With the debut of his first young-adult novel, science fiction writer Terry Pratchett invites readers ages 12 and up to visit Discworld -- an imaginary land well known to Pratchett's adult following. At the heart of this tale is a slightly twisted take on the old Pied Piper theme, a talking, thinking cat named Maurice, and a supporting cast of equally talented rats who bear such comical names as Big Savings, Nourishing, and Dangerous Beans.
Take a fairy-tale and place it in a real(ish) world and you get this wondeful, yet simple, tale from author Terry Pratchett. Elements familiar for all different reasons are mixed together to create this pleasurable masterpiece. Good for adults, but even better for young adults, this is a super addition to the Discworld series. It is also great as a standalone book.
Action Reader's Action: Write a list of the 10 things that motivate you most in your life. Now make a list of what you want to motivate you the most. Compare and consider them. How can you make them the same?
If you've read the book, which is your favourite rat and why?
What do you think your rat name would be?