Alanna: The First Adventure
Young Adult / July 21, 2016

Song of the Lioness #1. Author: Tamora Pierce. Summary: 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: 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. My Thoughts: This reads like a book aimed at a slightly younger age group than YA, (but she may get older over the series?) but still enjoyable. Alanna is a strong, determined character younger girls will enjoy championing, the flip-side of the classic squire’s story. Content Review: Sexual content: Character has periods for the first time, notices breasts for the first time. While talking to healer about…