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  Library Journal Review

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.

  Booklist Review

Heart-pounding Irish music is the common ground between material and magical worlds in this ambitious fantasy, which begins in western Ireland. When J. J. Liddy is 15, his mother jokingly asks for a birthday present of more time. From an eccentric neighbor, J. J. learns to his astonishment that his mother's request may not be impossible to fill. Bravely venturing into an alternate fairy world, J. J. takes on a thrilling, epic quest in which he confronts dark family rumors and tries to repair a cosmic time leak between his world and the land of eternal youth. Thompson packs her mesmerizing, chaotic novel with Irish culture (including phrases defined in a glossary), interconnected mysteries, and sly questions about the stresses of contemporary life and the age-old frictions between religion and folklore. Readers will quickly overlook any creaky plot connections and fall eagerly into the rich, comic language and the captivating characters and scenes, particularly those that feature musicians (including talented J. J.), who play the wild, anarchic music that bridges worlds. Musical scores for Irish tunes (some written by Thompson) close each chapter in this soulful, wildly imagined tale that has already won several British awards, including the Guardian Children's Book Prize and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. Suggest it to fans of O. R. Melling's The Hunter's Moon (2005) and Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2007 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

J.J. Liddy sometimes wishes he could go clubbing like the other boys instead of playing fiddle at his family's dances every weekend. Still, he loves the music. If only there were more time--for it seems everyone is running around these days, late for breakfast, late for school, late for dancing. Hoping to buy a bit of time for his mother's birthday, he finds himself in to T"r na n'Óg, land of the ever young. There he meets the fairy folk, pleasure-loving musicians who explain that time's been leaking from his world into theirs. Not only is this responsible for the terrible rush that plagues J.J.'s life, but it is bringing aging and death to the usually unchanging world of the fairies. Extremely short chapters interspersed with musical scores of appropriate traditional tunes create a choppy start, but the novel, rich with Irish flavor, quickly warms up as time passes too quickly in both worlds. A wholly satisfying resolution returns all characters to their homes--with a bit of crossing-over fun. Charming. (Fantasy. 12-14) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Acclaimed author Kate Thompson won both the Guardian Children¿s Book Prize and the Whitbread Children¿s Book of the Year Award for this enchanting novel. Irish teenager J.J. Liddy wishes he could provide his mother with her true birthday desire¿the gift of more time. Everything seems to happen so fast in the modern world. Before long, J.J. finds himself in the land of the ever young, where the faeries teach him some amazing truths.
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