Every town on Discworld knows the stories about rats and pipers, and Maurice - a streetwise tomcat - leads a band of educated ratty friends (and a stupid kid) on a nice little earner. Piper plus rats equals lots and lots of money. Until they run across someone playing a different tune. Now he and his rats must learn a new concept: evil...
Jacob Todd is abroad on his own for the first time, visiting his grandfathers grave at the annual commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem in Amsterdam. There, he meets Geertrui, an ill old lady, who tells a story of love and betrayal, which overturns Jacobs view of himself and his country, and leads him to question his place in the world.
Grandpa refuses to stay in hospital, as he is determined to finish his painting, River Boy, before he goes. At first Jess cant understand his refusal, but then she too becomes involved in the painting. And when she meets the river boy himself, she finds she is caught up in a challenge of her own that she must complete - before its too late.
Solomon is full of anger - with the teachers and his father, who mother who has left him and with himself. He cannot bear to be at home or at school. His refuge is one corner of the kirkyar, where nothing lives but a rowan tree. When workmen cut this tree down, a terrible force comes to life.
Cassy hears footsteps padding through Nans flat in the middle of the night. The next day she is packed off to stay with Goldie, her beautiful but childish mother, and her boyfriend with no explanation. Something has gone wrong and Cassy faces danger.
Their last term at Cricklepit Combined School is full of the usual fun and madness, but then Tyke learns that much more is at stake. Is it possible to keep hapless Danny out of trouble? And what final surprise does Tyke have in store?
James family has moved to a new cottage - with grounds that are great for excavations, and trees that are perfect for climbing - and stuff is happening. Stuff that is normally the kind of thing he does. And hes getting blamed for it. But its not him whos writing strange things on shopping lists and fences. Its a ghost - honestly.