Author: Kate Thompson
Reading Level: 5th-8th
Edition: Hardcover, 2007
Hallucinating. Mesmerizing. Tantallizing. Extraordinary.
(Charming, seductive and completely enthralling – as described by Eoin Colfer, which is apt, as well.)
I especially adore the fact that, instead of leaving the identity of The New Policeman subtly hinted and hidden for readers to puzzle over (although it got more and more obvious as the book goes — perfectly executed, those little hints throughout), there is a resounding confirmation. It makes this a most satisfyig children’s book: the readers are not left with a malencholy that hangs over our head — which it can EASILY go.
The short chapters match so well with the missing Time. As an Irish music fan, I can’t help but humming all the tunes after each chapter. How cleverly done those are — and Thompson even composed a couple herself.
This is a deserving award winner (of both the 2005 Guardian and Whitbread Awards) and should be relentlessly promoted to all worthy young readers!