No more Potter books. No more Percy Jackson. Where can kids get their adventure fix?

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Why to John Flagman's Ranger's Apprentice Series, of course. 


In this series Mr... Flanagan has created a world similar to that of our medieval world. Complete with castles, knights, kingdoms and adventure. When we meet will he is an orphan and ward of castle Redmont in the Kingdom of Araluen. Will is a small boy, but makes good use of his size and ability to sneak. That is to move without being seen. As well as his ability to climb anything that offers a good foothold. Both of these talents combined to get him into some trouble with the castle chef over some pilfered pastries. 


Will had heard tell that his father was a brave warrior killed in battle, and would like nothing more than to become a knight like his father. However his size does present a problem, in that he is too small to train as a knight. When it seems all is lost and Will won't be chosen to apprentice anyone a spectral being steps from the shadows and whispers something in the baron's ear. The spectral being, is none other than the famously feared ranger, Halt. It is said he possesses some black magic that allows him to move unseen and blend with the shadows. Is it true? You will have to read the books to find that out. 


What I will tell you, and as the series' title gives away is this; Halt takes Will to be his apprentice. And through his apprenticeship we get a look at the training and day-to-day life of a ranger of the Kingdom of Araluen. Exciting stuff, and that is just the beginning. 


Adventures abound for Will and his friends. Each one helping to shape them into what they are truly meant to be. Heroes.


So far there have been six books released in the series, and not one disappoints!

by B&N Bookseller melissas on ‎08-20-2009 03:39 PM
I agree! Each of these books has brought something new to the table. The characters grow more interesting while the adventures get more intense. This series is definitely on my "must-read-the-day-it's-released" list.
by B&N Bookseller JL_Garner on ‎08-23-2009 04:45 PM
No less than an hour after I read your recommendation, I had a customer ask for help; he'd already blown through Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and the Eragon books, and I was able to suggest this as a new series to try. Thanks!
by ZACKWOLFWALKER on ‎08-26-2010 07:59 PM

This book series is one of my favorites and I have recommended it to all my friends who like to read these kind of stories it is cool to know that other people like them to besides us.

by B&N Bookseller Bonnie_W on ‎08-27-2010 09:53 AM

Great series.  I'm not very far into it yet (I should pick it up again), but I really enjoy it so far and like recommending it to others.  I will say, however, that technically, there *is* more Percy Jackson coming.  Granted, he won't be the main character, but he will be in Rick Riordan's companion series entitled "Heroes of Olympus" coming out on Oct. 12th.

by dketcham on ‎08-27-2010 12:13 PM

I LOVE the Ranger's Apprentice series. I have to admit that I am usually way ahead of the American audience on this series because I can't stand to wait for the new books. I buy them direct from Australia.


This is a great book series for tweens, boys or girls, but I am especially glad to see a series that deals with boys coming of age and having a male mentor. My daughter loves the humor. She is always giggling as she reads them. You can also be sure that there won't be any sex or unnecessary violence, while still lots of adventure.


For anyone who lives around Austin, Texas or doesn't mind getting there kids here, there is a summer camp based on Ranger's Apprentice, the same way there is for Camp Half-Blood. This past summer was the first year for the camp. My kids got their Ranger cloaks and Oak Leaf pin.



by B&N Bookseller melissas on ‎09-02-2010 01:21 AM

Can I go to Ranger camp? What I wouldn't do for an Oak Leaf pin. I bet this would be the best summer camp ever. Especially if we got to ride Ranger horses!

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