Does it mean something when two different friends are reading the same series at the same time, without any kind of planning?
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett This book begins a new trilogy for youth and teens, set in Pratchett’s renowned Discworld. Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching has always wanted to be a witch, even if she’s not quite sure how to get there. Living on the Chalk, she knows more about sheep and cheese than magic. Life is going on as usual, when the Queen of Fairies kidnaps her little brother Wentworth. Tiffany sets out to rescue him with an iron frying pan as her weapon and with help from the Nac Mac Feegle, a troop of tiny blue men. Somehow, the story is funny, exciting, and (shh!) thought-provoking all at the same time, as Tiffany enters a world of nightmares come to life and explores her deep connection to her grandmother and the land she lives on. Stephen Briggs’ reading on the CD book, with authentic accents, makes the story come that much more alive.
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett Reading out of order – I started with this book, the third in the series, just reading the regular book. I was absolutely charmed! In this book, thirteen-year-old Tiffany is now officially a witch in training. She’s learning well, lasting with crotchety old witches longer than anyone else when – you guessed it – things start to go a little crazy. She only meant to observe the Dark Morris Dance that heralds the beginning of winter – but somehow her feet itched and she jumped in. Now the Wintersmith, the dark Spirit of Winter, has fallen in love with her, and the Summer Lady thinks that Tiffany is trying to usurp her place. Can Boffo and Second Thoughts get Tiffany out of this fix?
And on (reading quite out of order) to A Hat Full of Sky, the second book.