Monday, January 1, 2007

The New Policeman

The New Policeman by Kate Thompson

Kinvara, a small Irish community, is suddenly running out of time. There’s never enough of it to go around, so don’t even think about smelling the roses, because homework, chores, and conversations are all cut short by time. Everyone notices it, but laughs until J.J. Liddy promises his mother “time” for her birthday. But how will he get it for her? The Liddys are famous for their céilís, a social gathering of music and dancing, and for that night long ago when the parish priest disappeared after stealing the Liddy’s flute to stop the music and stop the fairies. They certainly weren’t famous for being time-catchers. But he explores the underground houses, the souterrains, by the ring forts and suddenly finds himself in Tir na n’Og, the land of eternal youth. And the good news is that the fairies have plenty of time to go around. They are even looking to get rid of it, not very hard of course, because dancing and music come first. Will J.J. be able to resist their music and bring time back or will he, like the priest, vanish from his world forever? If you’ve ever wondered who the fey were and how our worlds mesh, this book will give you its answer in music and mystery. Definitely put “time” aside for it.

--Sara, guest reviewer

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