Nation by Terry PratchettNation by Terry Pratchett

Nation

byTerry Pratchett

Mass Market Paperback | September 14, 2009

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Alone on a desert island — everything and everyone he knows and loves has been washed away in a storm — Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He’s completely alone — or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird, and gives him a stick that can make fire.
Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy. Thank goodness the powder was wet and the gun only produced a spark. She’s certain her father, distant cousin of the Royal family, will come and rescue her but it seems, for now, that all she has for company is the boy and the foul-mouthed ship’s parrot, until other survivors arrive to take refuge on the island. Together, Mau and Daphne discover some remarkable things (including how to milk a pig, and why spitting in beer is a good thing), and start to forge a new nation.

Encompassing themes of death and nationhood, Terry Pratchett’s new novel is, as can be expected, extremely funny, witty and wise. Mau’s ancestors have something to teach us all. Mau just wishes they would shut up about it and let him get on with saving everyone’s lives!
Terry Pratchett is the author of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. His first Discworld novel for children, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.From the Hardcover edition.
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Title:NationFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 7.02 × 4.34 × 1.05 inPublished:September 14, 2009Publisher:TransworldLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0552557803

ISBN - 13:9780552557801

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing One of my favourite books of all time. I read it for the first time years ago and I still think about it. It's my go-to book whenever I have a reading slump.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pratchett's wonderful! Terry Pratchett has, yet again, turned a seemingly simple story into something special. He is master storyteller ... If you have yet to sample his work you should do so as quickly as you can!
Date published: 2014-03-21

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“It’s witty and wise, but it leaves its young readers enough room for a newly formed opinion or two as they think about its themes of love, loss, loyalty, courage, religion and nationhood.”— www.thebookbag.co.uk“An enchanting novel . . . Terry Pratchett is one of the most interesting and critically under-rated novelists we have.”— The Times“Pratchett is, like Mark Twain or Jonathan Swift, not just a great writer but also an original thinker.”— GuardianFrom the Hardcover edition.