Alanna: The First Adventure – Tamora Pierce

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Call it fate, call it intuition, or just call it common sense, but somehow young Alanna knows she isn’t meant to become some proper lady cloistered in a convent. Instead, she wants to be a great warrior maiden-a female knight. But in the land of Tortall, women aren’t allowed to train as warriors. So Alanna finds a way to switch places with her twin, Thom, and take his place as a knight in training at the palace of King Roald. Disguising herself as a boy, Alanna begins her training as a page in the royal court. Soon, she is garnering the admiration of all around her, including the crown prince, with her strong work ethic and her thirst for knowledge. But all the while, she is haunted by the recurring vision of a black stone city that emanates evil… somehow she knows it is her fate to purge that place of its wickedness. But how will she find it? And can she fulfill her destiny while keeping her gender a secret?

This is one of the best ‘girl power’ books I have read in a long time.  Alanna is amazing – she’s an incredible fighter, she’s smart, she’s a great friend – all while being true to herself.  I definitely think you should give this a try.  ~ Leila, Teen Clerk

My all-time favorite book from childhood – Try it!!  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Amber
    Jul 15, 2010 @ 01:23:42

    this is simply one of the best written books i have ever read.It is even better than some of the greatest minds this world has seen. I hope to get my hands on the next book soon.

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