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Tamora Pierce returns to the land of Tortall with a heroine who refuses to quit in this first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Protector of the Small series.

Ten years after knighthood training was opened to both males and females, no girl has been brave enough to try. But knighthood is Keladry's one true desire, and so she steps forward to put herself to the test.

Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces one roadblock that seems insurmountable: Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He is absolutely against girls becoming knights. So while he is forced to train her, Wyldon puts her on a probationary trial period that no male page has ever had to endure. Further set apart from her fellow trainees, Kel's path to knighthood is now that much harder. But she is determined to try, and she's making friends in the most unlikely places. One thing is for sure, Kel is not a girl to underestimate.

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In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood.

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Keladry (known as Kel) is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits girls to train for the knighthood. The only thing that can stop her is Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He does not think girls should be knights and puts her on probation for one year. It is a trial period that no male page has to endure and one that separates the friendly Kel even more from her fellow trainees. But Kel is not someone to underestimate. . . .

About the Author

In the sixth grade, Tamora Pierce was encouraged by her father to start writing and she immediately got hooked. Once she discovered fantasy and science fiction, she tried to write the same kind of stories she read, only with teenaged girl heroines who were usually missing from the 1960s stories.

Before her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied psychology, Pierce rediscovered writing when she wrote her first original short story since tenth grade. She sold her first story a year later and then enrolled in a fiction writing course during her senior year. When her teacher suggested that she tackle a novel, her childhood ideas came back to her and she began her first sword and sorcery novel.

Pierce then worked as a housemother in an Idaho group home for teenaged girls, who loved hearing Alannas story from the in-progress quartet, Song of the Lioness. As Pierce continued to write and send out manuscripts, she moved to Manhattan to get her publishing career off the ground.

Pierce still lives in Manhattan with her husband, writer/filmmaker Tim, and their three cats, two parakeets, plus a floating population of rescued wildlife. She enjoys her hectic life as a full-time writer and she hopes that her books leave her readers with the feeling that they can achieve anything if they want it badly enough.

Tamora Pierce is a popular author of fantasy books for teenagers. In her latest quartet, Protector of the Small, readers follow heroine Kel as she rigorously trains for the knighthood.

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Alexandria Rhiner, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by Alexandria Rhiner)
This is a fantastic book about the next girl to try for being a knight. Loved it!
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emmejo, July 9, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Anyone who has not read Tamora Pierce's Tortall stories needs to read at least one. She is a brilliant author and has created a wonderful world in which to set her books.

Keladry (Kel for short) is the first girl to try and become a knight since the king decreed that girls were allowed to try. She is determined and brave, but many of the boys she is learning with are certain that no girl can ever become a true knight.

The writing is good, characters interesting and fresh, plot consistent and without holes, what more could you want? Those fully wishing to dive into the world of Tortall may want to start with The Song of the Lioness series, but you can start here if you wish.
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brookemiddle55, October 9, 2007 (view all comments by brookemiddle55)
Keladry is a young girl who is not interested in learning how to sit in a chair like a lady.She wants to become a knight like her brothers and idol Alanna. But she is on a year probation to see if she can prove herself. This is one of the best books I have read I would recommend it to young teenagers and adults.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679889175
Subtitle:
Book 1 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
Author:
Pierce, Tamora
Publisher:
Laurel Leaf
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Juvenile fiction
Subject:
Knights and knighthood
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Knights and knighthood -- Fiction.
Subject:
Historical - Medieval
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Protector of the Small Paperback
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20000523
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 11
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
6.90x4.21x.73 in. .28 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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"Synopsis" by , In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood.
"Synopsis" by , Keladry (known as Kel) is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits girls to train for the knighthood. The only thing that can stop her is Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He does not think girls should be knights and puts her on probation for one year. It is a trial period that no male page has to endure and one that separates the friendly Kel even more from her fellow trainees. But Kel is not someone to underestimate. . . .
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