Kate Thompson

28 children’s books by the writer

Kate Thompson is one of the most exciting authors writing for young people today for she is a born storyteller, 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 is a multi-award winning author and the only author to win the Children's Books Ireland Bisto Book of the Year award four times.

12+ years

The Last of the High Kings

Kate Thompson

The Last of the High Kings

JJ Liddy sometimes blames his unreliable temperament on the visit he made to Tir na n'Og, the land of eternal youth, when he was fifteen years old. It's perhaps not surprising that his children have also turned out ...

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The Nutcracker

Kate Thompson

The Nutcracker

Best known as the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker is a charming book in its own right. Full of magic and childish wonder, this coming-of-age novella by E.T.A. Hoffmann has something for everyone: beautiful dolls, ferocious ...

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12+ years

Creature of the Night

Kate Thompson

Creature of the Night

I could hear Dennis talking to my ma. 'She was little,' he said. 'Little like me. But old. Older than you.' Those words gave me a cold shock. I could see Dennis imagining fairies, but old ones? When Bobby's ...

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12-17 years

Creature of the Night

Kate Thompson

Creature of the Night

I could hear Dennis talking to my ma. 'She was little,' he said. 'Little like me. But old. Older than you.' Those words gave me a cold shock. I could see Dennis imagining fairies, but old ones? When Bobby's ...

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9-11 years

Highway Robbery

Kate Thompson

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 has ever dreamt of. But who is the rider, and why is there so ...

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12+ years

The Fourth Horseman

Kate Thompson

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 alone. Laurie is convinced that his appearance has a meaning, that somehow he is trying to tell ...

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12+ years

The Beguilers

Kate Thompson

The Beguilers

There is a dire warning never to peep out at them. There are stories of people who succumbed to their voices and walked out into the night, never to be seen again. But Rilka, frustrated by the culture of her ...

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12+ years

The White Horse Trick

Kate Thompson

The White Horse Trick

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 ...

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