I just learned that the ALA awarded Tamora Pierce the Margaret A. Edwards award for her Song of the Lioness quartet (Alanna) and the Protector of the Small quartet (Keladry). It doesn’t say this on the website, but it’s probably for her being generally awesome as well.
The thing I love about all of her books is that her female characters are strong and proud of who they are regardless of other people’s judgments. It’s sometimes hard to do that, even as an adult. She was committed to making books about strong young women who exist in the world as humans well before many of her peers in the fantasy world. She’s influenced a new generation of authors like Kristin Cashore, Seanan McGuire, and Malinda Lo.
My favorite series by Pierce is the Trickster’s Choice books. Aly is so gloriously irreverent, whip smart, and inventive- who else can invisibly cause as much trouble as she does? If you haven't read her books, you should. Seriously, she's awesome.
Do you have a favorite character from Tamora Pierce's books (or a different author) that you really love? Is there a book that you've read that you know you'll remember and read again even as an adult?