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The Tournament at Gorlan
Contributor(s): Flanagan, John

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ISBN: 0399163611     ISBN-13: 9780399163616
Publisher: Philomel Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2015
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Annotation: A first entry in a new Ranger's Apprentice prequel story arc finds two loyal soldiers to the crown working together to prevent the ambitious Morgarath from weakening the king's forces and stealing the throne. Simultaneous eBook. 150,000 first printing.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Fantasy.
JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015018629
Lexile Measure: 870
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Ranger's Apprentice
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.25" W x 1.50" (1.30 lbs) 364 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 177161
Reading Level: 6.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 15.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q67400
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 22.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer, and after a successful career in advertising and television, he began writing a series of short stories for his son, Michael, in order to encourage him to read. Those stories would eventually become The Ruins of Gorlan, Book 1 of the Ranger’s Apprentice epic. Now with his companion series, Brotherband Chronicles, the novels of John Flanagan have sold millions of copies and made readers of kids the world over. Mr. Flanagan lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

You can visit John Flanagan at

www.RangersApprentice.com
www.BrotherbandChronicles.comJohn Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer, and after a successful career in advertising and television, he began writing a series of short stories for his son, Michael, in order to encourage him to read. Those stories would eventually become The Ruins of Gorlan, Book 1 of the Ranger’s Apprentice epic. Together with his companion series, Brotherband Chronicles, the novels of John Flanagan have sold millions of copies and made readers of kids the world over. Mr. Flanagan lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.
 
You can visit John Flanagan at
 
www.RangersApprentice.com
www.BrotherbandChronicles.com

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
A younger Crowley and Halt join forces with other falsely disgraced Rangers to rescue King Oswald and Prince Duncan from the machinations of Baron Morgarath, who attempts to seize the throne at the annual tournament. This prequel to the Ranger's Apprentice series features good-hearted joshing among the laconic Ranger Corps and stirring combat sequences against Morgarath and his craven henchmen.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 September)

Gr 5 Up—Before becoming a full-fledged Ranger, Halt O'Carrick teams up with Crowley, a fellow protégé of master teacher, Pritchard. They hear that a dozen Rangers across Gorlan have been dismissed from their posts on trumped-up charges of disloyalty to King Oswald. It is a ruse by the evil Baron Morgarath to weaken the Rangers' stronghold in the land and overtake the throne. He has locked up the King and his successor Duncan and sent out an obnoxious imposter to raise havoc among the people, in hopes they will beg the Baron to step in as their leader. Halt and Crowley know they must press the 12 former Rangers back into service and free King Oswald and Duncan from their respective prisons before Morgarath declares himself king at the tournament of Gorlan. The mission drives the story, as the team rides covertly from village to village collecting their enlistees and having close calls with Morgarath's henchmen. As each Ranger is added to the mix, they display unique skills and character quirks that help bring energy to the narrative, allowing readers to relish the campfire antics as much as the final action-driven jousting scenes. Challenging vocabulary with context clues broadens the reading interest range. Those who can't get enough of the "Ranger's Apprentice" series (Philomel) will discover more layers to Halt, the steadfast and humble hero, especially the day he meets Pauline for the first time in this prequel. VERDICT Flanagan's familiar mix of action, humor, and cliff-hanger endings will have fans and newbies hooked.—Vicki Reutter, State University of New York at Cortland

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