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WINTERSMITH by Terry Pratchett Kirkus Star

WINTERSMITH

By Terry Pratchett

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-089031-2
Publisher: HarperTempest

Crivens! When almost-13-year-old Tiffany Aching, apprentice witch, dances into the Dark Morris, she dances into one of the oldest stories of all—the endlessly repeating cycle of the seasons—and wins the heart of the Wintersmith. As the lovestruck god piles Tiffany-shaped snowflake onto Tiffany-shaped snowflake, winter threatens to choke the world, and naturally, it’s up to Tiffany and the tiny and raucous Nac Mac Feegles to put the story to rights. Pratchett once again delivers a sidesplittingly funny adventure that overlays a deeply thoughtful inquiry into the nature of narrative and identity: how the stories we tell shape our understanding of ourselves and of the world we inhabit. This is what readers will understand with their Third Thoughts; their First Thoughts will delight in the return of Tiffany, the Feegles and the not-quite-hero Roland, and their Second Thoughts will revel in the homely details of the relationships among the witches and the people they serve. As Wee Billy Bigchin says, “A metaphor is a kind o’ lie to help people understand what’s true.” This one is verra weel done indeed. (Fiction. 10+)