The Wee Free Men
By Terry Pratchett
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060012366, 272pp.)
Publication Date: May 2003
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"Another world is colliding with this one," said the toad. "All the monsters are coming back."
"Why?" said Tiffany.
"There's no one to stop them.
There was silence for a moment.
Then Tiffany said, "There's me."
Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnaped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle -- aka the Wee Free Men -- a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds -- black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors -- before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone....
In a riveting narrative that is equal parts suspense and humor, Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett returns to his internationally popular Discworld with a breathtaking tale certain to leave fans, new and old, enthralled.
“A lovely romp for Pratchett fans of all ages.”
“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.” (starred review)
“An enthralling and rewarding read.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Wonderful language, genuinely scary explorations, and a young girl whose growing up is believable and exciting.”
-The Chicago Tribune
“Like Celtic mythology fused with ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’”
-New York Times Book Review
“Just the package to appeal to those who admire not just a brave heart but a quick comeback as well.”
-The Horn Book (starred review)
“A glorious read.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
“The humor and the danger will appeal to Discworld fans and also readers who relish J. K. Rowling’s Harry.”