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First Test

eBook - 1999
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Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight. When Alanna became the King's Champion, it was decided that girls would henceforth be allowed to train for the knighthood. But ten years have passed, and no girls have come forward. Now, however, someone is about to change all that. Her name is Kel. In this first book in a new series from popular children's fantasy writer Tamora Pierce, we are introduced to a strong, adventurous new heroine who will win the hearts and minds of fantasy fans.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1999
ISBN: 9780307433350
0307433358
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 156 p. :,map
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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QueenOfLife
Mar 04, 2017

ohmigod, i have to say...i loved this book!!! i love how alanna (from song of the lioness quartet) is mentioned!!! i love when books have a female main character!!! most of all, i recently started reading tamora's books and I LOVE her!!

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Tess1144
Sep 23, 2016

The first Protector of the Small book tells of Kel's fight to become an accepted and equally-treated first-year page. Pierce places Kel in a position that many women currently find themselves in: whilst the laws may have been changed to favour gender equality, the reality of entering into a traditionally male domain presents many hurdles. Kel is accepted into the royal page program, however is placed on probation for the first year. Keladry hates bullies, and after realizing that Joren of Stone Mountain and his friends were bullying first year pages, defied tradition and started patrolling the halls, fighting the boys whenever she found them hurting others. Nealan, (Neal), one of the oldest page in the history of pages, becomes her best friend as well as her sponsor, and the other first-year pages gradually accept her as she defends them from the bullies. The first in a quartet (Page, Squire and Lady Knight), Kel’s story will stay with you.

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PamelaMemmott
Feb 06, 2014

It is a good book, but I didn't feel as attached to the protagonist as with the 'Song of the Lioness' quartet.

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chaya311
May 22, 2013

Probably my favorite series from Pierce, this has a strong, female character that everyone can enjoy.

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lexikeeler
Aug 20, 2012

Strong female protagonist. Love her inner dialogue. "Girl pursuing male-dominated activity" is not a new story, but Kel's story doesn't feel tired or overdone. Recommend for middle grade readers (8 or 9+).

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sylas
Aug 08, 2012

A great read for young adults!

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lilyofthevalley3
Dec 31, 2011

Protector of the Small is such a great series. I read the series as an adult and truly enjoyed it. The main character is strong both mentally and physically and she is a a true friend. If you're hesitating reading the series because of the dorky cover - don't! Read it, you won't be disappointed.

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avijay
Sep 30, 2011

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Gaia
Aug 25, 2011

Good series for teens. Loved it when I first read it. The female character's a little cliche but the plot and the supporting characters made it worth the read.

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CrazyAlice
Sep 13, 2010

Had me cheering the whole way through: GO KEL Go!

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Aug 20, 2012

lexikeeler thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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bookKITTY
Jun 27, 2011

bookKITTY thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Jun 14, 2011

White_Eagle_eye thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Momto3bs
Jun 06, 2014

Other: Amazing quartet.

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