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TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. She has been the guest of honor at numerous conventions, and her books have been translated into many languages and are available on audio. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, the Skylark Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at TamoraPierce.com and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.

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Gr 5-8-Set in the imaginary kingdom of Tortall, 10-year-old Keladry has applied for training to become a knight of the court of King Jonathan. Looking to Alanna the Lioness (from Pierce's The Lioness Quartet) for inspiration, Kel must fight her way through her first year of knight training as a page. She's faced not only with the hostility of the master trainer, Lord Wyldon, but also the fellow pages who oppose a girl being allowed into the program. Trained as a child by stolid Yamani warriors, Kel is capable of hiding her feelings from her peers as she courageously develops her skills. Her empathy for the other lowly first year pages earn her their friendship and trust. Youngsters will be drawn to Tamora Pierce's first book in the series (Random, 1999) which features a strong female character who stands up to bullies, a magical connection with the sparrows in the courtyard, a cranky horse named Peachblossom, and a fantasy element with dangerous creatures. Bernadette Dunne's narration perfectly captures the wide assortment of characters. Her depiction of Kel helps listeners feel her pain and frustration as well as the joy she finds in her relationship with the other first year pages, the sparrows, and her horse.-Beverly S. Almond, Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School, Raleigh, NC Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us." --HOLLY BLACK, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence--I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay--as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words." --MARIE LU, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce is a seminal figure in the fantasy field of writing, turning out one terrific book after another." --TERRY BROOKS, New York Times bestselling author of the Sword of Shannara trilogy "It's impossible to overstate Tamora Pierce's impact on children's literature. Her tough, wise, and wonderful heroines have inspired generations of readers." --RAE CARSON, New York Times bestselling author "In the world of YA fantasy, there's before Tamora Pierce, and then after her female heroes started kicking down the doors (and walls, and other barriers)!" --BRUCE COVILLE, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce is a trailblazer for so many fantasy writers, hacking through the old tropes with her narrative machete and showing us that girl-centered adventures are not just possible but amazing." --RACHEL HARTMAN, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce's writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshingly clear, invigorating, and revitalizing river." --GARTH NIX, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce is gloriously unafraid to give her readers joy and laughter along with adventure and struggle, to let us love her characters wholeheartedly and find the best of ourselves in them." --NAOMI NOVIK, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce and her brilliant heroines didn't just break down barriers; they smashed them with magical fire." --KATHERINE ARDEN, author of The Bear and the Nightingale "Tamora Pierce's bold, courageous heroines illuminate the journey to womanhood." --CALLIE BATES, author of The Waking Land "Tamora Pierce is the queen of YA fantasy, and we are all happy subjects in her court." --JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning "Tamora Pierce's novels gave me a different way of seeing the world. They were like nothing I'd encountered before. Alanna stormed her way into my thirteen-year-old heart and told me that I could write gorgeous, complicated novels about vibrantly real people in fantastic situations, and to be honest, she's never left." --ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON, award-winning author of Love Is the Drug

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