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Tiffany Aching

The Wee Free Men

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About the Book

The first in a series of Discworld novels starring the young witch Tiffany Aching.

A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality. . . .

Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men.

Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. . . .

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Critical Praise

“With its wry wit and acerbic collision of the mystical with the mundane, the latest book in Pratchett’s internationally popular Discworld, is good solid storytelling done in a style that reads like Celtic mythology fused with the girl power of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with dialogue by Robert Burns.” —New York Times Book Review

“Exuberant and irresistible. Pratchett’s tale recalls a whole variety of texts in which underestimated heroines confront the forces of darkness—Meg Murry of A Wrinkle in Time, Coraline of Neil Gaiman’s recent novel, Lyra Belacqua of The Golden Compass, Miss Bianca of The Rescuers, even Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” —Washington Post

“A smart retelling [that] delves into weighty issues but keeps its sense of dark humor.” —USA Today

Wonderful language, genuinely scary explorations, and a young girl whose growing up is believable and exciting.” —Chicago Tribune

“An enthralling and rewarding read.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Set in a chillingly unrecognizable ‘fairyland,’ this ingenious melange of fantasy, action, humor, and sly bits of social commentary contains complex underlying themes on the nature of love, reality, and dreams. The Carnegie Medal-winner’s fans will not be disappointed.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Perfect for anyone who enjoys The Princess Bride and the works of Douglas Adams. A wonderfully funny fantasy for all ages.” —KLIATT (starred review)

A glorious read.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062435262
  • ISBN 10: 0062435264
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 09/01/2015
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 12.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General
  • BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Girls & Women
  • BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

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