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The Wee Free Men: (Discworld Novel 30) (Discworld Novels) [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
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Amazon Review

When you have an author as good as Terry Pratchett writing for children, you expect that the result will be a novel of great invention, assured comic timing and a generally all-round highly readable fantasy tour de force. Readers of The Wee Free Men will not be disappointed. After winning the prestigious Carnegie Medal award for his previous story of Discworld for younger readers, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Pratchett has followed up with another irresistibly entertaining adventure.

Miss Perspicacia Tick, a witch of some renown, is worried about a ripple in the walls of the universe--probably another world making contact. Which is not good. This errant activity is centred on some chalk country--where traditionally good witches simply do not grow well. Fortunately, Miss Tiffany Aching of Home Farm on The Chalk, nine years old, misunderstood and yearning for excitement, wants to be a witch and has just proved herself to be of great potential by whacking a big Green Monster from the river with a huge frying pan while using her annoying younger brother as bait. Miss Tick is impressed. So, after travelling to the chalky downs at once and dispensing some stop gap advice to Tiffany about holding the fort until she gets back with more help, Miss Tick is off.

Any hesitation Tiffany may have had about the seriousness of the situation expires when the Queen of the fairies kidnaps her younger brother. With the help of a talking frog, loaned by Miss Tick, and an army of thieving, warmongering, nippy, boozy wee free men called the Nac Mac Feegle (who used to work for the Queen but rebelled), Tiffany sets off rescue her kin.

There's humour at every turn, and the situations that follow are both wonderfully dramatic and preposterously unreal. Pratchett really is the master of his genre and it's difficult to imagine a more entertaining read. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Plenty to laugh at here, not least Pratchett's ability to put a 90 degree spin on the familiar" (The Times)

"A clear example of a comic fantasy classic and, well . . . Crivens! It deserves t'sell a millyun copies" (Sunday Express)

"A funny and thought-provoking fantasy, with powerfully visual scenes and characters that remain with readers. A glorious read" (School Library Journal)

"Quite, quite brilliant" (Starburst)

Book Description

A riotous, wise, and gripping junior Discworld novel from the Carnegie Medal-winning author and acknowledged master of comic fantasy.

From the Inside Flap

There's trouble on the Aching farm - a monster in the river, a headless horseman in the lane and nightmares coming down from the hills. The Tiffany Aching's little brother is stolen away . . .

Tiffany's got to get him back. She has a weapon (a frying pan), her granny's magic book (well, Diseases of the Sheep, actually) and . . .

. . . she's got the Nac Mac Feegle - the fightin', thievin', blue-skinned little pictsies known as the Wee Free Men.

'Ach, stick it up yer trakkans!'

'They can tak' oour lives but they cannae tak' oour trousers!'

'Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nac king! Nae quin! Nae laird!'

This wise, witty, wonderfully inventive adventure set on the Discworld has been a massive bestseller worldwide. Now this sumptuously illustrated edition - the complete text plus some extra new material - brings the whole adventure magnificently to life in glorious full colour.

Unmissable for all fans of Tiffany and the Feegles. Just don't leave it anywhere a Feegle might steal it . . .

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Every land needs its own witch.

Enter Tiffany Aching . . .

Up on the Wold, there's a monster in the river and a headless horseman in the drive. And now Granny Aching has gone, there's only young Tiffany Aching left to guard the boundaries. To stop . . . things getting through.

It's her land. Her duty.

But it's amazing how useful a horde of unruly pictsies can be - as long as they are pointed in the right direction and can stop fighting each other first . . .

THE FIRST BOOK IN THE TIFFANY ACHING SEQUENCE

'Crivens! There's nae a better tale o' magic and adventure on the Disc' Rob Anybody, Big Man of the Nac Mac Feegle

'Quite, quite brilliant' Starburst

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. After falling out with his keyboard he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back. www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob
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