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  • Published: 1 September 2009
  • ISBN: 9781864719048
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $23.00

Ranger's Apprentice 1

The Ruins Of Gorlan


Soon to be a major TV series!

'Up there with young Harry Potter' MANLY DAILY
'Unstoppable action and riveting reading' GOOD READING
'A rousing story of heroism and friendship' LIMELIGHT
'Battles, swordplay, strategy… an action-packed battle adventure' VIEWPOINT

Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont's Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic.

Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger's secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony. It may not be the sword and battlehorse he longs for, but when Will and Halt set out on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King, Will finds that a Ranger's weapons are not so useless after all . . .

Young readers will discover the power of courage over convention and revel in the exciting blend of skill, resilience, and unexpected heroism that defines this compelling series.



'So good I couldn't put it down.' Robere, age 12
'It shows the real meaning of brain over brawn. I loved it.' Dylan, age 14
'To John Flanagan, I just finished your book and it was awesome!' Edward, age 12
'A great story… I could read it all over again!' Samantha, age 12
'It was fantastic! I can't wait to read more.' Leigh, age 15
'Absolutely love EVERYTHING about this book!!!' Kate, age 12
  • Published: 1 September 2009
  • ISBN: 9781864719048
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $23.00

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About the author

John Flanagan

John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband adventure series have sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. His books are available in more than one hundred countries, are regularly on the New York Times bestseller list, and have had multiple award shortlistings and wins in Australia and overseas. John, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife in a Sydney beachside suburb.

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Praise for Ranger's Apprentice 1

* Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book 2005

* Finalist, 2004 Aurealis Award for Children's Novel - Long Fiction

* Longlisted, Ottakar's Children's Book Prize 2006-2007, UK

Awards & recognition

Aurealis Award

Finalist  •  2004  •  Children’s Novels

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DIY Ranger's Apprentice cloak

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