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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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    Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (bibliovermis)
    bibliovermis: The third Tiffany Aching book. Even better than the first two.
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    Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett (bostonian71)
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    Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Similar style of writing - whimsical and magical
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    The New Policeman by Kate Thompson (Bitter_Grace)

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a nice visit back to terry pratchett. Perhaps not his best work but good for those who like the style ( )
  Felicity-Smith | May 29, 2016 |
This the second book about Tiffany Aching (and the third one I read, because I read Wintersmith first). I think A Hatful of Sky is my favourite so far. It's funny - a smart, thoughtful funny - and I enjoyed watching Tiffany navigate the transitions that come with moving to a new community.

They had argued, of course. But Mistress Weatherwax had made a nasty personal remark. It was: you're eleven. Just like that. You're eleven, and what is Miss Tick going to tell your parents? Sorry about Tiffany, but we let her go off by herself to fight an ancient monster that can't be killed and what's left of her is in this jar?
Miss Level had joined in at that point, almost in tears.
If Tiffany hadn't been a witch, she would have whined about everyone being so
unfair! ( )
  Herenya | Mar 29, 2016 |
Funny and charming, I'm enjoying my foray into the adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men! ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Tiffany Aching book 2. Totally delightful and uplifting, full of laughter and wisdom that just rings so true. ( )
  Matt_B | Dec 6, 2015 |
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 |
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Bartocci, MaurizioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gall, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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