Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The New Policeman by Kate Thompson


Hi everyone! My boss just read "The New Policeman" by Kate Thompson and highly recommended it. It was originally published in the UK in 2005, first US publication is 2007. It won the Costa (formerly Whitbread)Book Award in 2005 and has starred reviews from Booklist, SLJ, PW, and Kirkus. I will be starting it tonight. Do we want to add it to the "real" list?

Cheers!

Katie

9 Comments:

At May 31, 2007 at 8:59 AM , Blogger Karrie said...

It's already on the list; glad to hear your boss liked it.

 
At May 31, 2007 at 9:45 AM , Blogger Katie said...

Oops! I thought I had checked the list. Looks good!

 
At June 30, 2007 at 1:06 PM , Blogger Kip said...

This was a wonderful book and easily a YAH. It was a very creative plot, great characters and cool background.

 
At July 3, 2007 at 12:34 PM , Blogger kathy said...

I was sort of on the fence with this one until it sort of seasoned in my head. Once I recommended it to a teen, my vote became a "yes". I was concerned about the shift near the end, mild depth of character development and the main character's tame response to the revelation of his grandfather's identity. I did like the way he planned to address the scheduling conflict with his friend without compromising his family and music commitment.

What I wrote to the teen:
I recently read the New Policeman by Kate Thompson - Do you play music? There's a page of Irish whistle/fiddle music in between each chapter. I was curious, and got out my penny whistle, and they are "real" songs. Anyway, you don't have to like music to read the story. It kind of blends Irish mythology with current day, which you might like with all the manga you read (and you might relate more easily than someone who isn't used to current day mixing with mythical creatures and gods).

 
At September 1, 2007 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Ms. Zandra said...

I absolutely loved this book. A great big YAY for me!

 
At November 23, 2007 at 10:39 AM , Blogger Kara Fredericks said...

I really enjoyed this book and got caught up in both the story and the characters. I appreciated the originality of it. YAY

 
At December 10, 2007 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Janice Heilman said...

I enjoyed reading this book but it didn't stick with me after reading it... NAY for me.

 
At January 31, 2008 at 6:51 AM , Blogger Katie said...

I got a bit tired of the "musical interludes", I think this would have wider range on audio, otherwise the music is somewhat wasted. Nay for me for TU

 
At February 1, 2008 at 6:30 PM , Blogger Karrie said...

Katie's right -- the musical interludes are played on the CD. However, the narrator was so annoying that I couldn't listen to it. She had a nice Irish lilt, but when she voiced the boys, she pitched her voice so high and fast that she sounded like the Lucky Charms leprechaun on helium. I didn't get enough of if under my belt to take a stance on it yet.

 

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