- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 0920 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (June 8, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142406635
- ISBN-13: 978-0142406632
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,537 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1) Paperback – June 8, 2006
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"The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story. Rather than creating a host of strange creatures and magical powers, Flanigan concentrates on character, offering readers a young protagonist they will care about and relationships that develop believably over time.Readers will look forward to the next adventure in The Ruins of Gorlan series." -Booklist, starred review
About the Author
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. John began writing Ranger’s Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series and its spinoff, Brotherband Chronicles. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.
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It is a kid's book, so the issues the main character, Will, faces are wondering who his parents were, feeling the first mysterious moments of noticing the other sex, dealing with bullies, feeling the joy and strength of friendship, facing up to being caught causing problems in the adult arena, feeling the anxiety of attending adult, formal social gatherings, seeking approval from role models etc....
What makes this a traditional work in this genre is that the role models in the end always come through and are fair to the kids. The evil is always defeated, though sometimes rather more quickly than it should given the build up of how no one EVER faced down monster X before. The kids in the book focus on a host of anxieties any young reader can appreciate, but in the end everything works out.
The book is very positive in this sense. I hope today's young kids are not so jaded they can not read this and find some comfort and stability before they reach the craziness and harshness of adulthood. I just am not sure if with the internet and the harshness of video games and the exposure to sexuality and violence that are so much a part of our society today's kids in third through sixth grade can read something this positive without thinking it is unrealistic. I hope like heck I am wrong.
I thought it was a pleasant read, but when I was in third or fourth grade I would have devoured this eagerly and thought it was the greatest thing! There is no swearing or sex in the book, a good deal of light humor that I think kids will catch even if the kids in the story do not always catch it, and a fair amount of stereotypical scenes and characters.
Clearly more for young readers than adults, but a nicely done book.
The author did a good job setting up the book for a long series, it answers just enough to keep you happy but leaves you wanting to find out what happens as the series continues. It wasn't as good as the Harry Potter series, but I wouldn't expect that since they are so much shorter. There isn't nearly as much time devoted to detail the world around the characters. Its definitely worth the time and price.
I'm actually going to be reading the next book in the series as well before I pass them on to my kid, it was a fun read.
I believe the narrative is set in third person omniscient and the story feels seamless and natural. It is an easy read that still offers the hard-core fantasy lover enough to wet the appetite.