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First Test


The first in the epic Protector of the Small series from award-winning US author, Tamora Pierce. Kel is the first girl to enlist as a page at the ... Show synopsis

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  • Love The book Apr 18, 2013
    by Lanesville

    Book arrived quickly and in great condition. Pierce knows both fantasy and the medieval era. Great book for teaching people that traditional sex-roles can be challenged.

  • Wonderful new heroine Jul 24, 2009
    by Ellyb

    In "First Test," author Tamora Pierce introduces her fans to the only girl to try for her knighthood since Alanna the Lioness earned her shield disguised as a man and King Jonathan threw open the knighthood to women. Unfortunately, the king has to keep his conservative nobles happy, and therefore consents to put our protagonist through a year of probation as a page, something the boys never have had to do.
    Keladry of Mindelan is delightfully different from our old friend Alanna. Kel is blessed with different physical strengths as well as the ability to keep her emotions at bay, so while Kel still has to deal with bullies and hazing, the fact that she is practically Alanna's opposite as well as openly female makes for a very different reading experience than that of the Song of the Lioness quartet. This new series is a joy to read and I highly recommend it to young girls.

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