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by Tamora Pierce; Bernadette Dunne

  Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Elementary and junior high school : Fiction  |  Library ed

Kel grows up and fights bigger battles   (2011-09-24)


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by booksonthebeach

Listening to Bernadette Dunne read this book was so exciting I hated to get out of my car.  In fact, I sat in my driveway a couple of times just to hear "a little bit more" before I shut off my engine and went inside.  It's a longer book than First Test and Page because it encompasses all four years of Kel's time as Raoul's squire, including some very exciting battle scenes and tournaments. 

I appreciated the realism of Kel's crushes on Cleon and Dom and how she struggled to figure out how to handle herself around them.  Brought back some wince-inducing memories from my own teen years, that's for sure.  I also appreciated how Pierce handled the whole "sex talk" scene between Kel and her mother.  Lots of girls would never talk to their parents about sex, and it was great how calm and perceptive Kel's mom was, allowing Kel to decide for herself whether she was or was not ready.  Likewise, I appreciated that Kel chose to wait...and so did Cleon.

For readers' advisors:  character and story doorways primarily and setting doorway because of the magical, made-up world

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