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4 Ratings: 3.5
A book by Terry Pratchett

Starred Review. Grade 7–10—In this first novel for young people set outside of Discworld, Pratchett again shows his humor and humanity. Worlds are destroyed and cultures collide when a tsunami hits islands in a vast ocean much like the Pacific. … see full wiki

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4 reviews about Nation
review by . February 20, 2011
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   Terry Pratchett is best known for his Discworld novels, ranging from the Colour of Magic to Making Money. Within that canon, Pratchett has written a few novels explicitly labeled for young adults (starting with the Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents).      In Nation, though, Pratchett turns away from Discworld and starts a sui generis YA novel set on a world very much like, but subtly different, than our own 19th century Earth. Nation tells the story of two …
review by . August 01, 2008
Terry Pratchett takes a step back from the Discworld for his first major non-Discworld book in quite some time.    "Nation" takes place in an alternate universe that is similar in many ways to ours (though sadly I don't think we have any tree-dwelling octopi).    The book takes place sometime in the 19th century. It centers around two thirteen-year-olds, Mau and Daphne. He's a young islander and she's a Society girl from England. They meet after a giant wave …
review by . July 28, 2008
"They didn't know why these things were funny. Sometimes you laugh because you've got no more room for crying."    Terry Pratchett's newest YA novel carries the reader through on this basic concept: hope/laughter in the face of deepest sorrow. Though the story is frought with turmoil and emotional upheaval for its two young heros (Mau and Daphne) it unfolds into a tale of personal rebuilding when it seems there is little left to stand on.    Pratchett weaves …
review by . July 22, 2008
Mau's a boy heading for manhood. Daphne (the erstwhile Ermintrude) is heading for a tropical island where she can escape the death of her mother and one awful dominating grandmother to boot. Their worlds collide when a huge tidal wave rips their old realities apart, thrusting them together into a new stranger one. And if that's not enough of a start for a book, there are pigs, a parrot, and a host of characters that will either endear themselves to you, or else enrage you.    Like …
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