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#TBT: Book Covers

I'm not really one for taking pictures and plastering them on social media or using hashtags for that matter, but Throwback Thursday seems like a perfect time to talk about some oldies (but goodies) in the book realm. (And by the way, just wait for Man Crush Monday. Wowza!)

I started reading YA novels with a passion when I started teaching middle school. I know, it seems a bit weird to consider myself a YA reader well after the target age has passed. It happens. I try to stay current on the books that are out there so I can recommend something to a kid when they ask. (And I kinda like YA anyway...)

One of my favorites of ALL TIME is the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. I happened upon this book at Borders when it was going out of business. I needed something to read aloud to the kids (I chose Walter Dean Myers' Scorpion for that) when the title of this book caught my eye. I've never seen a character with my name-- and spelled correctly, mind you-- before. Naturally, I picked up book 1 and 2. Then I left town for a holiday trip that took 13 hours in a car. I finished both books before hitting Alabama; it was going to be a long ride home. I was so in love with the story that I had to keep reading and I did not want to wait until I got home. I searched every book store I could find from Mississippi to the Florida border for books 3 and 4.

I didn't have much luck with my search so I settled on reading Wuthering Heights for the ride home. But you can bet I got my hands on the rest of this series as soon as possible. But then I discovered the story continued in a new series. Alanna was still in it (as a minor character) so of course I had to get those as well. But then she goes and has kids and creates yet another series... so I got that one too. I believe there are about 12 books total with Alanna as a character in some way. Pretty impressive.

If you've read this series, I'm curious to know if you are as fond as I am of the characters. I can't help but feel that Tamora Pierce set the bar high for YA fantasy when she started crafting these tales.

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)  In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)  The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, #3)  Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4)

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