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A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

A Hat Full of Sky (2004)

by Terry Pratchett

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In this one, Tiffany goes to study with Miss Level with two bodies, and gets attacked by a hiver.

From a 'look at what the monsters / dystopias we write are trying to say' point of view, this is a book exaggerating that feeling (so often a part of teenagerness, but not limited to that) - 'She was going to take control of her life. Why was she here, doing silly chores, helping people too stupid to help themselves?'. She steals money, she buys new clothes, she lashes out at Miss Level. And there is the gentle discussion, that the hiver is not just a monster, that it takes things Tiffany wanted, instead of giving her things she needs. 'All it was was me.. without the bit of me that was locked away. Learning how not to do things is harder than learning how to do them'

It's also interesting where the book doesn't stop. The ending could be when the Feegles save Tiffany from the hiver - because the land tells her what she is, and the smells of home draw her back. But there are consequences - the hiver is expelled, not killed, the money is still stolen, there is cleaning up to be done. Not very heavy consequences (this is young adult) - the money is replaced by the feegles, and Granny is there to save her from Death at the end. But there is responsibility, the continued message that being a witch is thinking second and third thoughts and taking responsibility.

Still the continuity crack - the local witch of Equal Rites and the coven member of Witches Abroad are not the Granny Weatherwax who has been attending Witch Trials for 60 years with penny stalls and balloons. And it's weird to see Granny from the outside, with her pride and her curmudgeoness, and her machiavellian playing of the grown up witch games.

Also notable for such a sad sliver of a coming out story - ''I was walking out for a while with Marco and Falco, the flying Pastrami brothers. What lads they were, as alike as two peas, and Marco could catch Falco blindfolded. Why for a moment I wondered if they were just like me -' She stopped, went a bit red in both faces, and coughed' There should be fic. Maybe there is. ( )
  atreic | Nov 4, 2015 |
A Hat Full of Sky is the second book in the Tiffany Aching series, a subseries of the Discworld books. While I don’t think you have to read The Wee Free Men prior to reading A Hat Full of Sky, I would encourage it.

Tiffany Aching now is eleven years old and leaving the Chalk to become the apprentice of another witch. However, Tiffany is being followed by a dangerous disembodied creature which takes over minds. It has never been defeated, and Tiffany is far from home.

“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”

A Hat Full of Sky is a truly excellent book. Tiffany is a fantastic character in so many ways, and to the best of my recollection, her experiences as an eleven year old girl ring true. Tiffany is faced with a choice between conforming or being true to herself, which is difficult for everyone but particularly preteens.

One of the great things about the Tiffany books is that there’s so many well written, capable female characters. Tiffany’s surrounded by female allies and mentors, from Miss Tick to Granny Weatherwax to Miss Level to Petulia to Jeannie. I especially like how characters like Petulia and Jeannie get so much sympathy when it would be easy for them to fall into stereotypes. Even Annagramma gets character growth in the upcoming novels.

“Granny Aching had never been at home with words. She collected silence like other people collected string. But she had a way of saying nothing that said it all.”

And as always, this book is so well written! Terry Pratchett has a remarkable way with words and is always able to find uniquely fitting descriptions. Of course, he’s also amazingly funny at the same time.

“Witches didn’t fear much, Miss Tick had said, but what the powerful ones were afraid of, even if they didn’t talk about it, was what they called “going to the bad.” It was too easy to slip into careless little cruelties because you had power and other people hadn’t, too easy to think other people didn’t matter much, too easy to think that ideas like right and wrong didn’t apply to you.”

There’s a lot of depth to A Hat Full of Sky and so much humanity. The witches books have always been about standing on the edge, about doing the right thing, about taking responsibility, and A Hat Full of Sky is a proud successor to this tradition.

“There isn’t a way things should be. There’s just what happens, and what we do.”

I recommend A Hat Full of Sky to absolutely everyone, but if you ever have need of a book to give an eleven or twelve year old girl… I can’t think of a better title.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
1 vote pwaites | Jul 18, 2015 |
actually, gave up on this... couldn't make myself be a fan of Pratchett's satirical fantasies, even though I really wanted to....
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Tiffany Aching has already earned the trust of the Mac Nac Feegle and becoming queen for a short time but now she must undertake her witch training far away from her home, The Chalk. However, little does she know an unnamed evil is following her and trying to possess her. With the help of her wee friends the Mac Nac Feegle, most notably Rob Anyone, and some senior witches, she must find herself and defeat the evil Hiver. This book is a funny satire filled with interesting characters and situations. I especially liked the character of Ms. Level who is actually one person sharing two bodies. This book is recommended for teens aged 13-16 and is book two in the Tiffany Aching series and one of the books in Pratchett's Discworld series. ( )
  AleashaKachel | Mar 24, 2015 |
A Hat Full of Sky is an entertaining as well as intelligent and positive story. It is also a easy read which makes it easier for children to understand at young ages. The story is about an 11 year old girl name Tiffany going through training as a witch under the tutelage of Miss Level, a woman with two bodies but only one brain. Things end up going bad when a demon enters and inhabits her brain, but with the intelligence of Miss Level, and the determination and loyalty of the Feegles, she is restored to herself, but still must battle to destroy the demon. ( )
  bl200329 | Mar 1, 2015 |
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Something is coming after Tiffany ...

Tiffany Aching is ready to begin her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic -- not chores and ill-tempered nanny goats! Surely there must be more to witchcraft than this!

What Tiffany doesn't know is that an insidious, disembodied creature is pursuing her. This time, neither Mistress Weatherwax (the greatest witch in the world) nor the fierce, six-inch-high Wee Free Men can protect her. In the end, it will take all of Tiffany's inner strength to save herself ... if it can be done at all.

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Tiffany Aching, a young witch-in-training, learns about magic and responsibility as she battles a disembodied monster with the assistance of the six-inch-high Wee Free Men and Mistress Weatherwax, the greatest witch in the world.

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