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The Lost Stories: Book 11
Contributor(s): Flanagan, John (Author)

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ISBN: 0399256180     ISBN-13: 9780399256189
Publisher: Philomel Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2011

Annotation: In 1896, an archaeological dig unearths an ancient trunk containing manuscripts that confirm the existence of Araluen Rangers Will and Halt and tell of their first meeting and some of their previously unknown exploits.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2011024267
Lexile Measure: 810(Not Available)
Series: Ranger's Apprentice
Physical Information: 1.5" H x 6.4" W x 9.1" (1.40 lbs) 432 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 146986
Reading Level: 6.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 18.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): 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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Nine novellas fill in gaps and extend the series arc for Ranger Will and his mentor Halt, including Horace's and Will's marriages, Ranger Gilan's courtship, and the history of Halt's joining the Ranger Corps. Despite the sometimes sentimental material, Flanagan manages to work considerable intrigue and Ranger cleverness--as well as bandits, wreckers, and (unfortunately stereotyped) gypsy-like Roamers--into the mix.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 April)

Gr 5 Up—A wood and brass chest, unearthed during an excavation of the ancient kingdom of Araluen, contains manuscripts authenticating the existence of the Rangers, who had merely been legend. These lost stories weave a thread through events and characters from previous titles in the series. The collection opens with Ranger Halt divulging to his apprentice, Will, how he came to be his mentor. Years before, he was saved in battle by a young sergeant named Daniel, who, in his last breath, asked Halt to look out for his wife and a son—a baby named Will. In another chapter a young Ranger, Gilan, takes on Halt's search for a coldhearted killer when Halt is exiled for insulting King Duncan. Animals are keen and well-developed characters throughout the series and this volume is no exception. In one story, Will's dog, Ebony, is stolen by Roamers training fight dogs for sport and, in another, Flanagan pulls heartstrings with the bittersweet retirement of Will's horse, Tug. More sentimentality and bits of humor are shown as Flanagan's leading men find their mates and settle down. Halt's masculine demeanor is softened by Pauline and, as Will prepares a speech for the marriage of his best friend, Horace, readers will also be rooting for his union with Alyss. Author notes at the beginning of each chapter explain how readers' questions often prompted the stories. While those unfamiliar with the earlier books will enjoy the adventurous tales on their own merit, Lost Stories will be most satisfying for diehard fans reluctant to say goodbye to the series.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY

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