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Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
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Title:Alanna: The First Adventure
Authors:Tamora Pierce
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (1989), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
Collections:Your library, Reviewed, Amazon
Tags:series: tortall, series: song of the lioness, book 01, genre: fantasy, knights, magic, series, read 2007, strong women, read 2010, read 2012, signed, read 2013

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Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (1983)

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Didn't even mind that they spelt my name wrong. ( )
  Stuckey_Bowl | Mar 23, 2015 |
In this age of Twilight and other vampire love stories, I mostly just wish I could convince the teen girls of our society (and some of the boys) to invest their time into Tamora Pierce. She writes books for teen girls that have strong, capable, independent, powerful female leads. Yes, there is romance in their lives, but never at the cost of sacrificing their own independence and mind.

I could seriously write odes to Tamora Pierce. I recommend, in particular, the Alanna quartet and the Wild Magic quartet. The Wild Magic quartet is dear to me, simply for containing one of my favourite relationship tropes, but both are A in my opinion. ( )
  dukedukegoose | Jan 26, 2015 |
Alanna and her twin, Thom, switch places when their father sends them away: Thom goes to study to become a sorcerer, and Alanna - passing as Alan - studies to become a knight. She keeps her gender a secret, makes friends with princes and thieves alike, defeats a bully, and uses her Gift for healing.

I missed reading this in childhood/adolescence, but I'd heard so many good things about it, and all the good things were justified. I think I'll have to read the rest of the Song of the Lioness quartet.


"It's harder to heal than it is to kill." (Maude to Alanna, 11)

There were real advantages to having a father who didn't care what she did.
But if the advantages were so wonderful, why did she feel like crying? (67)

Alanna's world was governed by rules, with a rule to cover every situation...Once you know the rules...life is pretty simple. (102)

"A knight must develop ALL his abilities, to the fullest. And evil is often armed with sorcery." (the king to Alanna, 123)

"Lass, ye've got to accept who ye are," he protested. "Ye can be a woman and still be a warrior." (Coram to Alanna, 135)

"...but not all the monsters you meet are dragon shaped." (George to Alanna, 213)

"Some...say we have many legends because we possess little else." (Ali Mukhtab to Alanna, Jonathan, Raoul, and Alex, 242-243) ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 12, 2015 |
Short, it skipped in time with little warning. ( )
  cmlasky | Oct 20, 2014 |
One of my favourite childhood reads, although this is very much a children's book and doesn't really stand up to adult reading.

However, I can't escape my abiding love for its strong, stubborn, honourable heroine and her determination to pursue her dreams regardless of the challenges. A few shaky bits of prose aside, it's fast-paced and gloriously single-minded in letting its heroine overcome her challenges on her own. She may need to learn to ask for help, but she doesn't need rescuing. It's definitely simplistic (it's a children's book - it's allowed to be) - and while the Sweating Fever sequence retains its power, Alanna's adventures in Olau and Persopolis feel a little too easy to me now, without any real question of her survival. The real joy for me though is in Alanna's steadfast refusal to give in to the more mundane challenges of bullying, mathematics and swordcraft, repeatedly knuckling down and finding ways to achieve her goals.

Not perfect, but still a great book for a younger reader (my 7 year old self would have given it 5 stars). ( )
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A young woman disguises herself as a boy in order to be trained as a knight. 
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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

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Fantasy. De 10-?arige tvillinger Alanna og Thom er b?rn af en lensherre i landet Tortall. De har magiske evner og hvirvles ind i dramatiske begivenheder, da de trodser deres traditionsbestemte opdragelse.

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