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After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives. *Author: Pratchett, Terry *Publication Date: 2008/10/01 *Number of Pages: 367 *Binding Type: Library *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25
Terry Pratchett's published his first story when he was only 13 years old. "The Hades Business" originally appeared in a school magazine and, two years later, it was re-published in Science Fantasy magazine, making him a professional writer at the age of 15. His first novel, THE CARPET PEOPLE, was published in 1971 and followed the adventures of a society of microscopic people living in, well, a carpet. Essentially, a children's novel in the vein of John Peterson's THE LITTLES (who, incidentally, would be giants compared to Pratchett's people) and the like, the novel paved the way for Pratchett's style of "grounded" fantasy. Many of his novels are feature fairly traditional fantasy elements in fairly traditional fantasy settings, but almost all of these settings are microcosms of the "real" world--in the case of the Discworld series, for example, all the action takes place on a flat planet that sits atop the backs of four immense elephants who, in turn, ride on the shell of an enormous turtle travelling through space. The Discworld books, which form the bulk of Pratchett's literary work and are his most well-known titles, initially began as extremely clever, and very funny, parodies of fantasy fiction and have slowly morphed into being much more. His 1989 novel, PYRAMIDS, was awarded the British Science Fiction Award and a collaboration with Neil Gaiman, GOOD OMENS, was nominated for the 1991 World Fantasy Award. A prolific author, Pratchett is a consistent best seller in England, where, according to some estimates, his fiction accounts for a little over 1% of ALL books sold in any given year.
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From the Publisher
A tsunami brings devastation--and the opportunity for new growth--into the lives of Mau (a native of a small South Pacific Island) and an aristocratic English girl named Daphne. Having been away from home for his rite of passage when the tsunami hit, Mau is the only member of his village to survive the deadly wave. He meets Daphne, the sole survivor of a ship that was crashed by the same wave, and the duo help each other cope with their twin tragedies. As time passes, Mau and Daphne welcome other survivors, who all band together to from a new kind of family. Set in the 19th century, this novel explores such themes as religious beliefs, human values, free will, and the meaning of family. A 2009 Printz Honor Book, as well as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008.
After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.