Protector of the Small: First Test

 
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Kel shows that girls can be knights
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The Protector of the Small series is set in the magical world of Tortall, a well-developed world seen in the Song of the Lioness and Immortals series (also by Tamora Pierce). In Song of the Lioness, Alanna proved that a girl could succeed as a knight. As a result, a decree was issued that girls could petition to train as a knight.

That was ten years ago and now Keladry, or Kel, is the first girl to do so. Unlike the male candidates, she is forced to go on probation her first year. She also experiences abuse and distrust from both her fellow trainees and the Page Master himself.

Kel shows herself to be an upstanding and kind heroine that befriends stray dogs and even swallows. Her kindness and quiet strength stand up to the challenges she is faced with and they grudgingly allow her to continue on to her next year of training at the end of the book.

This is a great book for girls, as they can see a strong female character face adversity and succeed in a male-dominated world. It's also great for boys because it is filled with adventure, battles and magic. I highly recommend it for readers age 8 and up.
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Girls can so be knights!!!!
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First Test was the first Tamora Pierce book that I've read. I feel that I can relate to Kel more than Alanna and Daine, because she starts off at my age, and she reminds me of me. In a way, she is more brave than Alanna, as she hid her true self, but Kel wears it proudly on her sleeve. I feel that she is the first true Lady Knight, as she goes the whole way through as a lady.

I think Kel is a strong character that does things that she believes are right. She is a lovable character that captured my heart. As well, she seems to have more humor than all the other Tamora Pierce characters. This is a very cute quartet, that has a deeper, hidden meaning.

Kel is truly a Protector of the Small, but she does great things that earn the name of Lady Knight.

First Test is funny, charming, truly inspiring and an amazing read that took my breath away. I loved this book, and I think that everyone else who reads it, will love it just as much.
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Kelandry Mindelan
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Almost all novels of girls "making it" in a traditional male field involve their intelligence and finesse. While that can be nice, Tamora Pierce portrays a heroine who makes it because she works hard.

Despite constant hazing, prejudice, even cruelty from the other pages, teachers, and, well, everyone in the castle, Kel is determined to stick it out and become a knight. Her hard-working, loyal, uncomplaining honesty and her selfless defense of the helpless gradually win over her enemies in this cute quartet.

Funny, inspiring, and a simple "good read," I highly recommend these and Tamora Pierce's other books.
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Boring!
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Reader reviewed by Lucy

Even though First Test has only 200 pages, the word I would use to describe it best is boring. The story takes place in Tortall, a medieval realm in which many of Tamora Pierces books take place. Keladry of Mindelan, the main character of the book, wants to become a knight and so she applies to be trained. Kel is the first girl to take advantage of the new rule which allows girls to be trained, and therefore faces a lot of unjust treatment from those who still dont approve of female knights. Lord Wyldon, the training master, also prefers to have no female knights. He puts Kel on a year-long probation in which she will have to prove herself and does his best to convince her to go home while she is at the training academy.
Not a lot really happens in this book, the only real action as at the end of the book when the trainees fight a group of spidrens (large spiders with human heads). And even the battle against the spidrens failed to excite me or provide for suspense. The rest of the book basically describes what the trainees learn, that many of the boys treat Kel badly and that Kel and her small band of friends go around protecting other trainees from the older bullies. In addition, Kel is only ten years old which makes it hard to relate to her. First Test is the first book in a series of which I probably wont read the rest.
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the best book i ever read and i have read alot!
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Reader reviewed by sophie jones



Tamora pierce in my opinion is one of the best aurthers if not the best. I read this book not that long ago I am actually twelve now, i read this book afew monthers ago i loved it so much it made me cry i have only been reading since june 2007 but i have already read at least 55 books i love horror books and Knight books anyway ever since i read this book i have read many more Tamora Pierce books she is a truely gifted aurther and its a trill to read her book and it would be an honour if i ould meet her she is fanominal.
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The greatest book ever
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Reader reviewed by Rabea

This is a really great book. It inspires us girls to work for what we believe in and to follow our dreams however strange that they are. I've read my copies a million times over now. You have got to read these.
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Haha such a great lovable book
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Reader reviewed by Ruby



What a well written book, well just likea ll of her other ones! When a girl wants to become a night, and only men can, she must prove to everyone what she is capable of and who she can be. When she sets foot in the caslte, the boys start to tease her and think she will never last. Keeping her head up high, and doing everything properly, will she prove the men wrong? Will she get kicked out of school for failing the first half of the term?

Read to find out
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the first test is perseverance... sticking to it, in other words
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Reader reviewed by Nelka

This is the first book in the "Protector of the Small" series. It takes us into Kel's first year studying to be a knight. And it requires not only strength... Kel, being the only girl there, is put on probation; a clique of boys tease her and she becomes a victim of many pranks. But she sticks to it. And makes friends and wins the respect of many of her teachers, including the training master who requires probation.
I like this book a lot because it is realistic, full of things happening, and the story flows, both by itself and in connection to other books and series by this author.
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The only girl in a guy's battling school? Uh Oh
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Reader reviewed by linda

Kel, just like Alana, is a girl who wants to be a knight. Unlike Alana however, she doesn't need to pretend to be a guy, you would think that would make it easier but that's not the story. The King has decided to let girls learn to be knights too after the "Alana Incident" but was not really expecting a girl to try it. Kel is determined to become a knight, but as the first girl to take on the King's offer, she is not treated well. She soon becomes one of the best knights-in-training passing all the stages of knighthood with flying colours and kicking-butt in jousting. Along her journey she fights many foes and makes a lot of faithful friends.
Reprinted here with author's permission
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True Ambition and Animation
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Reader reviewed by Katrina

This book is the begining of one of my favorite series of all time. It is full of humor, and exctemely captivating adventures. Animals with strange abilities, total opposition, and one solidly build heroine who is mean with a glaive. Very high spirited!
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a have to read
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Reader reviewed by Keenan Scott Mrs. Sioreks class

It is an awsome book. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It has it all fighting funny moments and more fighting.over all ot is a great book
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