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The New Policeman (New Policeman #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  2,028 Ratings  ·  412 Reviews
Irish teenager JJ Liddy discovers that time is leaking from his world into Tir na nOg, the land of the fairies, and when he attempts to stop the leak he finds out a lot about his family history, the music that he loves, and a crime his great-grandfather may or may not have committed.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sep 11, 2007 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 her bi
Miriam Joy
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
Aug 30, 2007 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like wonderful books
Shelves: teen, urbanfantasy
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 murderer ar ...more
Mar 22, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
Andrea Talarico
Apr 06, 2012 Andrea Talarico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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 part ...more
Jan 08, 2008 Nanci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA fantasy and fairie stories
Shelves: fantasy-ya
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 ...more
Oct 28, 2007 J.Elle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
May 02, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Debbie Gascoyne
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.
Eric Wolford
Oct 07, 2016 Eric Wolford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-420

Rating: *****

"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
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Apr 05, 2011 Brenden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 character i
Apr 03, 2011 Devon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 disc ...more
Dec 05, 2007 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle school and up, music lovers
(YA) Thompson, Kate
The 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 the
Kristen Averett
Oct 05, 2016 Kristen Averett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-420
This 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.
Kris Springer
Jul 14, 2011 Kris Springer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 24, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Fun combination of magic, music, Irish legends and the idea that there is never enough time!
Elijah Brazel
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Cate Courtright
Jan 21, 2017 Cate Courtright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
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
Savannah Elyss
Dec 07, 2016 Savannah Elyss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-420
This fantasy novel is the perfect novel for a reader who is wanting to explore different worlds and adventures that are told by a young teenage boy from Ireland. This is a very original book that tells the stories of different Irish traditions and time that seems to go by fast even when we feel like we have the lack of. It's a compelling story of a son trying to get his mother what it is that she wants, "more time in her day." J.J. finds a place where "time stands still" but in
Tiffany Peterson

JJ Liddy is Irish through and through. His family is known for their music: it's in his blood. He finds a portal to another world, where time stands still. He soon realizes that time is seeping from his world into this new world and must find a way to fix the leak.

This book was entertaining, but the mix of fantasy and reality was not my favorite. The end was somewhat predictable and cheesy, but it was a fun twist.
Grace Taito
Nov 26, 2016 Grace Taito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-420
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.
Courtney Jones
This book takes place in Ireland and talks about a boy J.J who loves music. J.J learns from his friends that his family has an intersting past and that his grandfather may have murdered someone. ON top of it all time sems to be going very quickly and all his mom wants for her birthday is more time. J.J goes on a quest to be able to find more time and ends up in another land where time normally stands still. However, there is a leak between the two worlds and our world is losing time to the fairy ...more
Stella Stowell
Nov 05, 2016 Stella Stowell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-420
I honestly didn't enjoy reading this book, although I did appreciate that Thompson created an original plot from her interest in Celtic mythology, which she was evidently familiar with. When J.J. Liddy finds out that his grandfather was rumored to have killed another man he begins to try to renounce his heritage, although heritage and tradition are essence of the Liddy family. While J.J. is struggling to reconcile his familial past with the present, he is continually fighting the pr
Ryne Steinacker
[NOTE: Spoilers ahead!]

With a title like The New Policeman, you might not realize that this is a fantasy novel. But it is, and in it, Kate Thompson shares a clever and imaginative tale that incorporates Irish mythology. While Thompson is not Irish by birth, she has become well-versed in much of Irish culture, including music and folklore, and her novel incorporates these elements throughout (including a short score of traditional Irish tunes after every short chapter). The novel focuses on the f
Oct 04, 2016 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-420
J.J. Liddy has a problem: he never seems to have enough time in a day. In fact, there suddenly seems to be less time than usual, and he can’t find a way to accomplish all that he needs to do with school, music, friends, and chores. He’s also just found out that his grandfather might have been a murderer, which is never great for popularity. So when J.J.’s mom asks for more time for her birthday, J.J. sets off on an adventure to obtain the impossible, leading him to quite an impo
Cover Blurb: I like the clock gears and the blue color. But I think it’s a little misleading because my first thought when I saw this cover was that it was a time travel story, and it isn’t.

What I Liked: All the tunes at the end of each chapter! Being a musician, how can I not like that? While I am not a fan of J.J.’s name, I liked him pretty well as a protagonist, though I’ll confess he isn’t the most memorable protagonist I’ve encountered. But I wouldn’t go so far as to accuse him of being car
I was given this book by our Teen Librarian, who knows I like fantasy. I took a pause from my library books to give this one a go. It's definitely one of the more original stories I've read of late. It feels odd to say that. But then, if I were Irish, maybe I wouldn't be saying it. Funnily enough, Aengus and the Dagda made an appearance...I found that an interesting coincidence, so close to my taking a leap out of my norm and reading Dream Angus.

So. J.J. Liddy comes from a musical family with a
Oct 01, 2009 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 w
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