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A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing Adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men Mass Market Paperback – June 14, 2005
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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 Estes
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A Hat Full of Sky is the continuing saga of Tiffany Aching. Now I know this book is targeted for Young Adults, but I really believe anyone of any age will enjoy this book. Tiffany is now 11-years old and in many ways wise beyond her years. But she is still 11, and not always able to think things through as an adult would. So without being aware of it, she attracts the attention of a 'hiver' a formless being that is pursuing her. And this time she can't rely on Mistress Weatherwax (better known as Granny to the chosen few) or the Nac Mac Feegles. Although the last point is debatable. All well that ends well though.
Terry Pratchett is the master at imparting wisdom and even advice, but done in such a way it is palatable. His unique sense of humour shines through every page, not just of this book, but all his books.
Pratchett brings his usual weird energy to the story of Tiffany Aching, a nine-year-old sheep-herder's daughter, who is also a witch. She proved herself in "The Wee Free Men" when she rescued her sticky little brother from Faerie AND became Kelda (Queen) of the Nac Mac Feegle--at least temporarily. Anyone who hangs around with the little blue men for any length of time will soon be glugging Granny Aching's Special Sheep Liniment and saying things like "Ach, Crivens!" and "oot." However, Tiffany wants to become a `real' witch, not just the Nac Mac Feegle's wee big hag. So off she goes to apprentice herself to Miss Level (a split personality if there ever was one).
Unfortunately for Tiffany, a fell creature comes crackling out of Faerie, searching for the mind of a powerful but untrained dealer in magic. It needed a new mind/body after months of drifting in the void. A young witch's mind would be like a dollop of Cheese Wiz on the Cracker of Life.
The Wee Free Men ken the weird beastie that's tracking Tiffany, but she herself doesn't have a clue. She thinks her biggest challenge lies in confronting a snobbish clique of goth witches, who absolutely jingle with occult jewelry, but don't seem to have a clue as to what a real witch does.
"A Hat Full of Sky" has a wonderful climax where Tiffany and her feisty blue friends go face-to-face with Annagramma, the leader of the jewelry-laden apprentice-witch clique. To top matters off, the young sheep-herder's daughter participates in the celebrated Sheercliff Witch Trials, confronts her inner monster, and goes a round with Death, Himself:
"I WAS NOT EXPECTING A NAC MAC FEEGLE TODAY, said Death. OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE WORN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, HA HA."
"The Wee Free Men" is the first book in a trilogy starring Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegle. Read their continuing adventures in the third book, "Wintersmith." I can truly say these books changed me forever--at least, they changed my vocabulary--"Ach, crivens, ye daft loonies, don't just sit there and watch yer life gae doon the cludgie. Read these books!"