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A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld) Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2004
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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 masterpiece of comic fantasy. [Pratchett’s] deep feeling for landscape, animals, kindness, and courage make his adventures deeply satisfying as well as clever.” (London Times)
“Wonderful language, genuinely scary explorations and a young girl whose growing up is believable and exciting.” (Chicago Tribune)
“The humor races from cerebral to burlesque without dropping a stitch. Astonishing.” (Horn Book (starred review))
“Tiffany is Hermione Granger, Gaiman’s Coraline, and Pullman’s Lyra Belacqua rolled into one. A great adventure with plenty of magic and laughs.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review))
“By turns hilarious and achingly beautiful, this be just right.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Readers will curl up to read with a sigh of contentment.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Full of irreverent humor, laugh-out-loud dialogue, and many memorable characters. Fans of the previous book are in for another treat.” (School Library Journal) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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A year and a half after Tiffany Aching took on the Fairie Queen with only an iron skillet; she’s finally going to learn proper witchcraft as an apprentice to Mistress Level, who apparently has two bodies. However that is the only thing extraordinary about Tiffany’s experience with Miss Level because instead of magic, she’s just doing chores and learning practical knowledge. Yet unknowingly Tiffany is doing magic as she has immense power in “borrowing” just like Granny Weatherwax, but unlike the area’s most renowned witch Tiffany doesn’t know how to defend herself from those wanting to borrow her. While Tiffany doesn’t realize the danger she’s in, the Chalk Clan of the Nac Mac Feegles keep an eye on their “wee big hag” and know what’s stalking her and go racing to the rescue with hilarious results. But in the end it’ll have to be Tiffany who gets her body back from this immortal foe.
The second book of featuring Tiffany and Feegles goes right into the story quickly while also giving information about both early on without taking away from the narrative or unnecessary exposition. One doesn’t need to have read The Wee Free Men to learn information about the Feegle’s culture as Pratchett also included a nice little “article” about them before the story begins, mainly to allay fears from parents that the Feegles are cussing in a children’s book. Frankly the only negative from the point of view of an adult is that one could see the major plot points coming, it was just how Pratchett would make them entertaining—which he certainly did.
While A Hat Full of Sky is a young adult book, Terry Pratchett’s satirical and narrative writing makes it a great addition to the overall Discworld series. Both new readers and longtime fans will have a good time reading Tiffany learning about being a witch.
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.