Alanna: The First Adventure

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 8, 2009 - Young Adult Fiction - 240 pages
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From Tamora Pierce, the first book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.”

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins—one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.

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*Review Contains Spoilers* This is a well realized portrait of someone with talent, ambition, and the necessary support to use those to overcome obstacles that others aren't necessarily aware are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kesterbird - LibraryThing

I was expecting the standard YA "girl has to dress as boy, hates hiding her girliness, giggling and weird crushes ensue". Instead I got a thinly veiled transboy in the closet story. I don't know how ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Beloved author Tamora Pierce has written a great number of books, including The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Circle of Magic quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, The Circle Opens quartet, the Trickster series, The Will of the Empress, Melting Stones, and the Beka Cooper series.  She lives in New York and can be visited at TamoraPierce.com.

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