The Resource Terrier, Tamora Pierce

Terrier, Tamora Pierce

Label
Terrier
Title
Terrier
Statement of responsibility
Tamora Pierce
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City
Member of
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • West Australian Young Readers's Book Award (WAYRBA), Older Readers, 2009.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2007
Review
  • Having followed her signature heroine into the next generation with her Trickster duet, Pierce now looks back into the history of Tortall and finds another fierce, lovable gal who wont take any guff. Sixteen-year-old Beka Cooper, born hundreds of years before Alanna drew her first sword, has just signed on as a Puppy (trainee) with her citys crime fighters, unofficially known as the Dogs. Bekas extrasensory gifts and a firsthand understanding of her tough beat help her to scent two heinous criminals, whom she delivers to justice--despite the limitations of her apprentice role--by rallying a lively network of informants, mentors, and allies. Pierce deftly handles the novels journal structure, and her clear homage to the police-procedural genre applies a welcome twist to the girl-legend-in-the-making story line. Leisurely infusions of detail frequently slow things down, but homely, often comic pauses interspersing epic deeds have become touchstones of Pierces storytelling, and not even the strained surprise ending will prevent fans from begging for more about the avenging pup known as a Terrier among Dogs. -- Jennifer Mattson (Reviewed 11-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 6, p42)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 7 Up— Orphaned Beka Cooper, 16, is a trainee-a "Puppy"-in the Provost's Guard. Having spent the first half of her life in Tortall's slums, she is driven by the need to do what is right and see justice done. Paired with two of the best Guards, or "Dogs," in the organization and aided by her own gifts of magic, Beka learns her job, makes friends with two mages and a thief, and uncovers two serial killers who prey on the poor and unnoticed. With Terrier, Pierce tries out a new style of storytelling and succeeds admirably. Beka, the ancestor of George Cooper from the "Song of the Lioness" series (S & S), tells her story through journal entries, making for a thoroughly engaging read. The characters are recognizable types, but all have their own personalities. Readers will enjoy meeting the Lady Knight Sabine of Macayhill, Alanna's precursor in profession and temperament; Rosto the Piper; and Beka's friends. The level of violence is comparable to that found in "The Circle Opens" series (Scholastic) but isn't as gratuitous. This seems mostly to be due to the journal format, which gives readers only Beka's thoughts and feelings as opposed to those of the killers as well. With its rollicking adventure, appealing characters, and inclusion of Tortall's history, Terrier will be in strong demand by Pierce's fans. It will keep readers on the edge of their seats.—Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA --Lisa Prolman (Reviewed February 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 2, p126)
  • Pierce returns to the Tortall Realms for a new series, a kind of prequel to those of her popular "sheroes" Alanna, Kel and Aly. Her latest heroine is not a lady knight but a "Puppy," a police trainee whose talents lift her from the slums to the manor of Lord Gershom. The noble takes in Beka's impoverished family after the girl, at age eight, demonstrates near-magical abilities in law enforcement. Beka, now 16, begins her story with her first night on the job, told through journal entries. Assigned to two of the best Dogs (veteran officers) in the Jane Street kennel, Beka quickly distinguishes herself, assisted by winged informants (pigeons who carry the ghosts of murdered children and whisper only to Beka) and her aide-de-camp, Pounce, the purple-eyed cat (who will be familiar to Alanna devotees). Beka is drawn to solve two major crimes: one involving the disappearance of people hired to dig beneath the Lower City in search of precious "fire opals," and a scarier thread about the kidnapping and murder of children by a creature known only as the "Shadow Snake." Despite many action-packed scrapes with thieves and rogues, the pace lags a bit in this series opener. Fans of Pierce's previous forays into medieval fantasy, however, will likely savor every page, and Beka herself is a brave battler who shoulders an unwieldy narrative with nearly as much ease as she hobbles a cutpurse. Ages 10-13. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed December 11, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 49, p70)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
155291
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pierce, Tamora
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Interest level
Grades 5-8
LC call number
PZ7.P61464
LC item number
Ter 2006
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
Reading level
4.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Beka Cooper
Series volume
bk. 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Police
  • Magic
  • Police
  • Magic
  • Fantasy
  • Magic
  • Police
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Terrier, Tamora Pierce
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A Tortall legend"--Jacket
  • Maps on endpapers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm70106277
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
581 pages
Isbn
9781862917217
Lccn
2006014834
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)70106277
Label
Terrier, Tamora Pierce
Publication
Note
  • "A Tortall legend"--Jacket
  • Maps on endpapers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm70106277
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
581 pages
Isbn
9781862917217
Lccn
2006014834
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)70106277

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