From then on the little blue men seem to pop up everywhere, and for some reason they appear to hold her in awe - although she can't figure out why they keep calling her a hag. Tiffany decides to barter some vegetables and go to "school," a place with a collection of tents where people of varying degrees of knowledge swap lessons for food. There she meets Miss Tick, a witch who tells her a little bit about what is going on - but not nearly enough. Before Tiffany can learn much at all about being a witch, her little brother disappears. Tiffany discovers that her little stunt with the river monster brought him to the attention of the Queen of Faerie, and when he is kidnapped, Tiffany must pool all her slim resources to bring her sticky baby brother back. Luckily, she has a little help from a mischievous group of rabble-rousing, alcohol-swilling little blue men.
I think it's safe to say that any book by Terry Pratchett is worth reading, and this one is no exception. I enjoyed Tiffany's stubborness and resourcefulness (but I couldn't help but marvel at her mature self-possession and cunning - she appeared a bit young to speak and act the way she did), and the Mac Nac Feegle (little blue men) were a hoot. There is humor, but there is also warmth and emotion, and I rooted for Tiffany the whole way through. This one is definitely to be recommended.
Wee Free Men is in film production now, due to be released in 2010. That should be a lot of fun!
The Tiffany Aching series (part of the larger Discworld series):Terry Pratchett (HarperTrophy, 2003)
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