The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

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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. . . .


About Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. He is the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, and he was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his services to literature. Pratchett lives in England.
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins. 322 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There will be upheavals in the human and fantasy worlds of elves and witches, with drastic consequences, and Tiffany, with only a frying pan for a weapon, is caught in the middle.

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The New York Times

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Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching, a farm girl, has decided that she wants to be a witch when she grows up, despite being saddled with a name that she suspects won't work as a witch-worthy moniker because ''people would laugh.'' But Terry Pratchett provides no fancy schools or well-funded training pro...

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BC Books

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This book acquaints readers with the endearing young character, Tiffany Aching, as she learns she has inherited the role and responsibility of being the local Chalk country witch.

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I was raised on fairy tales, specifically Irish fairy tales, where the fairies are out to get you.

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Teen Reads

The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching's main job in life in her corner of Discworld is to watch after her sticky little brother, Wentworth, and churn butter.

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SF Site

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Common Sense Media

Equally wonderful, though in a very different way, are the flashbacks to Tiffany's Granny Aching, an old sheepherder whose hardheaded wisdom is the product of a life lived in the chalk hills, and is reflected in her granddaughter.

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All Things Urban Fantasy

PRUDENCE is an absolute delight with dangerous new creatures and high skies dirgible adventures, odd new supernatural characters and mysteries, and the typical witty fancifullness I've come to expect and enjoy from Gail Carriger's work.

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As a mousy, bespectacled teenager, one of my favourite things about Pratchett's books was his instinctual understanding of the unfairness of fairytales that mandate, as the worldly protagonist of I Shall Wear Midnight observes, that "only blonde and blue- eyed girls can get the prince and wear th...

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A Patchwork of Books

I would like to give you the Versatile Blogger Award for having such an awesome blog (Sir Terry Pratchett sounds like my kind of author, I love it when people combines fantasy, humor, and myths/legends).

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