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Alanna: The First Adventure

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Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

First published 1983

Plot Description: Alanna of Trebond yearns to be a knight, but she is a girl.  Her twin brother, Thom, wants to be a mage, but he is the only son and must take his rightful place among the knights and protect the kingdom.  So what are the pair to do?  Trade places of course.  Deceiving their father, who is always too busy with his books in his study to care much for them anyways, they trade places and Alanna is off, with a forged letter of introduction as Alan of Trebond, to become a page and begin her knights training.  The path to knighthood is hard, but she is as smart, strong and clever as any of the boys and is ready to prove herself and one day will reveal herself and show that a female cane be just as great a knight as any male in the land.

Quantitative Reading Level: Grades 5-8

Evaluation: This is a more grown up version of The Princess Knight, except Alanna isn’t a princess.  However, we still have a strong female character who, against the norm, wishes to go into a profession that is only for males and must prove herself.  This is an empowering tale for both male and female as the watch Alanna struggle against the odds and puberty to become who she truly wants to be.

Content Area: ELA

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The Princess Knight

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The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke

First published 2001

Plot Description: Violetta is the only princess amongst three brothers.  Her father wishes for her to be the model princess, prime and proper, but she wants to be as strong and brave as her brothers. Forbidden to follow her heart, she slips out of the castle at night into the woods and secretly teaches herself to become the cleverest, most nimble knight in the land. Soon she will be ready to fight for her own rights.

Quantitative Reading Level: Grades K-2

Evaluation: This is a book for those little girls who would rather go slay the dragon herself than wait for the prince to do it for her.  This is the book to help show that boys are not the only ones who like to become knights, but as girls are not the only ones who like to dance and wear dresses.

Content Area: ELA