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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr 5-8-Actress Trini Alvarado, known for her roles in such films as Little Women and Paulie: A Parrot's Tale, superbly narrates this unabridged audio version of Alanna: The First Adventure (Atheneum, 1983), the first book in the popular The Song of the Lioness quartet. Tamora Pierce's story of Alanna, a girl of noble birth who disguises herself as a boy in order to become a knight, is a spirited fantasy/adventure that is only made more captivating by Alvarado's lively performance. Alvarado brings Alanna's determined, yet at times insecure character to life. By utilizing several accents, she deftly distinguishes the many supporting characters from one another. The quality of the audio is clear, and the reading is well paced. Pairing Alvarado's vocal talents with Pierce's well written and engaging story makes this a quality audiobook worthy of inclusion in any audio collection.-Lori Craft, Downers Grove Public Library, IL
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Song of the Lioness is one of my all-time favorite series. It is one of my staple comfort reads, and I re-read it at least once or twice a year. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kris
Great series by Tamora Pierce. My sister was the one who introduced me to this a number of years ago and I still love to reread it.Published 1 month ago by Kylee Hall
I absolutely loved this book. The reading level is fairly young, probably middle school or below, but the story is an amazing adventure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rose Mason
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon.com. Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Cosy Dragon (Rose Herbert)
All in all, I really liked this book, even if it felt more middle grade than YA. The major pluses are the plot and Alanna herself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alicia N.
I came to the Alannah books after reading the "Protector of the Small" series. I didn't like this series nearly as much. Read morePublished 3 months ago by leila
Highly entertaining and we'll written. Tamara Pierce is a wonderful author.Published 3 months ago by tiger357