Title: The Wee Free Men
Author: Terry Pratchett
Series: Tiffany Aching/Discworld
Recommended for: 5th through 12th grades
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION PRATCHETT
Synopsis: A young witch-to-be named Tiffany Aching teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland by the Fairy Queen.
Review: Terry Pratchett is known for his various series set in the exotic land of Discworld. With The Wee Free Men, Pratchett gives us a new series and a new hero: Tiffany Aching. Continuing through A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight this story follows young Tiffany from adolescent cheesemaker to Witch: Protector of the Chalk.
The writing is sharp and the protagonist interesting, as she struggles to rescues her brother. Young Tiffany stands in the shadow of her departed grandmother, a powerful and somewhat mysterious woman, whom may have been a witch herself. She struggles against her own sense of doubt as she faces an intrusion into her world by the Fairy Queen and the quest to bring her brother home. Her mixture of grit and determination and use of wits as her weapon makes me both enjoy the book, and also recommend it. I would recommend this book for boys and girls 5th through 12th grades.