Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce was born in 1954, she is an American writer of fantasy fiction for teenagers, known best for stories featuring young heroines.

Whilst studying at The University of Pennsylvania she wrote the books that became The Song of the Lioness quartet. The first book of this quartet, Alanna: The First Adventure was published by Atheneum Books in 1983.

Pierce won the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association in 2013, citing her two quartets Song of the Lioness and Protector of the Small (1999–2002). The annual award recognises one writer and a particular body of work for “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”

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