Book Review: Alanna: The First Adventure

This is one of the best books with a strong female protagonist. The first book could easily be for younger teens, but the others in the series is geared toward the older teen.

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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)

Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Song of the Lioness, Book One
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: Jan 1983
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 274
Buy: The Book Depository

Book Description: 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. Though a girl, 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 to learn magic; 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…

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Published by: Paula Williams

Paula Williams is an English teacher whose experience with teenagers informs her work. When she's not reading and writing fantasy books, you might find her published in literary journals--including the acclaimed Del Sol Review--editing author manuscripts, teaching writing conferences, or tutoring disadvantaged kids in Oklahoma City.

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