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By Terry Pratchett

When an immense wave destroys his village, Mau is the one one left. Daphne—a traveller from the opposite facet of the globe—is the only survivor of a shipwreck. Separated through language and customs, the 2 are united via disaster. Slowly, they're joined by way of different refugees. And as they try to guard the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, problem loss of life himself, and discover a long-hidden mystery that actually turns the area upside down.

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In this primary novel for kids set outdoor of Discworld, Pratchett back exhibits his humor and humanity. Worlds are destroyed and cultures collide while a tsunami hits islands in an unlimited ocean very like the Pacific. Mau, a boy on his long ago domestic from his initiation interval and prepared for the ritual that might make him a guy, is the single one in every of his humans, the country, to outlive. Ermintrude, a woman from someplace like Britain in a time just like the nineteenth century, is on her option to meet her father, the governor of the Mothering Sunday islands. She is the only real survivor of her send (or so she thinks), that is wrecked on Mau's island. She reinvents herself as Daphne, and makes use of her wits and useful feel to assist the straggling refugees from within reach islands who begin arriving. while raiders land at the island, they're led by way of a mutineer from the wrecked send, and Mau needs to use all of his ingenuity to outsmart him. Then, simply as readers are settling in to pondering that every one should be good within the new international that Daphne and Mau are aiding to construct, Pratchett turns the tale on its head. the most characters are attractive and engaging, and are the suitable medium for the author's sly humor. Daphne is a detailed literary cousin of Tiffany Aching in her logic and willing intelligence wedded to braveness. A wealthy and thought-provoking read.
-- School Library Journal

Critics praised country as a hybrid, deeply philosophical publication aimed toward teenagers, yet one prone to entice adults in addition, very similar to Philip Pullman’s His darkish fabrics trilogy or J. ok. Rowling’s Harry Potter sequence. With echoes of William Defoe and William Golding, state takes the shape of a “classic Robinsonade,” notes the Washington Post—that is, a booklet within which characters on a wilderness island recreate civilization. As his characters grapple with questions of management, humanity, and survival, Pratchett explores primary rules approximately faith and tradition. this could all sound relatively heavy, yet there's lots of originality and humor—and cannibals, spirits, and mystery treasures—to pass round. in spite of everything, Pratchett bargains a imaginative and prescient of a deeply humane international. “In a few a part of the multiverse there's most likely a civilisation in response to the contemplating Terry Pratchett,” writes the dad or mum, “and what a civilised civilisation that might be.”
-- Bookmarks Magazine

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Two massive muscular arms enfold you. A great ugly fanged face bears down towards your own. Smack! You have just been kissed by a gorilla, Pip! Collect your wits and go to 64. 57-58 58 57 'Have at you, foul beast of Hades! ' you cry heroically as you launch yourself upon the Thing. Which runs away. Can you believe that? The horrifying Thing just up and ran away! Not so much as a snap in your direction! Excitedly you run after it, still hurling abuse and heroic jibes. Which is possibly a big mistake, as you may discover when you turn to 59.

If the ants kill you, go to 14. If you survive, you may leave by either door. 91 Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, north and west walls. Go east to 84. North to 106. West to 129. 92 You have entered a Gallery of Mirrors, 20' wide and a full 80' long. Not ordinary mirrors, of course: not in a place like this. They are all dis- 93 torting mirrors, the sort you get at carnivals where you look in and see yourself as a fat dwarf or a thin giant. Except they aren't exactly like carnival mirrors.

You could try to revive him, of course. A score of 10, 11 or 12 on two dice should do the trick and take you to 18. If you fail, perhaps it best just to creep away quietly, in which case you can take the road west out of the village (10) or try the provisions store (11) or the church (11) or the smithy (17) or make for the wood to the east (41) or even try an innings at pogolfit (58). 28 This corridor goes on forever! Gloomy, dank, smelly and dead straight. ) You follow it with an increasing feeling of dread, noting that the floor seems to be climbing upwards gently as you continue on.

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