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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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    Kent United States 02-03-07
    Kent United States 02-03-07 Member Since 2001
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    "THANK YOU TERRY"

    Its been a long wait for the next Terry Pratchett and I wasnt disappointed. I loved it! The plot and sub plots are engaging, the characters are are well developed and the humor will make you laugh out loud. I listen while I'm working and there were a couple of close calls there when I got tickled. I'm a knifemaker, it could have been bad but the doctor says I ought to regain full use in a few weeks.
    If you have read and loved any of Terrry's Discworld novels you'll love this one. If you've done the other two Tiffany Aching novels then you have no choice, you HAVE to have this one. Old friends return in the Wintersmith. Granny Weatherwax is as tough, wise and manipulative as ever. Ms. Tick is slightly over her head and Nanny Ogg is a disgusting old baggage. Tiffany is hard to sum up. A little sugar and spice but alot more steel than your normal 13 year old girl. What really made the story for me are the Feegles. Think of Braveheart only six inches high and slightly tipsy, OK strike the slightly.
    The book may be aimed at adoles.. adulesc..kids but there wasnt anything at all childish about it. If I had to give this book a rating I'd give it a PG13 for some of the subject matter but there isnt anything racy about it.
    The only question I have was why did they release a book that dealt with cold and ice and snow in january? I mean, jeez. It like 9 degrees F. out there. I could have done with it last august. Oh well thats ok I guess wearing 3 sweaters wasnt too much trouble. Thanks again Terry. Now get back to work, I want more

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Chicago, IL, USA 11-28-07
    Heather Chicago, IL, USA 11-28-07
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    "What's with the annoying musical interludes?"

    This book is great. It might be my favorite of the Nac Mac Feegle Discworld books. I'm really enjoying reading about Tiffany Aching's journey through adolescence with the (sometimes unfortunate) companionship of the Wee Free Men. Stephen Briggs's reading is fantastic as always. He is excellent at differentiating character voices without making them too ridiculous. He is always able to pace his reading style to match the urgency of the story. This SHOULD be a 5-star review.

    Except for the twinkly, horrible music that pops up periodically. It doesn't fit with the tone of the book. It really takes me out of the story whenever it comes on. It doesn't even seem to fall at appropriate intervals, like chapter breaks. It just comes in, seemingly at random. I wish I could easily advance through it, but unfortunately, it often seems to overlap the storytelling. I want it to be gone so that I could fully enjoy this audiobook.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James New York, NY, United States 03-12-07
    James New York, NY, United States 03-12-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Mr P does it again"

    Once again we have a delightful story about Tiffany which will delight both the young listener and the adults... Where as in the written form these books are really for 9+ the Audible version can be easily enjoyed by the younger siblings. And if you don't have kids well no matter they are just as much fun for you too... I would suggest you start with the Wee Free Men and Hat Full of Sky, so you hear Tiffany's tale in order...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    goddess_of_pipework Roswell, GA United States 09-21-10
    goddess_of_pipework Roswell, GA United States 09-21-10 Member Since 2002

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    "Crivens! What a fun book!"

    I love all of the Tiffany Aching series, and this third entry doesn't disappoint. The now 13-year-old apprentice witch learns to deal with death, rivalry, romance, humanity, broom flying, holding herself accountable for her own actions, icebergs, and sentient cheese. Unfortunately, like all of these books, it's too darned short! The narrator is wonderful. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 11-30-08
    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 11-30-08 Member Since 2007
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    "The Best of the Best"

    This is the 3rd Aching novel and the best of them. The lead characters return and evolve. My favorite of the three books in the Wee Free Men series.

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    Holly C. Salley Arkansas 11-04-07
    Holly C. Salley Arkansas 11-04-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Why is there music"

    This book is great and the voices are great. However, in contrast to all the other Terry Pratchett books there is this bad eightys style magic music which is distracting. Great book cut out the music.
    One has to wonder why in the world you would want would to have bad windchime music in the middle of a fabulous book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Keene, NH, United States 07-07-07
    Richard Keene, NH, United States 07-07-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Tiffany Rocks!"

    My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of Terry Pratchett's books about Tiffany Aching. As a middle school teacher and parent, I love the message that everyone makes mistakes--the important thing is what you do about it--and being smart is more about listening to other people than using big words. The humor makes the message completely palatable and opens the door for great conversations with your tween. Plus, it's hard to resist Rob Anybody, Daft Wully, and Wee Billy Big-Chin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl INDIANOLA, IA, United States 04-17-13
    Cheryl INDIANOLA, IA, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2013

    Imagine It Believe It Make It Real

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    "Tiffany and the Wee Free Men win out again!"
    If you could sum up Wintersmith: Discworld Childrens, Book 4 in three words, what would they be?

    funny magical thought-provoking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wintersmith: Discworld Childrens, Book 4?

    I loved the whole book.


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

    Stephen Briggs does a masterful job with Terry Pratchett's books


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    caitlyn OAKLAND, CA, United States 11-05-12
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    "Not just for kids!"
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    Brilliantly crafted, with heart and humor--much more heart and depth than Pratchett's other works. Beautifully read. Full of wisdom and warmth for all ages. Grown-ups, too. Perhaps especially grown-ups. A true gem.

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    Frances Eugene, OR, United States 10-11-12
    Frances Eugene, OR, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2003
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    "The best of the Tiffany Aching stories"

    All the beloved characters from the TA stories appear to help our heroine return Winter to his rightful realm and restore Summer to the Chalk.

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