson has carefully crafted a story that fuses together Irish history, folklore, music, and mystery. The short chapters that end with traditional Irish musical score section create an interesting break in the tale. Although there is a glossary included that contains of many of the Irish terms used in the novel, it would benefit students to have background knowledge of such words along with some Irish musical information to create initial curiosity in a story that could seem overwhelming without such knowledge.
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The Irish children's fantasy novel. It sounds like they'd be a dime a dozen, doesn't it? Truth be told, it's remarkably difficult to find one for kids if you happen to be perusing the shelves of your local bookstore. English? Can't get enough of those. Welsh? Less common but Susan Cooper and Lloyd Alexander (both current residents of America) found much of their inspiration in that part of the world. Yet the Irish are a different beast altogether. Though they've a rich cultural background and more history than you can shake a stick at, their children's fantasies have been slow in breaking into the American marketplace. Enter "The New Policeman". A winner of the Whitbread Award and the Guardian Award for children's fiction, the book poses a simple question: Who knows where the time goes? The answer involves fairies, paganism, lost socks, and music.

Rumor has it that there are twenty-four hours in the day, but you wouldn't know it to look at J.J. Liddy and his family. From sunup to sundown everyone has to bust a gut to get anything done. Fortunately, whenever J.J.'s family holds a ceili people always make time to come over and enjoy the music and dancing. Only this time, J.J.'s gotten rebellious. He's just discovered that many people in town are convinced that his great-grandfather once murdered a priest and he's having a bit of a tiff with his best friend. J.J. doesn't know where his loyalties lie, until he promises his mother that he'll buy her a little extra time for her birthday. Little does he suspect that the true reason there aren't any minutes to spare is that they've been leaking into the fairy land Tir na n'Og. Now J.J.
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