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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Protector of the Small (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; English Language edition (August 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375829075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375829079
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

As the only female page in history to last beyond the first year of formal training to become a knight, 11-year-old Keladry of Mindelan has an uphill battle to fight. In addition to proving herself worthy of being a page, Kel spends her time defending first-year pages from bullies, staying on top of homework, conquering her paralyzing fear of heights, and keeping up with Lord Wyldon's grueling physical training schedule. Kel's detractors do everything in their power to thwart her progress, from tormenting her friends to sabotaging the Midwinter Festivities to kidnapping her maid and dog on the day of final examinations. The tide of resistance begins to turn slightly during the summer between Kel's second and third years, when she leads a team of pages in defensive maneuvers against renegade bandits--coincidentally on the same day that she gets her first period!

Tamora Pierce revisits the imaginary Kingdom of Tortall in this sequel to First Test: Protector of the Small. Fans of Pierce's exotic fantasy sequences will be hard-pressed to put either book down. Kel is a valuable role model: she's proud of being a girl, and she never wavers in her conviction that she can do anything a boy can--and usually do it better. Some rather bloody battles as well as discussions about Kel's developing body make this book appropriate for more mature readers. (Ages 10 to 14) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-In this second tour through the fantasy kingdom of Tortall, Keladry begins her second year as the first "official" girl page. She has a new friend, a shy and uncertain maid who has been bullied and possibly molested, whom she helps overcome her fears by teaching her self-defense. Kel and her friends meet new challenges as they continue their training to become knights, face down a pack of raiders, and rescue one of their own from kidnappers. Appearances by familiar characters from the previous book will please fans, but new readers will have no trouble following the story. The plot is engaging and Kel's character growth continues as she deals with puberty, works to overcome her fear of heights, and gains the respect of her peers and teachers. Many books portray girls excelling in traditionally male roles through manipulation and finesse, but Pierce makes Kel sweat for her success through perseverance, hard work, and skill. Readers will appreciate this true example of grrrl power!-Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Tamora Pierce is a bestselling author of fantasy books for teenagers. Her books, known for their teenaged girl warriors and wizards, have received critical acclaim and a strong fanbase.


Tamora Pierce was drawn to books from a young age. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, the child of a "long, proud line of hillbillies," her family never had much. "We were poor, but I didn't know it then. We had a garden where my folks grew fruit and vegetables and our water came from a well," she explains. But one thing they did have was plenty of books. So Tamora read.

A self-proclaimed "geek," she devoured fantasy and science fiction novels, and by the age of 12 was mimicking her literary idols and writing her own action-packed stories. It was thanks to her father that Tamora began writing. "He heard me telling myself stories as I did dishes, and he suggested that I try to write some of them down," Pierce says.

But Tamora's novels had one major difference: unlike the books she was reading, her stories featured teenaged girl warriors. "I couldn't understand this lapse of attention on the part of the writers I loved, so until I could talk them into correcting this small problem, I wrote about those girls, the fearless, bold, athletic creatures that I was not, but wanted so badly to be."

Seventeen years later, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, a brief career in teen social work and some time spent writing for radio, Tamora Pierce held true to her childhood crusade, and published Alanna: The First Adventure, the first in a quartet about a valiant, young, female warrior. Pierce's heroine struck a chord with readers across the country and quickly earned her a loyal following.

Pierce is now a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has written twenty-five books, including her newest, BEKA COOPER #2: Bloodhound. "It's a pretty good life, if I do say so myself. Struggling along as a kid and even through my twenties, it's the kind of life I dreamed of but never believed I would get. Yet here I am, after a lot of work, a lot of worry, a lot of care for details, and a massive chunk of luck, the kind that brought me such strong friends and readers. Pretty good for a hillbilly, yes? And I never take it for granted," she says.

Pierce lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim and their three cats and two birds.


"[Tamora Pierce's heroines] faithfully reiterate an ideal of feminine power that relies on brains, not beauty; of feminine attractiveness that relies on competence, not helplessness; and of feminine alliances that grow stronger, not weaker, in the face of conflicts." -The New York Times


"With its rollicking adventures [and] appealing characters . . . Terrier will be in strong demand by Pierce's fans. It will keep readers on the edge of their seats." -School Library Journal, Starred

"Memorable characters and well-drawn settings. . . . This timely and appealing anthology will surely help swell the ranks of teenage fantasy readers." -School Library Journal

"The plot sweeps readers along in a whirlwind of court intrigue, deception, murder, and romance. The humor is wicked, and the plot twists will keep the pages turning to the supremely satisfying end. Teens will be inspired by Aly's determination, her resourcefulness, and her heart." -School Library Journal

"Aly arrives fully formed, a snarky, talented uber-heroine. Cameos of old favorites complement a rich cast of new characters. Aly's difficulty with the complexity of colonialism adds surprising, welcome depth." -Kirkus Reviews

"Unrelentingly realistic in its depiction of the horrors of war, this novel draws the reader into a complete and believable fantasy world. Pierce provides exquisite details of the weaponry, topography, and culture of her world, and her control of a voluminous cast of characters is masterful." -Voice of Youth Advocates

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Customer Reviews

Page is the second book in the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce.
Loren Weaver
All of her books really put you into the stories and make you feel as though you know the characters personally.
Although prepared for a general and young audience, this book is best recommended for girls 12 and over.
J. Mosing

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Sheila L. Beaumont VINE VOICE on June 13, 2000
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Since I gave "First Test" 5 stars, I really need 6 for this one. It's even better! The second book in the Protector of the Small series, "Page" covers Keladry's last three years as a page in knighthood-training school. We meet several new characters: Lalasa, Kel's maid, whom Kel hires in order to protect her from ill treatment by others; Owen, the young page whose favorite word is "jolly"; and a new animal friend (in addition to Kel's cranky yet loyal horse, Peachblossom, and her helpful flock of sparrows), the faithful dog Jump. Kel continues to stand up to bullies and works to conquer her fear of heights. Her mysterious benefactor bestows more gifts on her. Keladry of Mindelan is an admirable and likable heroine, and in this book she shows her courage, resourcefulness and leadership ability. If you haven't read the two previous Tortallan series, The Song of the Lioness Quartet and The Immortals, don't delay! These are all well-written, exciting, fun fantasies that can be enjoyed by both young readers and grown-ups.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although this book was a LITTLE all over the place, year wise, it was WONDERFUL! it tells of Kel's remaining years as a Page -- and what she has to STILL deal with. It was wonderful. I must admit I was always a kinda Neal+Kel person (like i wanted them to be together sometime in the future)... i'm not as much anymore. Cleon is really sweet to her (as you'll see when you read this book!) And JOREN'S surprising turn of events? I wasn't expecting that! Well, it's a REALLY good book and i'd suggest it to anyone!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2000
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Page is better than First Test. Daine is featured a little more prominently for all you Immortals fans and the pace here is more comfortable than in First Test. Kel is becoming a really interesting character, and I can't wait for the next book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
~*~ Well,all of you know the first book : Forst Test was great, but this was even better! Well... in Page, Kel grows not only into her body but also her feelings. She starts having these strange yet (to her) unexplainable feelings and emotions toward Neal (which i am saying FINALLY, Kel... what took you so long) =) Even so, Nealy doesn't notice =( and thinks of her as the greatest friend he has, and insted falls in love with others besides Daine... like Kel's SISTER! Kel hides her jealousy well but you can tell she's fighting hard to keep those strange and new feelings under control. *Sigh* I guess i am TOTALLY into the maybe in the future neal/kel relationship... going on, Cleon as we find out has a special reason to those flowery names he calls her cuz he has a crush on her... and i hate to admit it but he is sweet and kind to her. It also involves embarrassing moments for Kel such as when the boys are staring and making comments about her slightly grown breasts. *sigh* guys will never learn! the book also has slight talk about very light rape, and harassment. I think that Joren likes her since he's nicer to her, and was discussing marraige to her (no he DID NOT propose) and how she would be pretty if she lost some weight... <open mouth, insert foot>, and want to be friends. She said she wouldn't want to marry anyways, but thinks secretly that if NEAL asked her she would say yes... but dismisses the issue in her mind. It still has the normal adventure and stuff with page turners so don't worry! It;s a must read! Starry wishes, ~*~*~*~* Tiffani*~*~*~*~* p.s i know you know that i am not one years old! =)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Keladry of Mindelin (or "Kel" to her friends ) has completed her first year of training to be a knight, and conquered the unfair probation that the training-master Wyldon inflicted on her. Now she hopes she can finally get on with her life-long dream of following in Lady-Knight Alanna's footsteps, and take the next step in becoming a knight of Tortall.

But things are never as easy as that, and there are still those among her who are determined to see her fail. Yet, as in her first year, Kel is helped by old friends Neal, Merric, Owen, Cleon and Prince Roald, her stallion Peachblossom and the flock of friendly sparrows outside her window. As well as this are two new allies; the timid maid Lalasa whom Kel takes into her employment, and Jump the mongrel who has `adopted' Kel as his own. When the year starts the work begins, along with page-duties of serving the court, summer camps in the wilderness, skirmishes with bandits and the dreaded end-of-year exam. Should Kel fail, then she'll have to repeat her entire training...and it's the perfect opportunity for her enemies to sabotage her chances...

"Page" is thicker, deeper and altogether better than its predecessor "First Test". Kel seems a bit more relaxed this time around, but still has her trademark qualities of calmness, loyalty, stoicism and her fear of heights - as I share this phobia I could certainly relate to her terror.

There are some components of the book that make it more appropriate for slightly older readers; such as Kel's developing body and some allusions to sex which are mostly used in rather negative ways (Kel's virtue is questioned and Lalasa is assaulted), as well as some blood and gore on the battle field.
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