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First Test (Protector of the Small, Bk 1)
First Test - Protector of the Small, Bk 1
Author: Tamora Pierce
Keladry (known as Kel) is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits girls to train for the knighthood. The only thing that can stop her is Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He does not think girls should be knights and puts her on probation for one year. It is a trial period that no male page has to endure ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679889175
ISBN-10: 0679889175
Publication Date: 5/23/2000
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 178 ratings
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed First Test (Protector of the Small, Bk 1) on + 287 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Once again I'm happy to be back in Tortall. A bit disappointed that Alanna doesn't get a more active role, but this is Kel's book after all. And it was a bit lacking in suspense (about whether or not Kel would get to return for a second year) since there are three books that come after this one. But the book was a quick read and a pleasant distraction from studies.
reviewed First Test (Protector of the Small, Bk 1) on + 93 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Even though this series is written with young teens in mind I loved it. My youngest daughter also thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the three others in the series. Now we are both big fans of Tamora Pierce.
daedelys avatar reviewed First Test (Protector of the Small, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is another series about a heroine, Kel, who encounters the typical sexism showed by males towards females when she first begins her training to become a knight. Later, after being bullied herself, she makes it her business to deal with those who pick on others when she feels that the hazing has gone too far with fellow students.

It's a wonderful story about a girl who finds her way and doesn't take crap but does what she needs in order to succeed despite the obstacles in her way.
slothmold avatar reviewed First Test (Protector of the Small, Bk 1) on + 38 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Wonderful series! I may be all grown up, but this is one of my brain candy books that I always return to when I need a pick-me-up. Kel relies on hard work instead of magic to fight her way through a boy's world. This, along with her reserved personality makes her a much more relatable and believable character than in Pierce's earlier series. Don't miss the Trickster books either!
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reviewed First Test (Protector of the Small, Bk 1) on
I have long been a Tamora Pierce fan. I fell in love with her work in the Alanna series, enjoying how she made her characters sweat to win (and not always win) instead of manipulating their way through. Though those books are fine in their own right it tiring seeing women as damsels in distress or in being so weak that they can't win the hard way. I enjoyed Kel's quiet, reserved manner, even though I got frustrated at times with her not speaking up and defending herself, instead of just taking the punishment without compliant when she didn't deserve it. but all in all this book has to be on your shelf soon, its just too good not to read.
johnwoodworth avatar reviewed First Test (Protector of the Small, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
I enjoyed this book alot and I am a grandfather. This is a great book for 10 year old girls.
ngriff87 avatar reviewed First Test (Protector of the Small, Bk 1) on
can't wait to be able to read the next one. I love Tamora Pierce as a wrighter all her characters jump off the pages of her books


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