Alanna: The First Adventure

Author Pierce, Tamora
Language English
Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster $8.99., 2010




Annotation:

Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure. "From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight." And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins -- one that will leard to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land. Alanna's journey continues.



Subjects :

  • Sex role
  • Alanna (Fictitious character : Pierce
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Alanna (Fictitious character : Pierce)
  • Fiction
  • Knights and knighthood
  • Middle Ages
  • Historical fiction

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Isinglass Teen Read Award, 2002-2003; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award, 1988-1989; Nominee Iowa
  • Voice of Youth Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Illinois

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0689853238
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (New York:) 2002.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 13


0679801146
Knopf/Borzoi Sprinters () 1989.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader Points 7

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 690
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 13


0689878559
Simon Pulse (New York:) 2005.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader Points 7

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 13

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Reviews :

Paula McMillen, Ph.D. (Children's Literature)
Alanna and Thom are 10-year-old, red-haired, violet-eyed twins being sent from their father’s home to a convent and the king’s palace, respectively. Such is the typical fate of most noble’s children--girls to learn marriageable skills and boys to become knights. But Alanna and Thom are not ordinary children. Their fledgling skills in magic have been fostered by the local healer, Maude, and their father’s sergeant-at-arms, Coram, has schooled them both in fighting. Alanna wants nothing more than to become a knight and Thom wants to become a sorcerer, so with collusion from Maude, Alanna cuts her hair, dresses as a boy and heads to the palace, while Thom goes off to learn more magic at the City of the Gods. Alanna makes an enemy of the palace bully the first day by standing up for herself, but she also wins some influential friends, including the heir to the throne, Jonathan. With fighting lessons from Coram and from the King of the Thieves in the city, she develops the skills that eventually allow her to take the bully on and win. Although this is a familiar premise--a girl disguising herself as a boy to gain freedoms otherwise forbidden her--author Pierce nevertheless creates a fresh, complex and engaging protagonist. Alanna shows great perseverance in the physical and mental tasks that are put to her during training and the book climaxes when she and Jonathan team up to defeat some ancient and evil magic. There are plenty of hints that more adventures are to come in the remaining books of the “Song of the Lioness Quartet” and readers will assuredly want to read all about them. 2010 (orig. 1983), Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster, $8.99. Ages 12 up.
(PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster $8.99., PUBLISHED: 2010 (orig. 1983))

Kathleen Karr (Children's Literature)
Tamora Pierce has been a very busy writer of eminently readable and enjoyable fantasy for almost twenty years. The reissue of this, her first book--Book I of the series "Song of the Lioness" and the cornerstone of all her future Tortallan quartets--is welcome. Alanna switches roles with her twin brother and in male disguise enters the life and education of a page. What follows is the classic Enid Blyton/pre-J.K. Rowling boarding school story, set within the pseudo medieval world of chivalry and magic that is fantasy. There aren't many plot surprises, but it's a fast read. It is also quite interesting to compare the fledgling Alan/Alanna with Pierce's most recent heroine in the "Protector of the Small" series, in which Alanna's role is fleshed out more completely in the character of Lady Knight Kel. 2002 (orig. 1983), Atheneum, $10.95. Ages 8 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2002] cc1983.)

Paula McMillen, Ph.D. (Children's Literature)
Alanna and Thom are 10-year-old, red-haired, violet-eyed twins being sent from their father’s home to a convent and the king’s palace, respectively. Such is the typical fate of most noble’s children--girls to learn marriageable skills and boys to become knights. But Alanna and Thom are not ordinary children. Their fledgling skills in magic have been fostered by the local healer, Maude, and their father’s sergeant-at-arms, Coram, has schooled them both in fighting. Alanna wants nothing more than to become a knight and Thom wants to become a sorcerer, so with collusion from Maude, Alanna cuts her hair, dresses as a boy and heads to the palace, while Thom goes off to learn more magic at the City of the Gods. Alanna makes an enemy of the palace bully the first day by standing up for herself, but she also wins some influential friends, including the heir to the throne, Jonathan. With fighting lessons from Coram and from the King of the Thieves in the city, she develops the skills that eventually allow her to take the bully on and win. Although this is a familiar premise--a girl disguising herself as a boy to gain freedoms otherwise forbidden her--author Pierce nevertheless creates a fresh, complex and engaging protagonist. Alanna shows great perseverance in the physical and mental tasks that are put to her during training and the book climaxes when she and Jonathan team up to defeat some ancient and evil magic. There are plenty of hints that more adventures are to come in the remaining books of the “Song of the Lioness Quartet” and readers will assuredly want to read all about them. 2010 (orig. 1983), Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster, $8.99. Ages 12 up.
(PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2002] cc1983.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
The tomboyish, adventuresome Alanna becomes a knight and a shaman over the course of her trials in the Song of the Lioness quartet. Ages 10-up. (Mar.)
(PUBLISHER: Knopf/Borzoi Sprinters (), PUBLISHED: 1989.)

Ann Ritchie (Audiofile, April/May 2001)
The twins Thom and Alanna of Trebond are poised to leave their father for the training due young adults: Thom to the palace to learn the ways of a knight and Alanna to the convent to learn the skills of healing and sorcery. But in the opening scene, the destinations are switched, and Alanna, disguised as her brother, sets off on the path she has long desired. Trini Alvarado is skillful in maintaining the tension in this girl-disguised-as-boy medieval fantasy. She lightly and eagerly moves the adventure along. There is an urgency to her voice --as Alanna, the headstrong and determined Alan of Trebond, learns the skills of a knight and the power of her own magical gift; as Coram, Alanna's gruff travelmate and confidant; and as Jonathan, the prince in need of Alanna's magic and healing. The listener is absorbed and eager as Alvarado navigates the travails of Alanna's many lessons, fraught with intrigue and laced with magical forces. This first book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet makes for fast-paced and dynamic listening. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2000 (orig. 1983), Listening Library, Three cassettes, 5.25 hrs., Retail pak, $22.00.
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2000.)

Mary Purucker (KLIATT Review, May 2007 (Vol. 41, No. 3))
Popular with adolescents for more than 20 years, this tells the story of how Alanna and her brother manage to do what each wants most when at age 10 they are sent off to school. Alanna disguises herself as a boy and goes to the castle of the king to learn the traditions and skills of knighthood. Despite being the smallest page, she manages to succeed and outbests many. Her brother wants to be a sorcerer. Both twins have powers and have been educated to use them. When Alanna saves the heir to the throne from a sorcery-induced illness, they become great friends. The chapter when she is surprised by her first period is well done; no one has ever told her what would happen. She manages to go on, though a few people discover her secret. A battle at the end where she joins forces with the prince against evil beings is compelling. Alvarado’s light adolescent voice is just right for Alanna and she admirably takes on the roles of male and female characters and their accents without missing a beat. Harry Potter fans will enjoy this. Category: Fiction Audiobooks. KLIATT Codes: J--Recommended for junior high school students. 2000 (orig. 1983), Listening Library, Random House, 4 tapes. 5 hrs.; Vinyl; plot, author, reader notes., $22.00. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2000.)

Jack Smith (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 13, No. 4))
Alanna of Trebond's beginning adventure into knighthood is entertaining listening. Trini Alvarado's performance improves through the course of the audio work. Initially, she puts little effort into her representation of the characters. Her reading also seems to be rushed at first. As new characters are added in the plot, Alvarado's third-person interpretation becomes more lively. The book on cassette deserves librarians' recommendations. Children will welcome hearing how a girl disguises herself for the male world of chivalry. (Unabridged. 3 audiocassettes. 5 hrs. 13 mins.) Grades 4 and up. 2000, Listening Library, $24.00. Ages 9 up.
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2000.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster $8.99., 2010

Media Type:

9781442426412
1442426411
New York: Simon Pulse, 2005

Media Type: Language Material
274 p.:
CPB Box no. 2317 vol. 2
0689878559
9780689878558
New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002

Media Type: Language Material
216 p.:
MLCS 2006/42227 (P)
0689853238
9780689853234
"An Argo book."
New York: Random House, 2000

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
3 sound cassettes (5 hr. 12 min.):
PZ7.P61464 (813/.5)
0807261726
0807287717
9780807261729
9780807287712
"Listening library"-Container.
Unabridged.
Knopf/Borzoi Sprinters, 1989

Media Type: Language Material
p.
([Fic]%2 19)
0679801146
9780679801146
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984

Media Type: Language Material
241,[1]p. of plates:
(813/.54)
019271502X
9780192715029
Originally published New York: Atheneum 1983.
New York: Atheneum, 1983

Media Type: Language Material
241 p.:
PZ7.P61464 ([Fic])
0689309945
9780689309946
"An Argo book."

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