The New Policeman

The New Policeman Everyone in Kinvara is conscious that time is flying past faster and faster to such an extent that when JJ asks his mother what she would like as a birthday present she ask for time JJ dismisses this

  • Title: The New Policeman
  • Author: Kate Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780099456278
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • Everyone in Kinvara is conscious that time is flying past, faster and faster to such an extent that when JJ asks his mother what she would like as a birthday present she ask for time JJ dismisses this as mere wishful thinking, an impossibility, for who know where the time goes The Liddys have been musicians for generations and JJ is no exception but what he discoveEveryone in Kinvara is conscious that time is flying past, faster and faster to such an extent that when JJ asks his mother what she would like as a birthday present she ask for time JJ dismisses this as mere wishful thinking, an impossibility, for who know where the time goes The Liddys have been musicians for generations and JJ is no exception but what he discovers is that a shadow from the past hangs over their family did his great grandfather murder the village priest When he sets out to buy his mother time, he discovers the fate of a flute which will provide the key to both problems it is the vital clue He makes the transition to Tir na n Og, the land of eternal youth, where the fairy people are also having a problem with time and it falls to his lot to locate the leak between the two parallel worlds JJ finds where time goes Music proves to be the touchstone for communication between the fairy and the human domains and the book is saturated with the lure of Irish music for JJ s whole existence is built round the ceili and each chapter relates to a tune, printed out as a heading so that the reader can also become a performer As for the New Policeman, Larry O Dwyer, he is an enigmatic figure who has a significant bearing on the plot but whose identity is kept a superbly guarded secret to the very last surprising moment.

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    About "Kate Thompson"

    1. Kate Thompson

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Kate Thompson is an award winning writer for children and adults.She has lived in Ireland, where many of her books are set, since 1981 She is the youngest child of the social historians and peace activists E P Thompson and Dorothy Towers She worked with horses and travelled in India before settling in the west of Ireland with her partner Conor They have two daughters, Cliodhna and Dearbhla She is an accomplished fiddler with an interest in Irish traditional music, reflected in The New Policeman.While Kate Thompson s children s fiction is primarily fantasy, several of her books also deal with the consequences of genetic engineering.She has won the Bisto Children s Book of the Year Award four times, for The Beguilers, The Alchemist s Apprentice, Annan Water and The New Policeman The New Policeman was also awarded the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children s Book Award and the Dublin Airport Authority Children s Book of the Year Award for 2005.


    1. This book changed my life.When I was about nine or ten, my grandma bought this book, having seen a review of it in The Times when it first came out. I'm not sure what she thought would interest me - probably the music, since I've been brought up in a musical family - but it certainly worked.I was amazed at the entire world Kate Thompson had taken from mythology - an interpretation of the sidhe that I'd never seen before. I loved how she mixed Tir n'a nÓg with the modern day world, how her human [...]

    2. J.J. Liddy, the main character of Kate Thompson’s novel The New Policeman, has a problem: there never seems to be enough time in the day. In fact, there seems to be decidedly less time. With barely enough hours in the day for school and his music, J.J. has no time left over to contemplate the shocking revelation that his grandfather may have been a murderer. To make matters worse, this time problem seems to affect everyone in Kinvara.When J.J.’s mother reveals that she wants more time for he [...]

    3. There never quite seems to be enough time to do everything. That’s always been a problem, but it’s been getting worse lately. Everything always feels rushed, and there is no time just to wander along slowly and relax. When J.J.’s mother idly wishes for more time for her birthday, J.J. decides to find her some. But how can he find her time when he barely has enough time of his own to do the basics, like schoolwork—let alone to find out if the local rumors about his grandfather being a mur [...]

    4. I am remarkably underwhelmed by this one. Due to the super short chapters and one-page musical compositions in between them, I found myself turning pages what felt like every 2 seconds, which got annoying. Also, it takes nearly half the book for the pace to pick up and for you to discover just what the heck the story is about to begin with. The last half is better than the first, so if you stick with it you'll be rewarded with a decent story and resolution, but overall I'm not sure I'd recommend [...]

    5. What would you do if you could add more hours to your day? Time is a scarce commodity in the County Galway town of Kinvara, Ireland. Fifteen-year-old J.J. Liddy, a musician from a long line of musicians, wants to help his mother have her only birthday wish: to find more time. As a musician and farmer, Liddy and his family are already connected to the magic that is old Ireland, where fairy rings are kept intact, and musicians are considered antithetical to the Catholic Church. So when J.J. sets o [...]

    6. The residents of Kinvara, a small town in Ireland, feel as though time is slipping away from them: nobody has enough time, and it just seems to be getting worse. When J.J.’s mother asks for more time for her birthday, J.J. sets out to find it for her and finds himself caught up in a world of fantastical creatures out of Irish mythology. This has an interesting set-up, but it takes forever to get going, and never caught my interest that much. (I will admit that this is partly a grouch on my par [...]

    7. A book about time and where it is going. This book has very short chapters that open with the musical score for traditional Irish music. It's a shame that the book didn't come with a CD of the songs! The Irish setting, with the main character playing the fiddle since the age of five is captivating as is the setting of Tir na Nog, the land of eternal youth. Time is being trapped into Tir na Nog, and the fairies there are starting to age. Also time is being lost in our world and life gets more and [...]

    8. I didn't enjoy this very much. For one thing, the "chapters" were, on average, a page and a half long. The disjointedness this caused made for uncomfortable reading. Secondly, is anyone else getting the feeling that authors and script writers are becoming lazy and rewriting old stories with a new take or remaking old films far too much? I get the impression that this author thought, "Tir na nOg, now that is a great idea. How can I twist this superstition into an [yet another] idea for a book?" I [...]

    9. Possibly the quickest 400-page book I've read. A fast, light read with enough depth to leave me guessing - I'd figured that A was B (or was C B?) but not that A was B was C. Not so fussed on the cliched Corrupt Catholic Priest, even if it was excused with "JJ went to mass every Sunday; he had a lot of respect for priests, just not this one;" but kudos to Thompson for having the guts to bring the Church/Magic debate into a kids' book (even if the Church lost this time). A very good read.

    10. Wonderfully written, great atmosphere, but somehow it _just_ missed the mark. The language is fabulous - you have the sense that you are listening to an Irish storyteller - but maybe that's the problem. You are listening to someone telling a story in the pub, and it's just a great yarn, but doesn't have the depth of a serious novel. Do you think? I just felt that I wanted more.

    11. REQUIRED TEXT, FAIRY TALE, ALA NOTABLE BOOKThis is such a fun book. A tale of running out of time and missing socks. It is set in Ireland and is full of music and faerie people. A fun read for any age. I need to get my violin out and learn the music that is publishe between each section.

    12. Nice paranormal story of a young Irish fiddle-player who tries to find out how time is leaking out of the world.

    13. REQUIRED BOOKRating: *****"The New Policeman" by Kate Thompson is a fantasy novel that takes place in present-day Ireland about a boy named JJ Liddy, a musician whose family, although well-renowned in their community for their musical prowess, had some controversy in the past when a priest by the name of Father Doherty disappears after taking his great-grandfather's flute. While interesting in itself, what makes JJ's story even more interesting is that there is a phenomenon where time just keeps [...]

    14. J.J. ends up in faerie lands, Tir na nOg, to be precise, when his mother asks – as her birthday wish – for more time. Tir na nOg, known as the timeless place, has a problem, a leak, and time is getting in little by little and changing what was once changeless. The faeries agree that J.J. can have all the time he wants for his mother (and for anyone else in his land) if he can find the leak and do something about it. J.J.’s quest leads him on a strange adventure through Tir na nOg where he [...]

    15. According to the Independent, The New Policeman is a “beautifully original book.” I agree with this statement, but like the Independent, have nothing better to say about the book or the writing. It is original, but as many original things are, it is nothing special. It is not a good idea, it is an original idea. Or maybe it is a good idea, but her execution of it was poor. The plot was somewhat ridiculous. The novel appears to exist in the world we know until all of a sudden the main charact [...]

    16. They often say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but in the case of this book, don’t judge it by its title. While the book sounds downright boring at first, the reader will quickly find that the title has little to do with this brilliantly imaginative story. Irish boy JJ Liddy and his family are naturally gifted music players with a hidden secret that JJ struggles with. Along with this struggle, the town is always in a rush, wishing for more time. On his quest for the missing time he [...]

    17. (YA) Thompson, KateThe New Policeman. (F) Time seems to be spinning away faster and faster. J.J. Liddy promises his mother he will get her the birthday gift she truly wants—more time. J.J. is a gifted musician from a family with a music tradition. His grandfather was famous for his flute and fiddle music and, it was whispered, for killing a priest. On the land his family owns is an ancient fort with a souterrain or underground room. J.J discover that the souterrain contains the passage into th [...]

    18. Read this a few yrs. ago and really enjoyed it; plot was especially strong and original, and I certainly sympathize with the characters' feelings of never having enough time.

    19. The New Policeman Reveiw by Lauren RedmondTitle- The new PolicemanAuthor- Kate ThompsonPublisher- Red FoxDate- 2006Genre- YA Fantasy, Irish fiction,Rating- 4/5 starsTime has run out in the Irish village of Kinvara. So much so, JJ Liddy has no time for his schoolwork, Irish music, ceilis and the sudden revelation that his great grandfather murdered the village priest. His mother wishes for time for her birthday which seems like an impossible task for JJ until eccentric German neighbour Anne Korff [...]

    20. J.J. Bryne is a teenager that loves music, dancing, and hanging out with his friends. He is both the average teenager, but also an Irishman with a rich history and culture behind his mother’s family, the Liddys. Their small town in Ireland is known for céilis in which the entire village would gather together and play and dance to songs performed by fiddles and flutes. One normal week of school, J.J. gets invited to go into the city and rave with his friends. However, he stops at his aunt’s [...]

    21. I got this book and its sequel, The Last of the High Kings, for probably a dollar or so at a library book sale. It ended up sitting on my shelf for a few years because, while I was interested enough to buy it, I guess I couldn't muster enough interest to invest the time into reading the first one. I'm glad I finally got around to it! This was a really fun middle grade novel set in Ireland, and it centers around a boy named J.J. who feels stretched too thin in a world where there is simply not en [...]

    22. I hate to give this book such a low rating; it was entertaining ( both Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz spring to mind for comparison). The author's interest in music tends to overshadow the plot a bit as it reads, at times, like a primer on the history of Irish music and folklore. I was disappointed that the author seemed unsure as to whether it should be informative or whimsical, for adults or for children. perhaps with a bit of editing/ tightening I could have scored it more highly. but overall [...]

    23. I loved this book and this is the first book I have read by this author, however, I will read more. Has current time and another world. It was easy to keep straight what world someone was in. This book is set in Ireland with dancing and music. The relationship with the new policeman is very clear by the end of this story. I liked and cared about the characters and what happens to them. An enjoyable read.

    24. It's soooo easy to question the placing of time because there isn't time left for us to do everything we want. However, this novel takes us into the likes of Tir na n'Og, the land of eternal youth, the one place that helps J.J Liddy understand his cultural heritage and appreciate all that he has. Sometimes we have to live a place to find ourselves, and that is what happens in this book.

    25. I liked this book. It was a nice, quick read and reminded me of when I was a little girl and I still believed in fairies, magic portals, etc. If I were to have any complaints, it would be that I probably would've appreciated it more when I was younger.

    26. What a fun, surprisingly fast book to read about a modern-day teen who travels to the Celtic otherworld to seek a way to give his mother more time in her hectic life. It also solves one of the greatest mysteries known to present-day man. :)

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