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The Wee Free Men (Discworld) Library Binding – 25 May 2004

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  • Library Binding: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Turtleback School & Library ed. edition (25 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417627646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417627646
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 3.3 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,760,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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"Hilarious, brilliantly constructed and shot through with an edginess to balance the laughs." -- "SFX Magazine" "Ethically challenging, beautifully orchestrated, philosophically opposed to the usual plot fixes of fantasy." -- "Guardian" "A passion for language, wordplay and puns bursts from the pages." -- "Daily Telegraph" "From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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