It's so much fun when someone introduces me to a new fantasy world. (Thanks, Jenn!) I zipped through the first book, The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, 2003) and am onto the sequel, A hat full of sky (2004) The first line of the first book gives you a delicious taste of what is coming: "Some things start before other things." Tongue-in-cheek humor runs alongside the adventures of 9 year old Tiffany Aching, who has read the dictionary all the way through. You'll meet the local Nac Mac Feegle (the wee free men) and follow Tiffany as she deals with some emotional issues in her life. In the second book, Tiffany is now 11. I'm not done yet, but it has the same flavor as the first and is calling to me as I write . . .
Read what Terry says about these books on his site: http://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/ I discovered there is a third book about Tiffany that I'll have to order.