A wonderful new novel from the Carnegie Medal winner. A riotous, wise, and gripping junior Discworld novel.
Up on the chalk downs known as The Wold, witches are banned -- ever since the Baron's son vanished in the woods. Anyway, as all witches know, chalk is no good for magic.
Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny Aching -- a wise shepherd -- might have been a witch, but now Granny Aching is dead and it's up to Tiffany to work it all out when strange things begin happening. There's a fairy-tale monster in the stream, a headless horseman and, strangest of all, the tiny blue men in kilts, the Wee Free Men, who have come looking for the new "hag" . These are the Nac Mac Feegles, the pictsies, who like nothing better than thievin', fightin' and drinkin'. When Tiffany's young brother goes missing, Tiffany and the Wee Free Men must join forces to save him from the Queen of the Fairies.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
TERRY PRATCHETT is one of the most popular authors writing today. He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he 'doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three already'. He was appointed OBE in 1998. He is the author of the phenomenally successful Discworld series and his trilogy for young readers, The Bromeliad, is scheduled to be adapted into a spectacular animated movie. His first Discworld novel for children, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal. From the Hardcover edition.
“Ethically challenging, beautifully orchestrated, philosophically opposed to the usual plot fixes of fantasy.”
“A passion for language, wordplay and puns bursts from the pages.”
-- Daily Telegraph
"Funny, terrifying and enlightening and quite, quite brilliant."
"Plenty to laugh at here, not least Pratchett's ability to put a 90 degree spin on the familiar."
"Teen witch Tiffany is one of [Terry Pratchett's] most formidable creations yet."
"Ingenious mélange of fantasy, action, humour, and sly bits of social commentary."