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Wintersmith: Discworld Childrens, Book 4 | [Terry Pratchett]

Wintersmith: Discworld Childrens, Book 4

At nine, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland. At 11, she banished an ancient body-stealing evil. At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. And boys can be a bit of a problem when you're 13. But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is winter itself.
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Publisher's Summary

At nine, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland. At 11, she banished an ancient body-stealing evil. At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. And boys can be a bit of a problem when you're 13.

But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is winter itself: snow, gales, icicles, all of it. When he has a crush on Tiffany, he may make her roses of ice, but his nature is blizzards and avalanches. And he wants Tiffany to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever.

Tiffany will need all her cunning to make it to spring. She'll also need her friends, from junior witches to the legendary Granny Weatherwax. Tiffany will need the Wee Free Men, too! She'll have the help of the bravest, toughest, smelliest pixies ever to be banished from Fairyland - whether she wants it or not. It's going to be a cold, cold season, because if Tiffany doesn't survive until spring...spring won't come.

Share the fantasy: listen to more of Tiffany's adventures in The Wee Free Men (Unabridged) and A Hat Full of Sky (Unabridged).

©2006 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Yet another rollicking, clever, and quite charming adventure." (Booklist)
"Replete with dry and intelligent humor, this latest in the series is sure to delight" (School Library Journal)

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    D. R. Cate San Francisco, CA 07-09-12
    D. R. Cate San Francisco, CA 07-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great performance, nice story"

    Each volume in this series gets better, story-wise. And the narration is fantastic, each voice delightfully characterized.

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    Tracy Fort Wayne, IN USA 06-25-12
    Tracy Fort Wayne, IN USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Love this series!"

    On some level, I expect Terry Pratchett to actually speak in Stephen Briggs voice--the two are so intertwined in my mind and I will listen to every book they write/narrate. I love all the Tiffany Aching books especially because she is a smart, strong girl who makes serious mistakes, then fixes them with the help of her friends (of course her friends ARE witches and the nac mac feegle).

    In Wintersmith, Tiffany attracts the attention of the Wintersmith, who is winter personified, because he mistakes her for the Summer Lady. This causes catastrophic problems for the people of the Chalk, the area that Tiffany calls home, and she has to put it right. There is also a subplot of Tiffany's sometime rival-sometime friend being given her own cottage (and position as area witch). This demands that Tiffany make a choice when sher friend is unprepared for the realities of the job: Does she give in to envy and let the friend manage (badly) on her own or does she decide that the people's need of a competent witch is more important? Tiffany is very real in her strengths and her faults and it is a pleasure to see her change and grow through the novel. I buy these books as treats for my daughters, but we all know that they are for me as much as for them.

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    Kenneth D. Smith OK USA 05-04-12
    Kenneth D. Smith OK USA 05-04-12

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    "Not as good as the previous stories in the series"
    Would you listen to Wintersmith: Discworld Childrens, Book 4 again? Why?

    Probably not .. getting too much in the realm of "gods" ...


    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Pratchett before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as the first two.


    Any additional comments?

    Crivens, I still love the Nac Mac Feegles! And the reading is still outstanding. Love the narrator's voice.

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    Daniel Steilacoom, WA, United States 04-09-12
    Daniel Steilacoom, WA, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "maximum entertainment"
    Would you listen to Wintersmith: Discworld Childrens, Book 4 again? Why?

    Yes. It's cleverly written and funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wit.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    He speaks very clearly and nails the dialects.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. A. Wilson New Jersey 01-02-12
    W. A. Wilson New Jersey 01-02-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Not just a children's book"
    Would you listen to Wintersmith: Discworld Childrens, Book 4 again? Why?

    Yes, interesting ideas that could be reflected on again. Also, it's funny as hell.


    What other book might you compare Wintersmith: Discworld Childrens, Book 4 to and why?

    Other books by Terry Pratchett along with Douglas Adams and other writers who create a believable world and inbue it with humor.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he's always true to the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Tiffany's confrontation with the dying old witch.


    Any additional comments?

    This is officially a children's book, but like Tolkien and Harry Potter, it can be read by adults without even being aware that perhaps it wasn't intended for you. I am a well-educated, middle-aged adult and I read this with pleasure and some rueful smiles recollecting my childhood.

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    Clarissa Blytheville, AR, USA 09-17-09
    Clarissa Blytheville, AR, USA 09-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent"

    I'm only giving this 4 outta 5 cause it just wasn't long enough. Didn't want it to end.

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