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The New Policeman

The New Policeman

Spring 2007 Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Kate Thompson
ISBN: 978-0-06-117427-8
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Where on earth is the time going? That is the question consuming everyone in the small Irish town of Kinvara. Time always seemed to fly, but now it has gotten ridiculous. When his mother asks for “more time in the day” for her birthday, 15-year-old J.J. tries to find a way to give her that gift. But how? There was barely enough time to do his schoolwork and chores every day, let alone play his beloved fiddle. How could he find more time to give his mother? When a neighbor reveals the entrance to a world that was only supposed to exist in fairy tales, a world where time stands still, J.J. embarks on a journey that he hopes will reveal the mystery about where the time is going. Upon entering that world, he disappears from his own—just about the time the new policeman shows up in the village. Coincidence?

First published in Britain in 2005, The New Policeman won the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Recently published in the U.S., this wonderfully written, imaginatively conceived tale, rich in Irish lore and interspersed with musical scores, is a pure delight. Grades 6–10

Patricia Loverich   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Patricia Loverich is a young adult librarian at the Arlington (VA) Public Library. She lives and reads in Arlington with her husband, her 16–year–old son, and her 13–year–old dog.

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