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The new policeman
Kate Thompson
Teen Fiction THOMPSO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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. J.J. Liddy, 15, lives in a village on Ireland's fabled west coast where the prevailing complaint is about too-busy adults and overprogrammed kids ("Children could scarcely even find time for making mischief"). "Time" is what J.J.'s mother wants most for her birthday. The Liddys, renowned musicians for generations, regularly host a c?il! (dance) with musicians and step-dancers at their home. But though J.J. is a gifted musician himself, he wants to be two places at once when a friend suggests they go clubbing the same night as the monthly c?il!. En route to turn his friend down, J.J. is waylaid by a woman who knows why time is flying by but needs J.J. (for reasons having to do with his family history) to fix it. The problem has nothing to do with Ireland joining the E.U., as many locals believe, but rather with events in T!r na n'Og, the fairy kingdom. As J.J. puts it, "Time is leaking out of our world into yours"-a deadly development, since heretofore the "little people" had enjoyed eternal life. Thompson's nifty plotting mines a rich vein of Irish faerie lore and magic for this meditation on the losses that modernization brings. The book is a kind of love song to traditional Irish music, every chapter ends with a melody. Readers may wish the book came with a CD. Ages 10-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Where does the time go? J.J. Liddy's mother tells him that the only thing she wants for her birthday is more time. J.J. sets out to find her some and discovers that time really is running out for the otherworldly inhabitants of TIr na n'Og. Listen Up: This fanciful tale is an allegory for old and new Ireland; the place where one can sit with a neighbor, enjoy a cup of tea, and maybe hear a tune as one surrenders to the go-go rush of the modern world. Each chapter begins with a musical interlude, Irish folksongs with names like "The Teetotaller" and "A Priest and His Boots." Adult listeners know better the pressures of our age and will cheer all the louder when the musicians and storytellers win the day. More fun than a complete boxed set of Ballykissangel.-Angelina Benedetti, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters J.J. Liddy
Age: 15
Comes from an irish musical family; used to be so much time to enjoy life, but lately there just isn't enough; goes searching for where the time has gone; learns the identity of the new town policeman.

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