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TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. Her books have been translated into many languages, and some are available on audio from Listening Library and Full Cast Audio. In 2013, she won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at TamoraPierce.com and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.
Gr 5-8-Though Keladry has the courage and determination necessary to be a page, she's the only female among the teens and tweens training to become knights in this novel (Random, 2000) by Tamora Pierce. Mixing magic and medieval settings, the author continues the series begun with First Test (Random, 1999). Her year is off to a busy start when she unexpectedly adds a stray dog and a timorous maid to her list of responsibilities. Both prove loyal and caring as do her friends. The young noblewoman is not afraid to challenge her taunters when they harass her or haze first year students. After a brawl gets them all in trouble, practice with swords, axes, and spears keep them all too tired to rekindle the fight. Over the next three years, serving at the midwinter feast teaches courtly manners and summer treks develop tactical skills. When Keladry and several friends are attacked, she shows her leadership gifts and saves the group from almost certain death or capture. Keladry grows into a young woman now drawn romantically to old friend Neal. On the day of the final page test, Keladry's maid and dog are kidnapped and choosing to rescue them displays her inner strength. Bernadette Dunne narrates with smooth assurance, giving even minor characters distinctive voices. While there's enough adventure here for guys, Keladry's concerns about getting her period and developing a feminine physique make Page appealing to girls facing the same issues.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us." --HOLLY BLACK, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence--I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay--as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words." --MARIE LU, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce is a seminal figure in the fantasy field of writing, turning out one terrific book after another." --TERRY BROOKS, New York Times bestselling author of the Sword of Shannara trilogy "It's impossible to overstate Tamora Pierce's impact on children's literature. Her tough, wise, and wonderful heroines have inspired generations of readers." --RAE CARSON, New York Times bestselling author "In the world of YA fantasy, there's before Tamora Pierce, and then after her female heroes started kicking down the doors (and walls, and other barriers)!" --BRUCE COVILLE, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce is a trailblazer for so many fantasy writers, hacking through the old tropes with her narrative machete and showing us that girl-centered adventures are not just possible but amazing." --RACHEL HARTMAN, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce's writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshingly clear, invigorating, and revitalizing river." --GARTH NIX, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce is gloriously unafraid to give her readers joy and laughter along with adventure and struggle, to let us love her characters wholeheartedly and find the best of ourselves in them." --NAOMI NOVIK, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce and her brilliant heroines didn't just break down barriers; they smashed them with magical fire." --KATHERINE ARDEN, author of The Bear and the Nightingale "Tamora Pierce's bold, courageous heroines illuminate the journey to womanhood." --CALLIE BATES, author of The Waking Land "Tamora Pierce is the queen of YA fantasy, and we are all happy subjects in her court." --JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning "Tamora Pierce's novels gave me a different way of seeing the world. They were like nothing I'd encountered before. Alanna stormed her way into my thirteen-year-old heart and told me that I could write gorgeous, complicated novels about vibrantly real people in fantastic situations, and to be honest, she's never left." --ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON, award-winning author of Love Is the Drug