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First Test Graphic Novel: (A Graphic Novel) (Protector of the Small #1) (Paperback)

First Test Graphic Novel: (A Graphic Novel) (Protector of the Small #1) By Tamora Pierce, Becca Farrow (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tamora Pierce, Becca Farrow (Illustrator)
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“Rarely have I seen an existing story adapted into a different form with such love and care. This graphic novel remains quite faithful to Tamora Pierce’s original, adjusted just enough to create a fun read that suits the new format and enhances my enjoyment of the original.”
— Dana Brown, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA


This eagerly awaited graphic novel adaptation of the iconic fantasy novel, First Test, reimagines the classic knight's tale, but with a twist. In a world not quite ready for her ambition, a determined girl seeks knighthood and finds herself on a mission to prove it.

Keladry is the first girl who dares to take advantage of a new rule in her homeland, Tortall--one that allows women to train for knighthood.. She knows she’s  ready for the traditional hazing and grueling schedule of a page, but standing in  her way is the Knight’s training master, Lord Wyldon.

The training master is dead set against girls becoming knights, and in an attempt to further hold Kel back Lord Wyldon decides that  she must pass a one-year trial that no male page has ever had to endure. But she is not to be underestimated. She will fight to succeed, even if the test is purposely unfair.

The Protector of the Small series gets its first graphic novel adaptation, bringing to life Tamora Pierce’s best-selling First Test in an exciting new format. This graphic novel story about believing in yourself and overcoming all odds,  combines action and adventure in a way that new and old fans of the series will love.

About the Author

Tamora Pierce is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.

Becca Farrow graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a BFA in Illustration. She has done freelance work for several large companies including BOOM! Studios, Valiant Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Lion Forge and Marvel Entertainment.

Praise For…

"A character-driven adventure....This graphic novel adaptation of the fantasy novel is a captivating look into the world of Tortall and its newest fierce page." —School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780307931573
ISBN-10: 0307931579
Publisher: Random House Graphic
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Protector of the Small