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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
FROM MASTER STORYTELLER TERRY PRATCHETT
About the Author
Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing in the UK today. He is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld® series, the first title in which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Worldwide sales of his books are in excess of 70 million, and they have been translated into 36 languages. He has written a number of titles for younger readers, including The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, which won the Carnegie Medal in the UK, and Nation, which was a Printz Honor Book in the US.
He was awarded an OBE in 1998, and a Knighthood in 2009 for his services to literature.