A Hat Full of Sky (Tiffany Aching)

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I, me... Who am I?

There are some things a real witch would never do. Like stepping out of her body, as trainee witch Tiffany Aching does, leaving it handily empty for something ancient and horrible to move in. Now Tiffany needs her friends - Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle - to help her remember who she is, to help her go to the heart of her own self. To the absolute centre of her strength and power, where being a witch is so much more than just wearing a pointy hat . . .

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Pratchett's third children's novel set in the Discworld, and the second to feature wannabe witch Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men, is so ridiculously well written and consistently funny it makes you wonder how he can keep writing such superlative novels without cheating a bit. It would be reassuring to think that the Carnegie Medal-winning author of The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents and The Wee Free Men had his own small army of professional helpers, not unlike like a US sitcom, inventing and deliberating about which are the best jokes and plot lines to use to ensure the best quality quotient. But it's all his own work and that makes each brilliant novel more remarkable because of it.

A Hat Full of Sky continues the adventures of eleven-year-old Tiffany as she endeavours to become a proper witch. She's 'done' magic before, quite spectacularly and to great effect, but now she must be apprenticed to an established practitioner of the craft, the amazing Miss Level, in order to learn exactly how she did it. Unfortunately for her, there's a crazed and malevolent ancient spirit buzzing about, called a Hiver, who is looking for a convenient host to consume. Hiver's are attracted to greatness, and Tiffany hides an enormous talent that seems ripe for domination.

Still grateful for Miss Aching's past help, a crack team of several Wee Free Men, nature's funkiest, drunkest and bluest fairy folk, take it upon themselves to help Tiffany out. Hiver's, however, are unbeatable and it's a definite "sooey-side mission" to save the big wee hag from harm.

It's great to see writing of such quality in a children's novel, and it's further evidence that this sector of the publishing world is having a bit of a golden decade. Long may it continue! (Age 10 and over)--John McLay

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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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