The Wee Free Men
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|The Wee Free Men|
30th novel – 1st Tiffany Aching story
|Awards||WH Smith Teen Choice Award 2003
American Library Association's Best Book For Young Adults 2004
Parenting Book of the Year Award 2003
Center for Children's Books' Blue Ribbon
Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book 2004 
|Followed by||A Hat Full of Sky|
The Wee Free Men is a 2003 comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, which takes place in his Discworld setting. It is labelled a "Story of Discworld" to indicate its status as children's or young adult fiction, unlike most of the books in the Discworld series. A sequel, A Hat Full of Sky, appeared in 2004 (both books were republished in a combined edition, The Wee Free Men: The Beginning, in August 2010); a third book called Wintersmith appeared in 2006; and the fourth, I Shall Wear Midnight, was released in September 2010.
While Terry Pratchett's first Discworld book for children, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents had swearing translated to rat language, in this book it is in the dialect of the Nac Mac Feegle which is taken from Scots and Scottish Gaelic.
An illustrated edition of the novel, with pictures by Stephen Player, appeared in print on October 2, 2008.
Tiffany Aching is a 9 year old girl who sees things differently to others. Her brother Wentworth was kidnapped by The Queen of the Fairies (or the Quin). Tiffany sets out with a bunch of 6 inch tall Fairies called Nac Mac Feegles, small blue men with tattoos all over, to go to Fairyland and rescue Wentworth.
In January 2006, reports emerged that director Sam Raimi had signed up to make a movie based on this novel with a script by Pamela Pettler, the writer of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. Sony Pictures Entertainment had recently acquired the rights to the book. The producers are Josh Donen, Vince Gerardis, and Ralph Vicinanza. No other details have been released about the film adaptation.
In a June 2008 interview, Pratchett said: "I saw a script that I frankly thought was awful. It seemed to be Wee Free Men in name only. It had all the hallmarks of something that had been good, and then the studio had got involved. It probably won't get made." In December 2009, Pratchett said that he had "got back The Wee Free Men".
- "Locus YA Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
- "Raimi's a Free Man, Spidey helmer signs for new flick". IGN. 10 January 2006.
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- "Tough at the Top", SFX SF and Fantasy Literature Special, June 2008, Future Publishing
- Pratchett, Terry and Mullan, John (18 December 2009). Guardian book club: John Mullan meets Terry Pratchett (MP3). 35 minutes in. Retrieved 12 July 2012. "I got back The Wee Free Men after seeing the script, which was everything that The Wee Free Men actually campaigns against. [...] Everything about [the book] was the opposite of Disney, and yet I was getting a script which looked as if— good scriptwriter, but the studio had kind of Disneyfied it [...] to make it understandable to American filmmakers."
- "Discworld Monthly Issue 199". November 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
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|30th Discworld Novel||Succeeded by
|1st Tiffany Aching Story
Published in 2003
A Hat Full of Sky