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"Another world is colliding with this one," said the toad. "All the monsters are coming back."

"Why?" said Tiffany.

"There's no one to stop them."

There was silence for a moment.

Then Tiffany said, "There's me."

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnaped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle — aka the Wee Free Men — a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds — black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors — before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone....

In a riveting narrative that is equal parts suspense and humor, Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett returns to his internationally popular Discworld with a breathtaking tale certain to leave fans, new and old, enthralled.

Review:

"The baby's rescue is accomplished with unrelenting drama, large servings of Pratchett's ironic humor, and a unique cast of characters....Set in a chillingly unrecognizable 'fairyland,' this ingenious mélange of fantasy, action, humor, and sly bits of social commentary contains complex underlying themes of the nature of love, reality, and dreams. The Carnegie Medal-winner's fans will not be disappointed." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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"A glorious read." School Library Journal (Starred Review)

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"Just the package to appeal to those who admire not just a brave heart but a quick comeback as well." Horn Book Magazine (Starred Review)

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"The humor and the danger will appeal to Discworld fans and also readers who relish J. K. Rowling's Harry." Booklist

Synopsis:

In a thrilling tale that is equal parts suspense and humor, Carnegie Medalist Pratchett spins the story of a young witch-to-be named Tiffany who must journey through the terrifying and ever-shifting dreamscape of Fairyland to rescue her kidnapped brother.

Synopsis:

"Another world is colliding with this one," said the toad. "All the monsters are coming back."

"Why?" said Tiffany.

"There's no one to stop them.

There was silence for a moment.

Then Tiffany said, "There's me."

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnaped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle — aka the Wee Free Men — a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds — black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors — before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone....

In a riveting narrative that is equal parts suspense and humor, Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett returns to his internationally popular Discworld with a breathtaking tale certain to leave fans, new and old, enthralled.

About the Author

With sales of over 30 million copies, Terry Pratchett's brilliantly funny and subtly wise books have been translated into more than 25 languages.

In addition to his novels about the fantastic flat planet Discworld, Mr. Pratchett has written several children's books, including The Bromeliad Trilogy and the books about Johnny Maxwell: Only You Can Save Mankind, Johnny and the Bomb, and Johnny and the Dead.

Mr. Pratchett won the Carnegie Medal for his first young adult novel set in Discworld, the amazing maurice and his educated rodents, which was also named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, one of the New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and a Bank Street College Children's Book Committee Book of Outstanding Merit.

Mr. Pratchett lives in the English chalk country.

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Janet Hamilton, November 28, 2006 (view all comments by Janet Hamilton)
Tiffany Aching is a witch in training and a gutsy heroine who could serve as role model for many a youngster who does not hold their place in the world in high esteem. Readers are privileged to watch the quick witted sharp tongued Tiffany as she processes her own awareness of her innate wisdom. Tiffany is the star of this first book in a series of three. Her supporting cast consists of the blue skinned, red haired, Wee Free Men who are strangely bound to their own irreverent laws. Terry Pratchett is an exciting author with a uniquely humorous style that has enough depth and breadth to fascinate both adults and children, gifting us all with a delightful fantasy that's wrapped in fun.
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Patricia Norris-Landry, September 28, 2006 (view all comments by Patricia Norris-Landry)
This book, the first in the series, stands by itself in a world of nonsensical books for youth. Tiffany, despite her definitely non witchlike name, is a no nonsense young lady out to take on the world. Armed with her granny's knowledge, her frypan, her penchant for asking the right questions and with the help and sometimes hindrance, of the Nac MacFeegles Tiffany takes you on a rollicking and sometimes poignant romp through the hills and dells of the famed chalk country.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060012366
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Subject:
Girls & Women
Author:
Pratchett, Terry
Author:
by Terry Pratchett
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fairies
Subject:
Witches
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Discworld
Publication Date:
April 29, 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.93 in 16.16 oz
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 272 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060012366 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The baby's rescue is accomplished with unrelenting drama, large servings of Pratchett's ironic humor, and a unique cast of characters....Set in a chillingly unrecognizable 'fairyland,' this ingenious mélange of fantasy, action, humor, and sly bits of social commentary contains complex underlying themes of the nature of love, reality, and dreams. The Carnegie Medal-winner's fans will not be disappointed."
"Review" by , "A glorious read."
"Review" by , "Just the package to appeal to those who admire not just a brave heart but a quick comeback as well."
"Review" by , "The humor and the danger will appeal to Discworld fans and also readers who relish J. K. Rowling's Harry."
"Synopsis" by , In a thrilling tale that is equal parts suspense and humor, Carnegie Medalist Pratchett spins the story of a young witch-to-be named Tiffany who must journey through the terrifying and ever-shifting dreamscape of Fairyland to rescue her kidnapped brother.

"Synopsis" by ,
"Another world is colliding with this one," said the toad. "All the monsters are coming back."

"Why?" said Tiffany.

"There's no one to stop them.

There was silence for a moment.

Then Tiffany said, "There's me."

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnaped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle — aka the Wee Free Men — a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds — black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors — before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone....

In a riveting narrative that is equal parts suspense and humor, Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett returns to his internationally popular Discworld with a breathtaking tale certain to leave fans, new and old, enthralled.

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