Terry Pratchett has written a delightful fantasy novel for young adults and even fantasy-loving adults who enjoy witty humor and delightful dialogue. The Wee Free Men follows protagonist Tiffany Aching as she discovers many truths about herself: she is a witch, she can dialogue with the Nac Mac Feegles (and they treat her with respect), and she is the one who needs to rescue her kidnapped brother, Wentworth. Throughout Tiffany’s discoveries, the author creates a set of intriguing themes including fairy tales. In an interesting twist, however, Pratchett takes a stance against fairy tales in various conversations and experiences which Tiffany has. For example, when Tiffany is getting ready to say goodbye to Miss Tick, a witch, after their first meeting, Miss Tick offers some interesting advice, “…if you trust in yourself… and believe in your dreams… and follow your star… you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy” (51).All readers should enjoy The Wee Free Men whether or not they are looking for an after-Harry-Potter read or not. Pratchett’s dialogue and themes should push the reader forward in an enjoyable read, perhaps even leaving him or her with a desire to check out the sequels.

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