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The Wee Free Men

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: 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 thievin', fightin' and drinkin'. Then Tiffany's young brother goes missing and Tiffany and the Wee Free Men must join forces to save him from the Queen of the Fairies-
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Terry Pratchett (Author) Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015. Kidby (Illustrator) Paul Kidby is thirty-four and lives behind an easel in Dorset. He is best-known for his illustrations of Discworld and its inhabitants in The Pratchett Portfolio, The Discworld Diaries, The Tourist Guide to Lancre and his prints and greeting cards.


Tiffany Aching is a witchy nine-year-old whose brother has been kidnapped by the Elf Queen. To bring him home, she accepts the aid of a band of fiercely funny fairies-the Wee Free Men-whose propensity for drinkin', fightin', and stealin' earned them a one-way ticket out of Fairyland. Listen Up: Briggs is Pratchett's chosen reader for good reason: he gets the joke. The mock brogue of the Wee Free Men makes for frustrating reading on the page, but Briggs's joyful rendition brings each wee criminal to life. Luckily, there are two more books in the series, A Hat Full of Sky (2004) and Wintersmith (2006), in which to enjoy his delivery.-Angelina Benedetti, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"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 *

This tale set in Discworld stars a plucky young witch-in-training who, according to PW's starred review, "will win over not only readers but the title characters, (somewhat) lovable imps who exude a certain charm despite their innate and unrepentant kleptomania." Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Gr 5-7-When Tiffany enters Fairyland to rescue her kidnapped brother, readers are in for a rousing romp, for this girl has grit, determination, and more than a touch of witchcraft on her side. With clever dialogue and outlandish characters, this suspenseful fantasy is as funny as it is wise. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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