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

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


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Alanna has a dream. Her perseverance, ingenuity, and integrity made her a hero. Alanna is an icon, one of the OG "girls who DO things" and the blueprint for many fantasy heroes. The world of Tortall continues to delight and amaze me almost 20 years later, and I'm so excited for this reprint to bring Alanna's adventures, and the world of Tortall, to new audiences. Don't stop with the Lionness, the story continues with Daine, Kel, Bekka, Numair, and Aly.

— From Jessica's Picks!

A girl disguises herself as a boy to train as a knight in this first book in Tamora Pierce’s Margaret A. Edwards Award–winning young adult series—now with a new look!

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, and, disguised as a boy, 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.

So begin Alanna’s adventures—filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil—that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.
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: 9781665937412
ISBN-10: 1665937416
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 26th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Song of the Lioness
*USA Today Bestseller*

*Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner*

"Tamora Pierce's books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration."
— Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Tamora Pierce didn't just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Her stories still lead the vanguard today. Pierce is the real lioness, and we're all just running to keep pace."
— Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us.”
— Holly Black, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence—I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay—as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words.”
— Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Tamora Pierce is gloriously unafraid to give her readers joy and laughter along with adventure and struggle, to let us love her characters wholeheartedly and find the best of ourselves in them.”
— Naomi Novik, New York Times bestselling author

“It’s impossible to overstate Tamora Pierce’s impact on children’s literature. Her tough, wise, and wonderful heroines have inspired generations of readers.”
— Rae Carson, New York Times bestselling author

“Tamora Pierce’s writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshingly clear, invigorating, and revitalizing river.”
— Garth Nix, New York Times bestselling author

“Tamora Pierce is a trailblazer for so many fantasy writers, hacking through the old tropes with her narrative machete and showing us that girl-centered adventures are not just possible but amazing.”
— Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author