Page – Tamora Pierce


Protector of the Small: Book 2

As the only female page in history to last beyond the first year of formal training to become a knight, 11-year-old Keladry of Mindelan has an uphill battle to fight. In addition to proving herself worthy of being a page, Kel spends her time defending first-year pages from bullies, staying on top of homework, conquering her paralyzing fear of heights, and keeping up with Lord Wyldon’s grueling physical training schedule. Kel’s detractors do everything in their power to thwart her progress, from tormenting her friends to sabotaging the Midwinter Festivities to kidnapping her maid and dog on the day of final examinations. The tide of resistance begins to turn slightly during the summer between Kel’s second and third years, when she leads a team of pages in defensive maneuvers against renegade bandits.

Kel has a rough time trying to convince everyone that not only is she good enough to become a knight, but that she is also better than some of her male competitors.  She stays strong, though, and impresses them all with her skills in some difficult situations.  Go Kel!!     – Jessica, Teen Librarian


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maria
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 01:20:38

    I love Kel also but above it said that she is the first female in history to last past their first year as a page. This isn’t correct because there have been female pages before, it was just about 400 years ago that the last one was around; in the Beka Cooper books there is a female knight.


    • jmlib923
      Jan 04, 2010 @ 19:40:49

      In one sense you are definitely right. I stand corrected. That should state, in recent history, she is the first female page to continue on towards becoming a knight. In the far past, way predating the “current” time, there were a few lady knights, but they went through a slightly different process to become a knight. Then, when Alanna became a knight, it was through deception, posing as a boy, so Kel is the first female openly accepted into this program to become a lady knight.


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