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Margaret A. Edwards Award 2013


Margaret A. Edwards Award 2013

The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

Tamora Pierce is the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for Song of the Lioness quartet, which includes ALANNA: The First Adventure, IN THE HAND OF THE GODDESS, THE WOMAN WHO RIDES LIKE A MAN and LIONESS RAMPANT; and The Protector of the Small quartet, which includes FIRST TEST, PAGE, SQUIRE and LADY KNIGHT.

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce - Historical Fiction


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: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; 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.

In the Hand of the Goddess: Song of the Lioness, Book Two by Tamora Pierce - Historical Fiction


Still disguised as a boy, Alanna becomes a squire to the prince of the realm. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna's liege lord, he is also her best friend --- and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity. But when a mysterious sorceror threatens the prince's life, it will take all of Alanna's skill, strength, and magical power to protect him --- even at the risk of revealing who she really is...

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man: Song of the Lioness, Book Three by Tamora Pierce - Historical Fiction


Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death --- either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe's first female shaman --- despite the desert dwellers' grave fear of the foreign woman warrior.

Lioness Rampant: Song of the Lioness, Book Four by Tamora Pierce - Historical Fiction


Alanna of Trebond has triumphed in countless bloody battles, and her adventures are already legendary. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna needs...But Alanna must push her uncertainty aside when she is challenged with the impossible. She must recover the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem with enormous power for good --- but only in the right hands.

First Test: Protector of the Small #1 by Tamora Pierce -


When Alanna became the King's Champion, it was decided that girls would henceforth be allowed to train for the knighthood. But ten years have passed, and no girls have come forward. Now, however, someone is about to change all that. Her name is Kel.

Page: Protector of the Small #2 by Tamora Pierce - Fantasy


Keladry of Mindalen, the first girl to train as a knight since Alanna, is officially a page now, but she's got three more years before she'll be a squire. And those three years are not going to be easy. Kel has to stand up against bullying boys, cruel older sisters, and, as always, the training master, Lord Wyldon!

Squire: Protector of the Small #3 by Tamora Pierce -


At the age of 14 and standing 5 foot 10, Keladry of Mindelan is a squire. A squire serves and learns from a seasoned knight for four years, then faces a final test. That final test is the Ordeal, which takes place in a magical room called the Chamber. Does Kel have what it takes to survive?

Lady Knight: Protector of the Small #4 by Tamora Pierce - Historical Fiction


Kel has finally achieved her lifelong dream of being a knight. But it’s not turning out as she imagined at all. She is torn between a duty she has sworn to uphold and a quest that she feels could turn the tide of war...