Enough story for readers of any age: tsunami, pirates, sharks, astronomy, beer, how we make meaning from tragedy, how we communicate, even mistaken priorities of colonialism--he packs a lot in. It's funny, heartbreaking, adventuresome and contemplative--classic Pratchett, even if not Discworld. A good introduction to a wonderful writer.— From Emma's Picks
When a giant wave destroys his village, Mau is the only one left. Daphne—a traveler from the other side of the globe—is the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Separated by language and customs, the two are united by catastrophe. Slowly, they are joined by other refugees. And as they struggle to protect the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down.
About the Author
Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.
“A wonderful story, by turns harrowing and triumphant.” — New York Times Book Review
“Pratchett’s examination of questions about religious belief, the nature of culture and what it means to be human [...] is a terrific, thought-provoking book.” — Washington Post Book World
“A searching exploration of good and evil, fate and free will, both as broad and as deep as anything this brilliant author has produced so far. ” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Neatly balancing the somber and the wildly humorous in a riveting tale of discovery, Pratchett shows himself at the height of his powers.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“It is hard to imagine a reader who won’t feel welcomed into this nation.” — Horn Book (starred review)
“Quirky wit and broad vision make this a fascinating survival story on many levels.” — Booklist (starred review)
“A rich and thought-provoking read.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
“A classic survival tale that offers laughs and much to mull over, this is a wonderfully entertaining novel.” (starred review) — KLIATT