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Song of the Lioness #01: Alanna: The First Adventure

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Becoming a legend is not easy, as young Alanna of Trebond discovers when she disguises herself as a boy and begins training to be a knight. Alanna's skills and stubborness help her befriend Prince Jonathan and alienate his evil uncle, Duke Roger. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, this book is a rousing introduction to the intensely satisfying story of Alanna.


"A lively, fascinating tale." Booklist

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 Alanna’s 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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ladygracecavendish, October 18, 2006 (view all comments by ladygracecavendish)
This book has taught me soooo much that I will never forget it. I couldn't choose between the four books so I did a report on them all. I love this series and there's no way my kids won't either in a couple of years. I love you Tamora Pierce! :)
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crowyhead, September 15, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
A warm, strong adventure with great characters and an exciting plot. It reads a little "younger" than some of the other Pierce novels I've read, but I really enjoyed it.
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Product Details

Pierce, Tamora
Random House
New York :
Girls & Women
Action & Adventure
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Sex role
Fantasy fiction
Knights and knighthood
Sex role -- Fiction.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Song of the Lioness (Paperback)
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
October 1989
Mass Market Paperbou
7.08x4.22x.66 in. .26 lbs.
Age Level:

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Song of the Lioness #01: Alanna: The First Adventure
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