Carnegie Medal Winner * New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age * VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror * ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * Book Sense Pick
The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits.
For this is a town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets....
Set in Terry Pratchett's beloved Discworld, this masterfully crafted, gripping read is both compelling and funny. When one of the world's most acclaimed fantasy writers turns a classic fairy tale on its head, no one will ever look at the Pied Piper—or rats—the same way again!
PW called this tale about a group of intelligent rat criminals, a kitty and a kid who develop a highly successful pied piper scam (until the rats develop a conscience) "an outrageously cheeky tale, with a dynamite plot and memorable characters." Ages 12-up.
Couldn’t stop reading, even if I wanted to.
This book is an absolute blast. It’s set in Discworld, but it’s a much different view of Discworld than we usually get. This is another Pratchett favourite for me. This is pretty much Pratchett’s take on the talking animals adventure story. He just does it way better because he’s not trying to be cute, he’s trying to tell a good story (and he does).
A perfect read with the kids
Read this out loud with my six year old and both of us absolutely loved it. It is a rare book complex enough for an adult to love in a solo read and straight forward enough to share with kids. One of the big factors in triggering my son's love of reading. Thank you, Sir Pratchett!