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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2005
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, this series is about a ten yr old girl named Alanna and her twin brother Thom who are being sent away to be educated. Thom is meant to become a knight and Alanna to go to a convent school. Neither twin is happy with the situation so they forge new letters of introduction from their father and Thom goes off to the convent/monastery to learn to become a Mage and Alanna is disguised as "Alan" and goes to the castle to become a knight.
The books follow her adventures while at school then after she is ordained and they are so engaging and wonderful with many memorable characters not to mention a strong female role model. I reccommend this series to anyone, but most especially anyone with a ten yr old daughter who might fall in love with these books the way I did.
Recommendation: This should probably mainly be read by kids/young adults. While I have known people who read them only when they were older, they generally only ever liked the books, not loved them. As I re-read them now, I do notice the lack of development in the writing style and story lines - but I still love them, because I have loved them for a long time. They are generally appropriate for middle school students.
--Note that I say "middle school", because there is some confusion about menstrual cycles and sex. Nothing is very explicit, and all of it is done in a very naive sort of way, since Alanna doesn't understand much about womanly things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read the Alanna series at seven years old. Unfortunately the writing hasn't aged terribly well, as Pierce's prose has matured quite a bit over the years, but it's... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Surya
I absolutely love these books, they all have interesting details and I never get tired of reading them. I've read the entire series a dozen times, and still don't get tired of it.Published 4 days ago by Katie C.
Couldn't even finish it, just not my kind of book. However, that doesn't mean others won't love it.Published 1 month ago by D
No matter how many times I re-read this book it never ceases to be good. I've re-read it countless times since I was twelve and now as a twenty-four year old can't wait to read it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Malia
It wasn’t until I finished the first one that I remembered how much I LOVED this series. It’s a mixture of action and adventure, courage and bravery, romance and heartbreak. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SHegyes
I enjoy Tamora Pierce's fantasy, and Alanna: The First Adventure did not disappoint. The only disappointment is how quickly I reached the end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah J Faulkner
This was the first series I read by Tamora Pierce and it hooked me. The story is fast paced and Alanna is an instantly loveable character who gets into all kinds of trouble on her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katrina Ariel
I didn't think I would like this book very much since the main character starts out as only ten years old, but I actually really liked it! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cinder89