Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett was recently in the news as he disclosed to his publisher and the world that he has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Pratchett, a prolific writer who appeals to both teens and adults because of his sophisticated humor, is known as Britain’s most shoplifted author.

In Wee Free Men, Pratchett introduces us to Tiffany Aching, a young girl with a gift for making cheese and the desire to be a witch, and the Nac Mac Feegles, tiny blue men with red hair and super-human strength. When Tiffany’s brother is stolen by the Queen of Fairyland, she sets out (somewhat reluctantly) to find him with the Nac Mac Feegles. Along the way she and her tiny friends battle horrible monsters and experience a fairy world unlike any you might imagine–one where it is always winter and you can become trapped in a dream forever.

I recommend this book to teens and adults. I can’t describe Pratchett’s humor in a way that does it justice, but know that you’ll laugh out loud as Tiffany leads these fierce little men on a mission that goes beyond finding one sticky, whiny little boy. There’s a movie coming out in 2010, so you’ll have time to read all the adventures of the Wee Free Men before its release.

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