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Pierce, Tamora.
New York : Random House, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 6.5
ISBN 0375914668

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Have any of you read Alanna by Pierce?  Then you know what a strong woman she is.  Well, this is the story of her daughter.  Can you imagine trying to make a name for yourself when you have a mother as strong as Alanna?   Alianne is 16 and wants to follow in her father's footsteps by being a spy.  Her parents refuse to allow it so Alianne sails off to make it on her own.  Unfortunately, she is captured by pirates and sold into slavery.  This is her tale and trying to get back to her family and become the woman she is destined to be.  If you enjoyed other Pierce fantasies, you should definitely pick up this one.

Booktalk #2

Itís not easy being the daughter of a legend. Alyís mother is the Kingís Champion, the leader of the military, and is the first female knight in over 100 years. Her father is no slacker either, as he is the second in command of the countryís spies. Both want Aly to get more serious about her life and find a line of work, but neither will allow her to follow in her fatherís footsteps to become a spy.

When Aly is kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery, she becomes a servant for a duke and his family. Though she initially thinks only of escape, she instead goes into exile with the family when they fall from favor with the king. Why? Kyprioth, the Trickster God, has offered to send her home if she will agree to protect the dukeís eldest daughters. Protecting the girls should be no problem for the daughter of a knight and a spy. Of course, with a war between the gods, an insane ruler, friends who become enemies, and rumors of a slave revolt, nothing is as easy as it seems, particularly if you are the Tricksterís Choice. (SCASL Junior Book Awards)

SUBJECTS:     Courts and courtiers -- Fiction.
                        Good and evil -- Fiction.


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