Tamora Pierce is best known for her heartwarming stories about troubled young people overcoming adversity in a nasty (but magical) world. The stories are good, rather as Jacqueline Wilson's stories are good, because she writes credibly about difficult topics - abandonment, cruelty, prejudice and suffering.
My children haver enjoyed her books about young mages, wild magic and Tortal and so too have their father.
These stories about Becka Cooper are about growing up. They are about decency, sexual awakening and the relationship between crime and policing. They concern a young gixie called Becka Cooper and her struggle to become a Dog (police officer). The first book appeared a good while ago. This is the second. The third is due out any minute.
Becka is a distant ancestor of George Cooper, who married Alanna the Lioness, for those who know the other stories.
I'm not going to give you any spoilers. It's well written, a good story. My children, both in their 20s, will doubtless read it, partly because they are good stories and easy to read. They are aimed at teenagers, I spose, but could be read by younger children if they have already read the protector of the small or the Daine stories. Good stuff.
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