But the trouble with Bright New Dawns is that they're usually followed by cloudy days. With scattered showers. Life Outside the Store is much colder than the four-inch-tall nomes expected. And there aren't any walls . . . it's all very unsettling.
Still, the nomes are finally adjusting to their new home at the abandoned quarry, when a Sign arrives announcing the quarry is to be reopened. The humans are coming to mess things up (as usual), but this time the nomes might just fight back if they can find a way to rouse the mysterious Dragon in the Hill.
About the Author
Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, was the author of more than 70 books, including the internationally bestselling Discworld series of novels. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. In January 2009, Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry, who lived in England, died in March 2015 at the age of 66.
Hometown:Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Date of Birth:April 28, 1948
Place of Birth:Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
Education:Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is my least favorite of the three Bromeliad books. It is still funny, but didn't make me laugh out loud so much.
Book 2 of 3 in a Pratchett young adult/children's series- the 'nomes' world is still in upheaval and yet this book felt much slower than the first, likely because it's a midway book. Typical Pratchett satirical humor, acceptable for all agees - warning - not at all related to Discworld if that's what you are lookingfor.
Diggers didn't have quite the same impact as the first Bromeliad book, Truckers, but I still enjoyed it very much. Since Book 2 narrated just one side of the ongoing tale, it left me hanging, but thankfully, I have the next book -- Wings -- in hand. Diggers continued to make me laugh out loud; Pratchett's wit absolutely delights me! I'm eager to continue the adventure in Wings.
Life for a "nome" has always been precarious as first experienced for generations living without detection by humans in a department store. After being forced out from there, they find shelter in the outbuildings of an unused rock quarry but only until humans start coming around again to reoccupy it. Where will they go to now, especially in the absence of one of their more crucial leaders? Terry Pratchett, the author, is an Englishman, and the reader gets a good sampling of wily, British attitude in the personalities of his characters. The whole thing comes off as kind of a Orwellian fantasy where little people perpetually question the motives and motivations of one another which leads to some clever verbal exchanges among them. One prominent nome in the story, Masklin, provides important dialogue that helps frame the conflict adequately before he is sent off to find answers elsewhere, leaving others to take on the bulk of the action and the decisions which need to be made. This is troublesome for the reader as the story would have been more enjoyable if the details of his quest were included along with the rest of the story. Diggers would be valuable as part of an in-class, science fiction library for sixth graders looking to gain exposure to good, solid examples of the genre.