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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; New edition edition (1 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439982561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439982566
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,606,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania and her parents were originally going to call her Tamara, but the nurse who filled out her birth certificate had never heard of that name before and accidentally misspelled it. However, Tamora likes her name and in case you're wondering how to pronounce it, it sounds just like camera. She was a passionate reader from an early age, devouring encyclopaedias, Dr Seuss books and J.R.R. Tolkien. Writing helped Tamora get through her parents' divorce and in her junior year at college she sold her first story and went on to publish The Song of the Lioness, originally with adult readers in mind, but found success when she turned it into a quartet for teenagers. The rest, as they say, is history! Tamora lives in New York with her husband.

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A new girl warrior, with all kinds of differences
About seven years ago I began to realize what a hold the image of a girl warrior, particularly the girl in armor, had on my readers and on me. It occurred to me that I hadn't really explored the idea of female knights to the fullest when I wrote Alanna's story, and that I wanted to give it another try.

I'm an odd creature, though. I didn't want to do Alanna again; I wanted to do something different. Keladry of Mindelan is her own person, different from the other girl warriors I've created. She is big and kind, a diplomat's youngest daughter who hates bullies above all things. Kel is also like most people in her world, forced to live with magic and mages while having no magic of her own. Surrounded by magic--from her friend Neal's healing Gift to the wild magic which has made her animal friends better able to understand and help her--Kel comes to terms with it. Most importantly, everyone knows Kel is a girl. A great many people who think she has no place among the pages, the squires or the knights. They'll do their best to get rid of her. Will they win? Will they break her down? Or will Kel find the things she needs to achieve her dream? My money's on her. She is VERY determined, and she believes in her dreams. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tamora Pierce is a popular and internationally renowned author of gripping fantasy novels for children. Visit her new website, www sheroesCentral.com, cohosted by Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on 5 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl to try to become a knight openly for over a century.
The training master (lord Wyldon) is firmly against this. Girls are squeemish, they can't fight, they don't have the right figure, right? WRONG! What do you expect if the most dangerous thing you make them do is embroidery?
Lord Wyldon doesn't want her to be given a chance at all, but, after all, it is now possible for girls to try for knighthood. Still, he gets to put her on probation, she has one year to prove she can keep up with the boys and if she can't, it's into the convent for her.
Kel isn't welcomed by most and detested by some, yet with her (what I think) friendly manner, she makes herself some good friends. She learns to ride, fight, solve mathematical problems etc. When Lord Wyldon finds out she's afraid of hights he makes her climb every height possible.
This is a year of fun, excitement, humiliation and desperation for Kel. Will she prove herself worthy?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2002
Format: Paperback
First test is a wonderful book for anyone who reads about the adventure's of Tortall. A good back where you see Alanna, Daine and Numair again. This is a good book for everyone who for some reason wasn't allowed to do something just because of your appearance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By book worm on 3 May 2006
Format: Paperback
I love this book! i was hooked. it got me laughing sometimes.

Keladry wants to be a Knight(just like the Lioness of Tortall Alanna)But it's pretty hard for girls to become Knights. Only Alanna has achieved this.

Lord Wyldon has put Kel(11 years old) on probation for a year, but only if she is good enough can she stay and become a second year page. With all the boys bullying her and insulting her, how can she reach her second year as a Page?

Kel has a very difficult year ahead of her. Kel decides the it is not right with all the boys(mostly Joren and his gang) bullying her and other first year pages. But she sorts them out. With black eyes and bruises!But she does get a few friends to help her. With Neal(her sponsor) and others can she stop the Joren and his gang from bullying her and the younger ones?

And can she survive her probation with Wyldon's eyes waiting to see something go wrong. He's putting her through some hard times. But she gets stronger and stronger as the days, weeks and months go by.

But who is giving her gift to help her get through it all? No one knows and who will?

But. And this is a BIG but. i would not read this unless you have read The Songs of the Lioness Quarlet and The Immortals Series. These sort of go with the story. if you dont you may not know who is who and what is what. And you will not get alot of back round knowledge on the Kingdom of Tortall. So i suggest you read the other Quarlets.

But overall this book is SIMPLY THE BEST!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Star_Sea on 2 May 2003
Format: Paperback
You don't have to have read Tamora Pierce's previous quartet dealing with Tortell to enjoy this book, although it helps. Ten years after the official decree allowing girls to become knights, one has come forward. It is not going to be an easy task. Keladry (or Kel, as nearly everyone calls her) makes quite a lot of enemies simply for being a girl: the overall Training Master, for one, is not impressed by her decision, and a group of older pages make it their business to bully her. However, Kel is no victim. Through her own courage and determination, she makes friends not only with her fellow students, but with the animals and castle servants as well. She is not invulnerable, she has fears, but she works hard to overcome them, and her integrity is the main appeal of the book. The writing is vigorous and focused on action, although Kel's thoughts are also investigated. The ending definitely left me wanting to know what happened next. For all fans of Tamora Pierce and hard-working heroines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
I've read (and loved), and do still re-read (and love) all other eight of Tamora Pierce's Tortall novels, which are books I can heartily recommend to every girl who likes Adventure and Fantasy. Sadly, however, this new book (like the Circle of Magic) is not totally up to her usual style - the heroine is a likeable, but not very original mix between Alanna of the Lioness series (as the only girl in the palace, training to be a knight, and experiencing all of Alanna's troubles from being bullied to problems with her horse) and Daine from the Wild Magic books (by having a special bond with animals). Alanna herself, and many other old friends I would have loved to hear more about, like Daine and Numair and the coldtooth, all make just small cameo appearances. Nevertheless, I read the book in one go without putting it down. It's probably because I fell in love with Tortall and its people when I was twelve and read the first Alanna books, and just can't let go of them.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "fictionfan-fantasy" on 16 Jun. 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
This is the first book in the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce. It is set in Tortall and is about a girl called Keladry (Kel for short). Kel is about to become the first female Page since Alanna the Lioness herself! There is only one problem. The training master at the palace does not want to take her even though ten years ago girls were made able to be pages/squires/knights by royal decree. Eventually Lord Wyldon (the training master) allows Kel to train as a page, but only if for the first year she is put on probation to see if she can keep up with the boys. Also, Alanna is allowed to have no contact with Kel at all throughout all of the years she is a page/squire! This is a really good book and goes into more detail of a page's life than the Alanna book's although maybe the main character is not as 'cool' as Alanna eg Alanna associates with thieves etc and Kel certainly does not. Overall a must read especially if you have read any other TP books.
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