Beka Cooper: Terrier, by Tamora Pierce (Random House, 2006)

Beka Cooper is a rookie peacekeeper in the worst section of Tortall’s capital city, and her first six months on the job may be more than she can handle, as she gets caught up in solving two nasty cases. She’ll need all the help she can get, from her mentors, her friends, and from her own unique abilities, if she wants to stay alive and bring the bad guys to justice. Set nearly 200 years before Alanna: The First Adventure, this book introduces a new hero into the Tortall setting to great success. Beka’s an admirable heroine with a compelling voice all her own, and her story is a fast-paced, exciting one. Terrier definitely ends up on my Best YA Books of 2006 list as a must-read.

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