The White Horse Trick by Kate Thompson

The White Horse Trick

Written by Kate Thompson
Part of the The New Policeman Trilogy Series

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A dramatic climax to The New Policeman Trilogy.

The time is the end of the 21st century and climate change has wiped out a whole country leaving it unable to support its pitiful population. Those who are left are enslaved by the wealthy war lords. There are problems too in Tir na n'Og where refugees are flooding into through weak borders. The King of the Fairies is determined to find out why. Now old, JJ Liddy must go on a journey back across time and find out what his successors are up to. But can he remember the complicated trick he needs to do to make it happen? A typically thoughtful ending to a highly inventive and lyrically written series.

An almost dead cert for being shortlisted for the various major children’s book awards so watch this space.

The New policeman trilogy:

1. The New Policeman

2. The Last of the High Kings

3. The White Horse Trick


The White Horse Trick by Kate Thompson

It is the latter part of the 21st century, and dramatic climate change has made life in Ireland almost impossible. Meanwhile, Tir na n'Og is faced with a refugee problem, and the king of the fairies is not happy about it and when it is revealed that the warlord who is behind the problem is a member of the Liddy family, JJ is sent to sort him out...Following on from The New Policeman and The Last of the High Kings , The White Horse Trick travels from the now to far distant futures: from world's end to world's beginning.

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Fantastic in many ways . . . I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone fancying a change, surprise, challenge or simply a satisfying read -- Katherine Allan * Teen Titles * I think The White Horse Trick is a book that improves and stimulates your imagination. . . . Full of surprises and wonders -- Shaheer Chaudry * Teen Titles *

About the Author

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson is one of the most exciting authors writing for young people today for she is a born storyteller, is highly original and thought-provoking in her ideas. She has travelled widely in the USA and India and studied law in London. After living in County Clare, she moved to Kinvara in County Galway and there, three years ago, she discovered her passion for playing the fiddle. She is now an accomplished player and also has a great interest in restoring instruments. Kate Thompson has won the Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Book of the Year award three times – in 2002 for The Beguilers, in 2003 for The Alchemist’s Apprentice and in 2004 for Annan Water. The New Policeman won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Book Award Children’s category in 2005.

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352 pages


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Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

1st April 2010




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