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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) (Paperback)

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In the fantasy world of Tortall, only men can train as knights. But one of the new knights-in-training, Alan, has a secret–she’s actually a girl named Alanna, and she will have to fight to earn her place amongst her peers and keep her identity a secret. I grew up reading Pierce’s novels, and The First Adventure is her at her best: a charismatic, impactful coming-of-age story with plenty of fantasy action that doesn’t shy away from challenging inequality and discrimination in all its forms. ~Scott

— From Scott


From Tamora Pierce, the first book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.”

In a time when girls are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be a knight of the realm of Tortall. So she finds a way to switch places with her twin brother, Thom. Disguised as a boy, Alanna begins her training as a page at the palace of King Roald. But the road to knighthood, as she discovers, is not an easy one. Alanna must master weapons, combat, and magic, as well as polite behavior, her temper, and even her own heart.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins—one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.

About the Author

Beloved author Tamora Pierce has written a great number of books, including the Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, the Circle of Magic quartet, the Protector of the Small quartet, The Circle Opens quartet, the Trickster series, The Will of the EmpressMelting Stones, the Beka Cooper series, and The Numair Chronicles. She lives in upstate New York with various cats, other four-legged animals, and birds who feed in her yard, and can be e-visited at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781442426412
ISBN-10: 1442426411
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 7th, 2010
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Song of the Lioness