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Protector of the Small: First Test / Page / Squire / Lady Knight Hardcover – 2004

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  • Hardcover: 791 pages
  • Publisher: SFBC; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739446983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739446980
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DRob VINE VOICE on February 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful fantasy series, with this particular group of books focusing on Keladry of Mindelen, who aspires to be a knight of Tortall. This shouldn't be a problem since it has been ten years since the kingdom proclaimed that girls could enter knight training, however, Kel is the first girl to actually do so.

Each book takes us through a year of Kel's training, from probationary page up through knighthood. During the first book, Kel has to contend with the hostility of the other trainees and the instructors who object to her simply because she is a girl. Kel has to be as good as, or better than her classmates to prove that she is entitled to the training.

However, Kel gradually wins respect from the other students, and from the trainers. She also has a mysterious benefactor who sends her expensive gifts that assist her in her training, and she discovers in herself a gift for communicating with small creatures.

Kel also gains admiration and respect for her courage and for her protection of those who cannot protect themselves. Her strength of character and her willingness to not give up on those under her protection make her an admirable character, and a good role model for young adults.

This series of books is admirable in producing a series of strong female role models for girls to read about and emulate. Keladry of Mindelen is another good, strong character, and this group of books in the series is a "can't put it down" type of read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Katie on December 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am reading this series for the third time right now. They are great! I love them. Tamora Pierce books are so great!! She is my favorite author!!

In this book: It has been 10 years since it was allowed for girls to become knights, and the first KNOWN girl page in over a century is Keladry of Mindelan, the Protector of the Small. Kel used to live in the Yamani Isles, and learned some forms of fighting there. Her mother and father helped secure an alliance between the Yamani Isles and Tortall. Kel is the 4th child in her family to become a Tortallan knight (her three older brothers have already been knighted.). Kel finds out that it takes a lot to prove that she is as good, or better than the boys when they refuse to except her. 4 thrilling tales of the hard life of a probationary page, a page, a squire, and a young knight.

For more thrilling tales of Tortall women heroes read the other Tortall boooks by Tamora Pierce (They are in this order):

1. The Song of the Lioness Quartet (Alanna: the First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman who Rides like a Man, & Lioness Rampant.)-About Alanna of Trebond, the first woman knight in a century.

2. The Immortals series (Wild Magic, Wolf Speaker, Emporer Mage, & In the realms of the Gods)-About Veralidaine Sarrasri (Daine), the wild mage

3. Protector of the Small (First Test, Page, Squire, & Lady Knight)-about Keladry of Mindelan (Kel), the first KNOWN woman knight in over a century

4. Daughter of the Lioness (Trickster's Choice & Trickster's Queen)-about Alianne of Pirate's Swoop (Ali), a spy who is the daughter of Alanna
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paige E. Steadman on August 31, 2011
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I was so glad to find a 4-in-one collection of these books. This is a fantastic coming-of-age tale. A young girl decides she does not like bullying, and she will do whatever it takes to make a stand against it, including becoming a knight in a land where female knights are still not completely accepted.
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Negative first: A seller issue, not a book issue. I expected some wear when buying a used book listed in very good condition, however, the dust jacket was torn and badly wrinkled in three separate places - these were not small tears.

That out of the way, I don't think I can say enough good things about this series.

Not every little girl dreams about being a princess who is wooed and rescued by Prince Charming. Some little girls - like me, like my daughters - would rather do the rescuing. In the Protector of the Small series, Keladry doesn't have to hide her gender to pursue her dreams and she proves to be as good or better than any of the boys she trains with - but she isn't magically better than anyone, she has to work harder - both physically and inter-personally - to achieve her goals. The series addresses the prejudices against women in non-traditional roles without making the obstacles seem insurmountable. Woven through this is the theme of responsibility for those who need what you have to give and an obligation to defend those who cannot defend themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Tarrant on November 19, 2013
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One of my favorite sets. I like them all together in one book. Looks great and fulfills MY needs. Arrived quickly. Thanks
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