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Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson

  • 4 stars across 29 books
Kate Thompson is one of the most exciting authors writing for young people today. A born storyteller, her work is highly original and she is 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, she discovered her passion for playing the fiddle. She is now an accomplished player and also has a great interest in restoring instruments. Kate is the only author to win the Children's Books Ireland Bisto Book of the Year award four times - in 2002 for The Beguilers, in 2003 for The Alchemist's Apprentice, in 2004 for Annan Water and in 2006 for The New Policeman. The New Policeman also won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2005, the Whitbread Book Award Children's category 2005, the Children's Book of the Year in the Irish Book Awards in March 2006 and has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2008 Kate was again shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Bisto Award for her book, The Last of the High Kings, a beautiful and haunting story that delves deep into the magic of Irish myth and folklore.
3rd September 2020

Superheroes Don't Get Scared... Or Do They?

'I absolutely love this fun, brilliantly illustrated book' - Elizabeth Dale, children's book author 'An impor... MoreSuperheroes Don't Get Scared... Or Do They?

(3 reviews) Review
6th April 2006

The New Policeman

Everyone in Kinvara is conscious that time is flying past, faster and faster - to such an extent that when JJ asks his m... MoreThe New Policeman

(1 review) Review
1st June 2004

Switchers Trilogy

'One of the best books of the year' said the "Guardian" when "Switchers" was published and it received outstanding criti... MoreSwitchers Trilogy

(1 review) Review
5th January 2023

Superheroes Always Fight Back... Or Do They?

Arthur dreams of being a mega-fast and strong superhero with the ability to fight and banish the baddie next door. But... MoreSuperheroes Always Fight Back... Or Do They?

(1 review) Review
31st January 2019


Leo is rich, popular and sporty. His life is perfect. When his parents and friends start acting strangely, Leo begins to... MoreWanted

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7th July 2011

Highway Robbery

'Hold the mare for me, lad. And when I come back I'll give you a golden guinea.'It's more money than the street urchin h... MoreHighway Robbery

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7th June 2007

The Fourth Horseman

The first time Laurie and her dad see the white rider watching them from the deep, cool shadows of the trees, he is alon... MoreThe Fourth Horseman

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