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Alanna - Die schwarze Stadt by Tamora Pierce
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Title:Alanna - Die schwarze Stadt
Authors:Tamora Pierce
Other authors:Gabriele Blum (Narrator)
Info:Audiolino (2006), Audio CD, 4 pages
Collections:Your library, Read (all), Audiobooks
Tags:abridged, audiobook, fantasy, ed-german, high-fantasy, owned, read-2007, young-adult, listened, double-editions, oldies

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Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (1983)

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    jfoster_sf: This is another fun fantasy with a strong female character who refuses to conform.
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Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce is the first of the Song of the Lioness series. Alanna, dissatisfied with the life of a young lady, decides to change her destiny. She takes on the name Alan of Trebond so she can learn how to be a knight.

She and her fraternal twin (how convenient!) trade places. He sneaks off to be a wizard and she goes in his place to be a knight in training. She has to put up with hazing, keeps up with her studies, and push herself physically.

It made a nice distracting read on a long series of BART rides. If I were a tween, I probably would have eaten this book up and jumped into the next of the series. As an adult, though, I'm still contemplating continuing through the series. ( )
  pussreboots | Jun 8, 2015 |
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 |
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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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