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Alanna: The First Adventure
Book 1 of the Song of the Lioness Quartet
By Tamora Pierce
I can still remember exactly which book it was that sparked my love of reading. I was in the fifth grade, it was Christmas morning, and I was opening my presents by the tree. I ripped the paper off my last gift and looked down incredulously at a book. I remember reading the cover of Alanna the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce and telling my poor mother and father that it was the worst present ever. My parents begged me to give it a try– and I promised I would, if only to show them how much I was NOT going to like that book. I made a great show of sitting in bed that night and grimacing as I read the first pages…and that was the first night I stayed up all night to finish a book. How could I NOT love a book about a young, magically gifted girl who disguises her self as a boy to become a knight. She defeats bullies, her own shortcomings, and ancient beings to protect her friend and her county. It was to me, what Harry Potter was to so many others. My parents were thrilled I love the book…until I made them go out the next day to buy In the Hand of the Goddess, the next book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet. Hundreds of books, thousands of dollars, and one English Major later, I wonder if they ever regret the monster they created that Christmas.
Every year, I reread that series– and all the other books by Tamora Pierce, who has been one of my favorite authors ever since.