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Alanna: The First Adventure [Hardcover]

Tamora Pierce
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Sept. 1 2002 Song of the Lioness (Book 1)

"From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight."

In a time when girls are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be knight of the realm of Tortall. So she finds a way to switch places with her brother, Thom. Disguised as a boy, Alanna begins her training as a page at the palace of King Roald. The road to knighthood, as she discovers, is not an easy one. Alanna must master weapons, combat, magic -- and also polite behavior, her temper, and even her own heart. With stubbornness, skill, and daring, she wins the admiration of all around her, and the friendship of Prince Jonathan of Tortall himself. But she also makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the powerful and charming Duke Roger....

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 the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

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Call it fate, call it intuition, or just call it common sense, but somehow young Alanna knows she isn't meant to become some proper lady cloistered in a convent. Instead, she wants to be a great warrior maiden--a female knight. But in the land of Tortall, women aren't allowed to train as warriors. So Alanna finds a way to switch places with her twin, Thom, and take his place as a knight in training at the palace of King Roald. Disguising herself as a boy, Alanna begins her training as a page in the royal court. Soon, she is garnering the admiration of all around her, including the crown prince, with her strong work ethic and her thirst for knowledge. But all the while, she is haunted by the recurring vision of a black stone city that emanates evil... somehow she knows it is her fate to purge that place of its wickedness. But how will she find it? And can she fulfill her destiny while keeping her gender a secret?

With Alanna: The First Adventure, veteran fantasy author Tamora Pierce has created a lively, engaging heroine who will charm middle-school readers with her tomboyish bravado and have them eagerly searching for the next book in the Song of the Lioness series. Like Brian Jacques's tales of Redwall, this popular quartet is an entertaining fantasy series for younger teens. (Ages 10 to 13) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Gr 5-8-Actress Trini Alvarado, known for her roles in such films as Little Women and Paulie: A Parrot's Tale, superbly narrates this unabridged audio version of Alanna: The First Adventure (Atheneum, 1983), the first book in the popular The Song of the Lioness quartet. Tamora Pierce's story of Alanna, a girl of noble birth who disguises herself as a boy in order to become a knight, is a spirited fantasy/adventure that is only made more captivating by Alvarado's lively performance. Alvarado brings Alanna's determined, yet at times insecure character to life. By utilizing several accents, she deftly distinguishes the many supporting characters from one another. The quality of the audio is clear, and the reading is well paced. Pairing Alvarado's vocal talents with Pierce's well written and engaging story makes this a quality audiobook worthy of inclusion in any audio collection.-Lori Craft, Downers Grove Public Library, IL

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good for all teens and older March 10 2014
By rynne
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
got this set for my daughters, was a easy read for me and I expect they will enjoy it. good for all teens, some of the later books in this series deal with feelings and ideas better suited for 15yrs and older, but this one is ok for the slightly younger readers too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars need to get my hands on the second book Feb. 26 2012
I've heard a great deal about Tamora Pierce and being a lover of both fantasy and YA, I decided to give her first series a try. In Alanna: The First Adventure, Alanna doesn't want to be a lady but rather a knight and switches places with her brother, Thom, who wishes to be a sorcerer instead of being a knight. Although it didn't sound like the most original story, I still went ahead and gave the book a try.

The writing was very simple, nothing too detailed, and a lot of dialogue. Still, I found myself enjoying Alanna: The First Adventure. It was a very fast and easy read for me and I managed to finish it all in one sitting. I think it's a great book to get children into reading. I also believe older readers would enjoy the book as a light read.

The story and the world might not have been anything I haven't already seen, but I still appreciated the time Pierce spent on her characters and introducing us to the world. The book starts off when Alanna is ten and goes on until she is fourteen. Obviously, we saw a great deal of Alanna growing up. I'm guessing we'll continue to see her growth throughout the rest of the series, as it is mentioned that in order to get knighted, one must go through a trial when they reach the age of eighteen.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing more of Alanna and her growth as a character. This is a wonderful book to get kids into reading and a fun quick read for those that love fantasy or just YA/Middle Grade books in general. Now I just need to get my hands on the second book in the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most awesome book ever! June 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would know that there are many good books out there. But there is one that rules above them all. When Alanna first hatches a plan to switch places with her twin brother, she has no idea what's coming her way. They decide that she, a girl, will go to be a knight, while her brother learns to be a sorcerer. The plan is put into action secretly, and all seems to go according to plan. But when Alanna arrives at the castle training school, she realizes that it's no piece of cake. Her muscles ache, her head throbbs, and she has piles of homework, but she toughs through it, her ambition to be the first woman knight never stifled. Some try to squash her, while others cheer her on. With the help of her friends, who, along with the rest of the world, still have no idea she's a girl, she keeps trying her best.As she slowly morphs into a knight, visions of dark towers begin to haunt her dreams. What does this mean? Why is this happening? Alanna doesn't know, but she means to find out.
This amazing action, adventure, fantasy and romance will draw you in for the time of your life. Struggle along with Alanna as she juggles friends, knighthood, love, school, and her crazy visions. One of the main reasons I loved this book was because it captures you, and you can't stop reading. The time it takes to turn the page is to long, and SSR is to short. So if you want super action, suspense, and adventure, read this rockin' book! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars T''was Okay...I suppose May 20 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It was an alright book, for a bit of light reading. I'm twelve and I like fantasy novels, but this one didn't really do what it could have done. It had a lot of potential, but hasn't done anything about it. Hopefully the 2nd, 3rd and if I could be bothered by then 4th book will have more of a storyline. I would DEFINATELY reccomend this book if you are prepared to read the other books in the series before you get a storyline. So, really, it was a great introductory book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!! Dec 29 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Alanna of Tortall and her twin brother Thom are about to be sent to school. Because he is a boy, Thom will be trained as a knight. As a girl, Alanna is expected to study at the convent. However, Thom would rather learn sorcery, and Alanna dreams of fighting for the king.

So Alanna chops off her hair and switches places with her brother. She travels to the palace of King Roald, where she will be trained as a knight.

But how can she hold her own against the dark and powerful Duke Roger, who is strangely suspicious of her? And how long can she lie to her friends, who now include both the crown prince and the prince of thieves?

This is book 1 in the "Song of the Lioness" quartet (Book 2: In the Hand of the Goddess; Book 3: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man; Book 4: Lioness Rampant).

Pierce is a master of fantasy, and this is one of my favourite series ever. It's excellent!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Fav Fantasy April 7 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was one of the first fantasy novels I had ever read, I think I first picked it up when I was 12ish. I fell in love with all of the characters. I still love reading this book even though I am now 24. I love the strong female characters that Tamora Pierce writes about, and even though it does have a female lead I still think that guys would enjoy these adventures too, there is enough action to keep anyone all ages entertained. It's an easy read, and fairly short, the books do get longer as they go, and if you continue to read novels set in Tamora Pierce's Tortall her books get longer and even more adventure packed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love those books!
Hey!I LOVE Tamora Peirce's books!I have 12 of them i just finished The Song of The Lioness quartet!They were VERY good! Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2008 by Nancy Martel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This book is the first in a quartet. The story follows the life of a young woman named Alanna who switches places with her twin Thom, to learn to become a knight of Tortall. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2005 by Adrianna C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic!
I read this book late in highschool as a distraction from my studies. After finishing it, I read the rest of the series as well as some other (though not as great) series by Tamora... Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2005 by Lin Snow
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This is the best fantasy book I have ever read, I read it for the very first time about six years ago and I still love it! Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2004 by Katt
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 reivews by three 5th grade girls
AC says: "Ok book. Too slow, too much detail. I like the story of the book but don't like how the author wrote it"
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Published on July 5 2004 by L. Walmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
The Lioness Quartet is one of the best series of books I have ever read. It goes on my "special bookshelf" with Harry Potter, Gone With the Wind, and Pride and Prejudice. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by S. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive at any age!
I first read this book when I was in 6th grade, and I re-read it several months ago, and it's just as good now as it was then! I'm still impressed with how well written it was. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is one of my all time favourite books it is one of those books that i can read and re-read over and over again. At the last count i had read this book 11 times. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Amy Brown
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