Level I Winner - Hannah Soyer
Beaver Creek Elementary School, Johnston
"Song of the Lioness" series by Tamara Pierce
Dear Tamora Pierce,
Probably ever since I was born I've longed for
adventure. More than anyone I know. I'd even
spend my spare time reading about adventures and dreaming I was
the hero/heroine. See, to others, adventure is nothing
new. It lies in their future like cats waiting to
pounce. But my dreams of changing the world have always
ended in me knowing that that will never happen: I've
been confined to a wheelchair since birth. Even if I
could go back in time, I wouldn't be able to take up the role of
your heroine, Alanna. I probably wouldn't even have
been able to lift a sword. My future was
As soon as I read your series, Song of the Lioness, I
knew I'd been wrong about my future for a very long time.
Alanna's life reminded me so much of my own, I felt like I could
sink into the pages of the book and tell the story myself.
As Alanna changed from a nobody in Alanna: The First
Adventure to a legend in Lioness Rampant, I could feel myself
changing too. I have as much chance of becoming a somebody
and having adventures as anybody else, I'll just have to try
harder than most people.
Being in a wheelchair doesn't seem like such a bad thing
anymore. It can have its advantages. If I was
just an ordinary girl, I probably would have read your series
without thinking twice about it.
If you can't choose your circumstances, like being a girl or
having muscular dystrophy, you might as well learn to overcome
them. Song of the Lioness gave me faith and
hope, and I'd like to thank you for opening a door for me.
Hannah Soyer, Grade 5