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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.
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published on December 1, 1984 by Oxford University Press
ISBN-10: 019271502X
ISBN-13: 9780192715029
5 Book Reviews
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  • nasby
    nasbyTuesday, August 1, 2017 at 9:05 am
    All I know is that Alanna is going under cover as a boy and changed her name to be Alan of Trebond so she could go to the place to become a knight. During chapter six is really exciting. And of course my first name is from the book. I hope you read it soon. And that is my report about the book.
    • leecifur
      leecifurSunday, July 31, 2016 at 3:26 pm55 stars
      I love Tamora Pierce's books! Alanna is a wonderful character but George is probably my favorite.
      • celwal
        celwalWednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:02 am55 stars
        It's a wonderful book with lots of exitement!!!
        • otter
          otterSaturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:10 am55 stars
          This is so good! I love Tamara pierce's books. This one is about a girl that dresses up as a boy so she can train as a knight. It is so exciting!
          • cgrimstad
            Mrs. GrimstadThursday, November 21, 2013 at 3:59 am
            A good fantasy book for 5/6th graders