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Page: Book 2 of the Protector of the Small Quartet Paperback – August 24, 2004
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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 the Library Binding edition.
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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.Read more ›
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This was my favorite series growing up. I read it countless times. Unlike May books read in childhood, it truly stands the test of time.Published 24 days ago by Rachel Blake
My eleven year old daughter loves the Tamora Pierce books. She is reading each and every one, and while she waits to get the next one, she re-reads those she has. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Jones
Another great read by Pierce. She never disappoints. I always love her complex heroines and the feminist male supporting characters.Published 6 months ago by Benjamin Pyle
This was one of my favorite books in elementary and junior high school. Kel trains to become a knight despite the prejudices of her contemporaries, who claim that girls are not... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Kel proves she was the best page of the group, maybe ever. "Would that you had been a boy", is that supposed to be a compliment?Published 9 months ago by Ktrekker