BEKA COOPER reading levels

bookcovers of the 3 BEKA COOPER BOOKS - Terrier, Bloodhound, Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce may be the queen of writers when it comes to writing gripping stories about Girls Who Kick Butt!  In this tale from the lands of Tortall the heroine is a police officer.  Or what passes for one in a medieval setting.  The world building is excellent, and while there is a fantasy element (pigeons carry the voices of the dead to Beka), it is kept realistic and reasonable.  Highly recommend this YA read.  (sexual content here and there)

In this book, Beka is a rookie 'dog' learning the ropes of how to deal with 'rats' (criminals) and her new community.  Tamora begins some epic world building and we are introduced to friends and enemies.  Good crime read.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 133,817
Page Count:  608
Accelerated Reading level:  4.5 / points: 19.0
AR quiz: 111149
Lexile: 700L
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In this book Beka has been promoted from "Puppy" to  full Dog --a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard.  And she and her partner begin investigating counterfeit coins.

Word Count: 167,010
Page Count:  576
Accelerated Reading level:  4.8 / points: 25.0
AR quiz: 129853
Lexile: HL730L
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Beka loses her fiance and to assuage her guilt, plunges into a mystery on behalf of the Queen.  She doesn't understand at first that the future of the throne of Tortall is involved. 

Word Count: 182,686
Page Count:  608
Accelerated Reading level: 5.4 / points: 28.0
AR quiz: 147398
Lexile: 790L
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