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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Moonlight Reader's Book Playlist Challenge: Punk

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) - Tamora Pierce Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce Protector of the Small - Tamora Pierce Terrier  - Tamora Pierce

Day 01: Favorite book with a rebel character (punk)


According to dictionary.com, a "rebel" is defined as:


1. A person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against the government or ruler of his or her country; or
2. a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.
There is a probably arguable position that almost every book contains one character who is considered a rebel - rebellion creates conflict, and books require conflict in order to be worth reading.
For this challenge, I am going to try really hard to go at least a little bit off the beaten path for books to fill it, rather than sticking with the more obvious choices - The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, (both of which could fit this prompt).
So, for this challenge, I am choosing an author, not a specific book: Tamora Pierce, whose books are filled with girls who are rebels.
Tamora Pierce's world of Tortall is reminiscent of Europe, during the middle ages, with it's nobility, court, and aspects of feudal society. The first quartet set in the world of Tortall is the Alanna series, which features Alanna of Trebond, a young girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can take her brother's place and train for knighthood. The Immortals series centers around a young girl named Daine who manifests "wild magic" which gives her a strong connection with animals. This was my animal-loving daughter's favorite of the Tortall books.
An ongoing theme in Pierce's work is strong female characters who rebel against the prevailing limitations of their society. If you've never read Tamora Pierce, you are missing out on something wonderful.