Gr. 6-10. Incipient witch Tiffany Aching, who confronted danger in The Wee Free Men
(2003), faces even greater peril in this equally quirky sequel. She is taken on as an apprentice witch by Miss Level, who is one person with two bodies--an oddity to say the least. Also, Tiffany is stalked and taken over by a hiver, an invisible, brainless entity that commands and distorts the mind of its host, which eventually dies. Luckily Tiffany is strong enough to hide a section of her mind within herself, but she is otherwise completely under the control of the hiver. It's the cantankerous Wee Free Men (or the Nac Mac Feegle) to the rescue, with the help of Miss Level and the wisest, most respected witch of all. The chase is part slapstick, part terror, and in the end, Tiffany herself sets things straight. Pratchett maintains the momentum of the first book, and fans will relish the further adventures of the "big wee hag," as Tiffany is known to the Feegles. Sally EstesCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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"A great Pratchett strength is the sense that if the jokes were dropped there would still be a good, engaging fantasy thriller here" Independent "Fantastically inventive and humorous fantasy adventure. Fans will be sky high" Sunday Times "Pratchett's ear for dialogue is superb ... His deep feeling for landscape, animals, kindness and courage make his adventures deeply satisfying as well as clever" -- Amanda Craig The Times "Oodles of dry wit, imagination and shrewdly observed characters" Independent on Sunday "Pratchett weaves a tale that isn't afraid to detour into biting satire or to stop and admire a mot particularly juste, but that keeps returning to the critical question of identity ...By turns hilarious and achingly beautiful, this be just right" Kirkus Reviews
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