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Wintersmith: Tiffany Aching Adventures, Book 3

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fantasy's sensible witch entices Winter.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

I love these books!!

I adore the Tiffany Aching books. They are fantasy, yes, but they demnostrate real and valuable life lessons. Things like doing what needs to be done, not letting down the people who count on you, understanding that life is unfair sometimes, but you still need to do your work. My daughters didn't love these books - I think they were a little too young when we first read them. But now that they are a little older, I want these books in my library. Things don't resolve neatly, things can be unfair, and hard, and that is just the way it is. And still, there is a reasonably happy ending. I just love these books for adolescent girls.

Is It Any Good?

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Sensible witch-in-training Tiffany and the crotchety witches she learns from certainly are appealing characters in this third installment of the Tiffany Aching Adventures. But the book really comes to life when the Feegles are onstage -- which is too seldom. The red-haired, blue-tattooed, drinking, stealing, and fighting Wee Free Men with the thick brogues are the main source of fun and humor.

Author Terry Pratchett continues to have plenty to say on a variety of subjects, including marriage, old age, the nature of myths and stories, and growing up, and he does so with a dry, twisty wit that often makes readers stop and think -- after they finish laughing. The plot is often secondary to Pratchett's pungent observations, and he subtly goes several layers deeper than you'd expect.

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