The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett

The Wee Free Men

Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching is very observant and thinks about things all the time, in fact she might be a witch like her Granny Aching. Witches are wise women in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, noticing what is really happening around them. Things are already getting strange for Tiffany Aching when the Nac Mac Feegles, the six-inch-high, kilt-wearing, blue-skinned men whose favorite things are thievin’, fightin’, and drinkin’, show up. Her little brother goes missing and she joins forces with the Nac Mac Feegles to find him and bring him back. The Nac Mac Feegles have their own plans for Tiffany. They also have plans for steeling the sheep. The Wee Free Men is part of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, and Discworld is a popular destination for fantasy readers who want a smart, witty read with many other books in the series. The Tiffany Aching subseries is great for teens and adults.

 

Nation, by Terry Pratchett

Nation

Terry Pratchett is well-known for his satirical and wise adult novels about “Discworld” and his award-winning Young Adult books. His latest book, Nation, is an exciting and funny novel for teens about survival, human nature, racism, and the meaning of community.

On a sort of 1880’s alternate Earth, the young daughter of the heir to the British throne is stranded on a small island by a tsunami. Stranded with her is 12-year-old Mau, the only survivor of the island’s inhabitants; but soon they are joined by other survivors from nearby islands, looking for a place to live — and a place to belong. Only Mau can hear the voices of his ancestors demanding that he fix everything. Together the two young people face mutineers, cannibal raiders, adults who want to take over, and just as frightening, their own prejudices and ingrained habits. A great book that will be equally enjoyed by teens and adults.