First Test – Tamora Pierce

first test

Protector of the Small: Book 1

Ten years after the proclamation that girls are eligible for a page’s training at the court of King Jonathan of Tortall, 10-year-old Keladry applies and is accepted, but on probation, a condition never forced on male applicants. Resolutely accepting the challenge, the hostility of the royal training master, and harassment by fellow pages, Kel makes her way through this difficult year. Trained from early childhood by stoic Yamani warriors, she is capable of hiding her feelings, fearless in a fight, and willing to work hard to develop the necessary physical capacity. Her sympathy and support for the underdog and her sense of chivalry earn her the admiration of a group of fellow pages. She also befriends the sparrows that live outside her window and wins over a difficult horse.

What I really love about Tamora Pierce’s books is that a lot of them feature really strong girls as the main character.  This is certainly true of Kel.  She is strong and won’t be defeated, but she is also kind and likeable.  Try this new series if you want a girl that could kick tail but still be your best friend.     – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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