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Tamora Pierce , Susan Denaker
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24 Oct 2006 Beka Cooper (Book 1)
Hundreds of years before Alanna first drew her sword in Tamora Pierce’s memorable debut, Alanna: The First Adventure, Tortall had a heroine named Beka Cooper–a fierce young woman who fights crime in a world of magic. This is the beginning of her story, her legend, and her legacy. . . .
Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost’s Guard, commonly known as “the Provost’s Dogs.” To the surprise of both the veteran “Dogs” and her fellow “puppies,” Beka requests duty in the Lower City. The Lower City is a tough beat. But it’s also where Beka was born, and she’s comfortable there.
Beka gets her wish. She’s assigned to work with Mattes and Clary, famed veterans among the Provost’s Dogs, and they don’t know that Beka has something unique to offer. Beka is a good listener. So good, in fact, that she hears things that Mattes and Clary never could–information that is passed in murmurs when flocks of pigeons gather . . . murmurs that are the words of the dead. And the ranks of the dead will be growing if the Dogs can’t stop a crime wave the likes of which has never been seen. Luckily for the people of the Lower City, the new puppy is a true terrier!

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (24 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739337181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739337189
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,848,627 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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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 25 Jan 2007
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
TERRIER is the latest from a brilliant author whose earlier works you've got to read if you haven't already! My expectations for this book, as it is by Tamora Pierce, were, of course, quite high, and I was not disappointed. This might be my new favorite of hers (though it still might be beat out by the SONG OF THE LIONESS quartet--it's close), which is certainly saying a lot.

It's the story of Beka Cooper, a Lower City girl and member of the Provost's Guard who lives centuries before Alanna the Lioness and those characters of her world known to fans of Tamora Pierce's other work. Beka lives in the dark time spoken of in one of the Alanna books when every sword, whether held by a man or a woman, was needed. Indeed, Alanna was not the first Lady Knight; hundreds of years before, women could earn their shields without having to hide who they were. In fact, one of the many fascinating characters known to Beka is a Lady Knight named Sabine. She reminded me of Alanna. Mattes, one of the guardsmen whose job it is to train Beka in their ways, reminds me of one of Alanna's friends, Raoul. Rosto is quite like George Cooper (whose ancestor Beka is!), as well. And fans of the SONG OF THE LIONESS quartet will also recognize Beka's cat, Pounce!

When Beka trains to be a Puppy in the Guard, she knows someday she'll be a Dog, and she wants to be a good one. She's quite excited to be assigned to one of the best pairs in the Lower City; indeed, in all of Corus! She knows it'll be hard work, that Mattes and Clary will work her hard, but she's ready for it. This is what she wants to do. She's aided by her friends, her cat, and her magical Gifts of listening to the winds and to the pigeons who carry the souls of the dead.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provost's Dog 15 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a completely new world to those of us who are familiar with reading Tamora Pierce's Tortall books. Yes it is vaguely familiar but it is also completely different. It's grittier and harder.

The story itself is in a completley new format; that of a journal. To be honest it takes a bit of getting used to- especially with the phonetic spelling in one journal entry. But once you get into it you discover that it really works and that it draws you more into the story.

The character of Beka Cooper is both what you expect and what you don't of one of Tamora Pierce's heroines (or Sheroes, if you prefer). She's shy to the point where it can be debilitating but she doesn't let that stop her. In many ways she is stronger than Alanna (from Song of the Lioness quartet) but she's got Alanna and Kel (from Protector of the Small quartet)'s love of what she does. It isn't just a job for her. She cares about the people she's protecting.

The other characters you meet in the story are interesting- especially the three new thieves she meets and befriends, surprisingly. Her siblings are ashamed of her because she doesn't follow the expected route but she doesn't let that stop her from being who she is. She's very aware of what's going on around her- she listens to the people around her. Her magic is cool and rather unusual- as is her cat, who I'm sure if you've read any previous books you'll be able to guess who it will be.

It is a genuinely good book- what better praise can I give it than that?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical Tamora Pierce 3 Feb 2010
By BKAF
Format:Paperback
After reading reviews about 'Terrier' I wasn't completely convinced whether or not to buy it. It's not normal for a Tamora Pierce book to be set as a diary - I'm so used to 3rd person from her, and I wasn't convinced it would work as well.

As it happens, Pierce can write in 1st person just as well as 3rd, which was just as well since I'd bought it. This is probably one of her books that I like the least, but that's only because there's not much that can compare to the Alanna the Lioness series. 'Terrier' is closer to 'Trickster's Choice' in the plotline (that's a seriously awesome book by the way), in that it doesn't have the 'epic' fantasy style of writing in Alanna. It's more based on seemingly smaller events that lead up to bigger ones. I also get the feeling that when I get round to reading the others, more seemingly insignificant events will come together in unexpected ways. That's just how Tamora Pierce writes - it means that the series gets better as you go along though.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy or adventure books, but it's best if you've read some of the other Tortallan books as well.
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By Lissy
Format:Paperback
I have just finished reading the book and I loved it! It had me gripped right until the last page. It is in the form of a journal written by Beka Cooper, and ancestor of George Cooper. Beka is a girl who is cripplingly shy yet her passion for her work in the Provost Guard forces her to break through this shyness to help the people of the lower city, her people.

Beka is presented as a 'real' girl who makes mistakes and gets mocked for them. She does not stumble across all the answers, she must work them out for herself and she takes us along this route with her: we know everything that Beka knows but no more. We do not get a view point from the criminals which is good, it enables us, the readers, to work out things as Beka does.

Beka does not just show us her struggle to catch the criminals and overcome her shyness, we see her family struggles and relationships, her crushes, her friends and her loyalty to both strangers and her friends amongst the lower city.

No other Dogs (slang term for the Provost Guard, Beka is a trainee Dog known as a Puppy) seems to care about the people that are going missing but Beka wants to protect her people knowing that, but for the Lord Provost's kindness, she and her family may have been the ones to go missing.

This book is a gripping read and i highly recommend it. And, if you have not already, i recommend that you read Tamora Pierce's other series aswell: 'Song of the Lioness', 'The Immortals' and 'Protector of the Small' are all set in Tortall like Terrier but it is not necesary to read them first to understand this book. She has also written 'Circle of Magic', 'The Circle Opens' and 'The Will of the Empress' which are based in a different land and concern 4 children who, unkown to them, have strong magic and are taken under the wing of the Winding Circle temple to be taught to handle their magic. All of these books are highly recommendable and I believe you are mising out if you have not read them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds Expectations.
Being a long time lover of Tamora Pierce's Tortall universe I was unsure how much I would like a book based such a long time before the start of the Alanna books. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Joei
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I'm a big fan of Pierce's work, but this story just didn't work for me. I didn't like the format (diary entries) or the manufactured slang. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by The Green Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
16 year old Beka Cooper is not like most girls. She can, in her own special way, communicate with the dead and she wants nothing more than being a cop. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for girls and boys
In her latest novel Tamora Pierce tells the story of Rebekah "Beka" Cooper - an ancestor of George Cooper, the City's Rogue in the time of Alanna (a setting and characters familiar... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by A. L. Rutter
1.0 out of 5 stars Provost's Guard?
I have not yet read this book, but several reviews have mentioned the 'Provost's Guards'. These appear to be taken from Pierces 'Magic STeps', in the 'Circle Opens' Quartet, which... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2010 by V. M. S. Keech
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrier - Beka Cooper
A real book with a real characters - I was involved from the outset and had to put other activities on hold to read the next 'bit'. Read more
Published on 22 May 2009 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars didn't take the leash off for this one.
I was excited when I received this book for Christmas, i've thoroughly enjoyed the first two series from tortall, the Keladry series perhaps wasnt the greatest, but I still enjoyed... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2009 by H. Peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
At first i was a bit worried because this was a first person diary style book, which is a completly differnt style for the wonderful Ms Pierce but as usual she delivered. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2008 by Christopher Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars My Opinion on Terrier (Beka Cooper)
Terrier was a fantastic read, like all of Tamora Pierces other books. Unlike the other books, Terrier was written in the form of a journal-Beka's Journal, for the most part. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2008 by Book Worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrier
Tamora Pierce writes fabulous books, and this is no exception. If you haven't read any Tamora Pierce before then you really should, you don't know what you're missing. Read more
Published on 27 May 2007 by Lady Vi
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