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A Novel of the Tortallan Universe
Protagonist Keladry of Mindelan
Author Tamora Pierce
Cover Artist Joyce Patti
Publication information
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2000
UK Release Date
Pages 268 pp
Series Protector of the Small
Preceded by First Test
Followed by Squire

Page is the second installment of Protector of the Small, a quartet set in the Tortallan Universe by Tamora Pierce. The books are about Keladry of Mindelan, a noble girl in Tortall, and her quest to become a knight. It continues after the events of First Test, the first installment of the quartet.


"To Julia Niederhut Muche."
—Dedication of Page

Back Cover

""Ladies have no place bearing arms..."

...so say many in the kingdom of Tortall. Of course, that hasn't stopped Keladry of Mindelan from pursuing her dream of becoming a knight.

In this second book of the Protector of the Small quartet, Kel's hardships continue as she fights the prejudices that come with being a girl while maintaining the rigorous training of a page. Kel's skills aren't the only things that are developing. Her feelings for her best friend, Neal, are also changing...in a very uncomfortable way. Luckily, Kel has some new allies, including an ugly but lovable dog and an abused young woman whom she teaches self-defense. She also discovers a new talent when a group of pages is trapped by bandits and suddenly the other pages must call on the only "lady" to lead them.'"
—Back cover of the paperback edition of Page

Publication History

The hardcover first edition of Page was first published on May 23rd, 2000 by Random House Books for Young Readers. Another hardcover edition was released May 1st, 2001, by Perfection Learning; and another on May 22nd of the same year by Turtleback Books. The large print hardcover edition was published April 1st, 2002 by Thorndike Press. The first paperback edition was published on September 15th, 2000 by Scholastic Press; and then on August 24th, 2004, by Random House Books for Young Readers. The first ebook/Kindle edition was published on August 1st, 2006 by Scholastic Australia; and then December 18th, 2007, by Random House Books for Young Readers. The audiobook was released on August 28th, 2007 by Listening Library.

Plot Summary

Kel has been allowed to continue her training to be a knight. While she has been allowed to continue by Wyldon of Cavall, her stiff, old-fashioned training master, she's still not accepted by many of the male pages. Though she and her friends Neal, Merric, Cleon, and Owen continue to fight the hazing of the first years, the others pages appear to have lost interest. Kel wonders if she is the only one who really cares.

Meanwhile, Joren of Stone Mountain, once Kel's self-proclaimed archenemy, appears to have drastically changed. Ever since he became a squire, he has been civil, almost friendly to Kel and her friends. She does not trust this apparent change of heart at first, but as the years pass, she begins to think that she has nothing to worry about from him.

At the beginning of the book, Kel hires a maidservant. Lalasa is the niece of one of the palace servants and her uncle begs Kel to take her. He claims that Lalasa has been treated badly by some people and that she will be left alone if she has a proper mistress. With some trepidation, Kel accepts and hires Lalasa. On the very first day of training, Kel also adopts a ragtag dog who calls himself Jump. Through Daine, the Wildmage, Jump communicates that he wants to stay with Kel. Even though she does her best to leave him with Daine, he always manages to return.

After Kel has fought her way through all the training, survived all the ordeals, she is finally allowed to take the 'Big Examinations,' the test given to all fourth-year pages to allow them to train to be squires. It is then that Kel faces the greatest test of all. She must choose between her duty or her dream.

During the course of the book, Kel develops a crush on Neal, which he does not return. It also seems that Cleon has feelings for her, and shows them on one occasion.


Main Characters

Minor Characters

Pages/ Squires

Other Palace Residents

Tortallan Nobility



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