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The White Horse Trick

By Kate Thompson

The White Horse Trick
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2010,
    416 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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The world is drowning.

Freak storms and devastating hurricanes sweep across the countryside. No one has enough food or firewood - electricity is an option only for the tyrannical Commander - and then the Commander begins stealing young children away. Pup's little brother is one of the missing.

Determined to save his brother, Pup confronts the Commander and finds himself "volunteered" for a special force. One that will slip through the barriers of time into a land where the sun never sets ... just as another boy from Kinvara did long ago. With the future of both realms at stake, the fairies and humans must take drastic measures to stop the destruction. But not everyone wants the human race to survive.

The thrilling conclusion to the story that began in the acclaimed The New Policeman.

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"Starred Review. Fast-paced, masterful and wholly satisfying." - Kirkus

"Thompson has done a marvelous job of spinning an entertaining and ultimately hopeful tale, while at the same time criticizing the devastation caused by humanity's excesses. Grades 7-10." - School Library Journal

"A perfectly enchanting fantasy tale . . . mesmerizing and captivating" - VOYA

"Kate Thompson's The White Horse Trick does the impossible: it's a cracking travel story blending Irish mythology with climate chaos. Add to that an eccentric fairy who has a craving for tobacco with some splendid family showdowns and you get a teenage novel which would not feel out of place in any book group." - The Independent (UK)

"Much wit and banter animate this all-too-realistic fantasy that ends with a beginning - no, not of a sequel, but of an age-old story of origins." - The Irish Times

"[W]eighty concerns are balanced by humor, and the story ends on a hopeful note about the planet's ultimate resilience. Ages 12–up." - Publishers Weekly

"Thompson delivers a delightful twist that turns the tale into a riff on the biblical creation story. Copious drinking and some use of tobacco are in keeping with the characters and their diverse—and diverting—times. Grades 7-10. " - Booklist

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Kate Thompson Author Biography

Kate Thompson was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, in 1956, the youngest of three children. After she left school she worked with racehorses for several years, in England and in the USA before going to college to study law. She left after a year and went traveling to India. On a second visit to India she began volunteering at an orphanage in Maharashtra, then spent time in Santiniketan, the college that was set up by India’s great poet, Rabindranath Tagore. Between the two visits to India she moved to Ireland, and has lived there since 1981.

Thompson didn’t start writing seriously until the late eighties. she joined the North Clare Writers’ Workshop, which met every week in Ennistymon Library, and was soon producing poems and short stories on a regular basis. One ...

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