Discworld facts for kids
|Cover artist||Josh Kirby (1983–2001)
Paul Kidby (2001–2015)
|Media type||Print: Hardback, paperback|
|No. of books||41 novels|
Discworld is a series of fantasy books by the English author Terry Pratchett (1948-2015). There are 41 novels in total as well as short stories and guidebooks. All of them are set on the Discworld, which is a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle. Make believe creatures like dragons, dwarves and elves live on the Discworld.
The Discworld books follow lots of different characters and storylines. Sometimes, the same main characters are used in several books to create a story arc:
Rincewind was the first main character in Discworld books. He is a wizard who does not know any spells and tries to run away from everything. Even though he is a coward, he saves the world several times by accident.
Death is seen in all the Discworld books except for The Wee Free Men and Snuff. He is a seven foot tall skeleton who appears when people die to take their souls to the afterlife. Even though he is seen as frightening, he is sometimes kind to people. He especially likes cats.
The City Watch is a police force in one of the main cities on the Discworld. At the beginning of the series, there are only a few members of the City Watch and they are lazy and useless. Later in the series, they grow to have many members and stop crimes around the city.
The main witch in the series is Granny Weatherwax. She seems not to like most people but still helps to heal them when they are sick and deliver babies.
|1||The Colour of Magic||1983||Rincewind||93rd in the Big Read.|
|2||The Light Fantastic||1986||Continues from The Colour of Magic|
|4||Mort||Death||65th in the Big Read|
|6||Wyrd Sisters||Witches||135th in the Big Read|
|7||Pyramids||1989||Djelibeybi||British Science Fiction Award winner, 1989|
|8||Guards! Guards!||City Watch||69th in the Big Read|
|9||Eric||1990||Rincewind||Published in a larger format and fully illustrated by Josh Kirby|
|10||Moving Pictures||Industrial Revolution|
|11||Reaper Man||1991||Death||126th in the Big Read|
|12||Witches Abroad||Witches||197th in the Big Read|
|13||Small Gods||1992||Omnia||102nd in the Big Read|
|14||Lords and Ladies||Witches|
|15||Men at Arms||1993||City Watch||148th in the Big Read|
|16||Soul Music||1994||Death||151st in the Big Read|
|19||Feet of Clay||1996||City Watch|
|20||Hogfather||Death||137th in the Big Read; British Fantasy Award nominee, 1997|
|22||The Last Continent||1998||Rincewind|
|24||The Fifth Elephant||1999||City Watch||153rd in the Big Read; Locus Fantasy Award nominee, 2000|
|25||The Truth||2000||Industrial Revolution||193rd in the Big Read|
|26||Thief of Time||2001||Death||152nd in the Big Read; Locus Award nominee, 2002|
|27||The Last Hero||Rincewind||Published in a larger format and fully illustrated by Paul Kidby|
|28||The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents||Überwald||A YA (young adult or children's) Discworld book; winner of the 2001 Carnegie Medal|
|29||Night Watch||2002||City Watch||Received the Prometheus Award in 2003; came 73rd in the Big Read; Locus Award nominee, 2003|
|30||The Wee Free Men||2003||Tiffany Aching||The second YA Discworld book; also published in larger format and fully illustrated by Stephen Player|
|31||Monstrous Regiment||Industrial Revolution||The title is a reference to The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstruous Regiment of Women; 2004 nominee for Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.|
|32||A Hat Full of Sky||2004||Tiffany Aching||The third YA Discworld book|
|33||Going Postal||Moist von Lipwig||Locus and Nebula Awards nominee, 2005|
|34||Thud!||2005||City Watch||Locus Award nominee, 2006|
|35||Wintersmith||2006||Tiffany Aching||The fourth YA book.|
|36||Making Money||2007||Moist von Lipwig||Locus Award winner, Nebula nominee, 2008|
|37||Unseen Academicals||2009||Rincewind||Locus Award Nominee, 2010|
|38||I Shall Wear Midnight||2010||Tiffany Aching||The fifth YA book, Andre Norton winner, 2010|
|39||Snuff||2011||City Watch||Third fastest selling book in first week of publication|
|40||Raising Steam||2013||Moist von Lipwig|
|41||The Shepherd's Crown||2015||Tiffany Aching||The sixth YA book, Completed mid-2014 and published posthumously in 2015|
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