The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Paperback)
“An astonishing novel. Were Terry Pratchett not demonstratively a master craftsman already, The Amazing Maurice might be considered his masterpiece.” —Neil Gaiman
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 bestselling author Sir 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!
This book’s feline hero was first mentioned in the Discworld novel Reaper Man and stars in the movie version of his adventure, The Amazing Maurice, featuring David Tenant, Emma Clarke, Hamish Patel, and Hugh Laurie. Fans of Maurice will relish the adventures of Tiffany Aching, starting with The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky!
Carnegie Medal Winner * ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age * VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror * Book Sense Pick
Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed author of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Color of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of more than fifty bestselling books which have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for his young adult novel The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. He was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to literature in 2009, although he always wryly maintained that his greatest services to literature was to avoid writing any. He lived in England and died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.
“Delves into weighty issues but keeps its sense of dark humor.” — USA Today
“Excruciatingly funny, ferociously intelligent.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred Review)
“Pratchett rethinks a classic story and comes up with a winner. A not–to–be–missed delight.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
“Manages to be hilarious, moving, scary, impishly vulgar and wickedly wise, sometimes all at once.” — Locus Magazine
“Pratchett’s absorbing, suspenseful adventure is deepened by a willingness to tackle the questions of existence.” — Horn Book Magazine
“Pure, unadulterated fun. The action is fast paced, the dialogue witty, unforgettable.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“For this outrageously cheeky tale, Pratchett pairs a dynamite plot with memorable characters.” — Publishers Weekly
“This is his first Discworld novel aimed specifically at YA readers, and it should win him new fans.” — KLIATT
“Pratchett leaves none of his wit behind in this exploration of Discworld for younger readers.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (recommended)
“Clearly destined for great things…deeply pleasurable and a wonderful and entertaining read.” — The Bookseller (Great Britain)