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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by Kirkus Reviews (Starred 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."
by School Library Journal (Starred Review),
"A glorious read."
by Horn Book Magazine (Starred Review),
"Just the package to appeal to those who admire not just a brave heart but a quick comeback as well."
"The humor and the danger will appeal to Discworld fans and also readers who relish J. K. Rowling's Harry."
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.
by Harper Collins,
"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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