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Terry Pratchett- Children's Books

New release: Terry's latest young adult novel Wintersmith is the third in the Tiffany Aching series - release date October 1, 2006.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld books make adult readers laugh their socks off - his stories for children are just as funny.

Master of comic fantasy, Terry Pratchett was born (in 1948) and bred in England and sold his first short story at age 14. He began writing the Discworld books in 1983 and was able to quit "work" and begin writing full-time by 1987. Knighted in 2009, Sir Terry Pratchett died on March 12, 2015.

The following young adult novels will tickle the funny bones of everyone from about age 10 on up.

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Wintersmith (2006)
by Terry Pratchett

This third and newest adventure of young witch Tiffany Aching is due in stores October 24, 2006.

From the UK version book's description: "Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch — now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance — the crossover from summer to winter — she does what no one has ever done before and leaps into the dance. Into the oldest story there ever is. And draws the attention of the wintersmith himself.

As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions? Even with the help of Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle — the fightin’, thievin’ pictsies who are prepared to lay down their lives for their 'big wee hag'."

Tiffany is 13 now and boys, or at least one particular boy, become the issue.
Where's My Cow
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Discworld for Young Adults

Where's My Cow? (2005)
by Terry Pratchett

Pratchett's new children's book based on his recent Discworld novel, Thud!: "This is a book about reading a book, which turns into a different book. But it all ends happily!".
Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
by Terry Pratchett

Pratchett's first Discworld novel for young readers - the Harry Potter crowd will love it! Just as good for grownups, with a sinister tale of a larcenous cat, his rat cohorts and the "stupid-looking kid" he uses to run his scam. Get your kids hooked on Discworld and prepare them for the funny side of life. Winner of the 2001 Carnegie Medal.
The Wee Free Men
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The Wee Free Men
by Terry Pratchett

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnaped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle -- aka the Wee Free Men -- a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds -- black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors -- before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare.

New Illustrated edition being released October 1, 2007.
A Hat Full of Sky
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A Hat Full of Sky (2004)
by Terry Pratchett

"The Heroine: Tiffany Aching, incipient witch and cheese maker extraordinaire. Once saved world from Queen of the Elves. Is about to discover that battling evil monarchs is child's play compared to mortal combat with a Hiver (see below). At eleven years old, is boldest heroine ever to have confronted the Forces of Darkness while armed with a frying pan.

The Threat: A Hiver, insidious disembodied presence drawn to powerful magic. highly dangerous, frequently lethal. Cannot be stopped with iron or fire. Its target: Tiffany Aching.

The Nac Mac Feegle: A.k.a. the Wee Free Men. Height: six inches. Color: blue. Famed for drinking, stealing, and fighting. Will attack anything larger than themselves. Members include: Rob Anybody, Daft Wullie, and Awfully Wee Billy Bigchin. Allies to Tiffany Aching.

The Book: Hilarious, breathtaking, spine-tingling sequel to the acclaimed Wee Free Men." book description.
Only You Can Save Mankind - Book 1
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Johnny and the Dead - Book 2
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Johnny and the Bomb - Book 3
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The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy
by Terry Pratchett

Johnny Maxwell is a twelve-year-old boy with an uncanny ability to find himself in unusual situations.

Only You Can Save Mankind (Johnny Maxwell Book 1) - "The huge bulk of the alien capital ship was in the corner of the screen. Level 10, here we come ... careful, careful ... there were no more ships now,' so all Johnny had to do was keep out of its range and then sweep in and - "We wish to talk." Johnny blinked at the message on the screen. "We wish to talk." The ship roared by - eceyoaawwwnn. He reached out for the throttle key and slowed himself down, and then turned and got the big red shape in his sights again. "We wish to talk." His finger hovered on the Fire button. Then, without really looking, he moved it over the keyboard and pressed Pause. Then he read the manual. 'Only You Can Save Mankind', it said on the cover. 'Full Sound and Graphics. The Ultimate Game.' " - book description. Hilarious sci fi as 12-year-old Johnny Maxwell finds his game is real.

Johnny and the Dead (Book 2) - "Sell the cemetery? Over their dead bodies...Not many people can see the dead (not many would want to). Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can. And he's got bad news for them: the council want to sell the cemetery as a building site. But the dead have learned a thing or two from Johnny. They're not going to take it lying down... especially since it's Halloween tomorrow. Besides, they're beginning to find that life is a lot more fun than it was when they were... well ... alive. Particularly if they break a few rules ..." - book description. Johnny's talents grow and grow.

Johnny and the Bomb (Book 3) - "There was a flash of light, the air flickered... and the world changed. It's May 21, 1941, thought Johnny. It's war. Johnny Maxwell and his friends have to do something when they find Mrs Tachyon, the local bag lady, semi-conscious in an alley... as long as it's not the kiss of life. But there's more to Mrs Tachyon than a squeaky trolley and a bunch of dubious black bags. Somehow she holds the key to different times, different eras - including the Blackbury Blitz in 1941. Suddenly now isn't the safe place Johnny once thought it was as he finds himself bound up more and more with then..." - book description. Johnny time travels to the 1940s - very, very funny.

Amazon now has the new boxed set, released in the UK in 2005, available from marketplace sellers: The Johnny Maxwell Slipcase: Includes Only You Can Save Mankind, Johnny & the Dead, Johnny & the Bomb.

They are being released here in the US in hardcover - Amazon has them individually now - click one of the images to the side. The third one will not be available until April 2007.
The Bromeliad Trilogy
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The Bromeliad Trilogy
by Terry Pratchett

The nomes are four-inch-high aliens who crash landed on earth 15,000 years ago and have forgotten their origins.

Truckers - "'Outside! What's it like?' Masklin looked blank. 'Well,' he said, 'It's sort of big-' To the thousands of tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no Outside. Things like Day and Night, Sun and Rain are just daft old legends. Then a devastating piece of news shatters their existence: the Store - their whole world - is to be demolished. And it's up to Masklin, one of the last nomes to come into the Store, to mastermind an unbelievable escape plan that will take all the nomes into the dangers of the great Outside ... " - book description.

Diggers - "And Grimma said, 'We have two choices. We can run, or we hide.' And they said, Which shall we do? She said, We shall Fight.' A Bright New Dawn is just around the comer for thousands of tiny nomes when they move into the ruined buildings of an abandoned quarry. Or is it? Soon strange things start to happen. Like the tops of puddles growing hard and cold, and the water coming down from the sky in frozen bits. Then humans appear and they really mess everything up. The quarry is to be re-opened, and the nomes must fight to defend their new home. But how long will they be able to keep the humans -at bay - even with the help of the monster Jekub?" - book description.

Wings - "There was a polite beeping from the Thing. 'You may be interested to know,' it said, 'that we've just broken the sound barrier! Masklin turned wearily to the others. 'All right, own up,' he said. 'Who broke it?' 'Don't look at me,' said Angalo. 'I didn't touch anything... " - book description. In this final book of the Bromeliad Trilogy, the nomes find their space ship and return home.
The Carpet People
by Terry Pratchett

"In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet... That's the old story everyone knows and loves (even if they don't really believe it). But now the Carpet home to many different tribes and peoples and there's a new story in the making. The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet. The story of power-hungry mouls - and of two Munrung brothers. who set out on an adventure to end all adventures when their village is flattened. It's, a story that will come to a terrible end - if someone, doesn't do something about it. If everyone doesn't do omething about it..." - book description. Terry Pratchett's first novel, written when he was 17, and extensively revised for this release.