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Ranger's Apprentice series - author   children's fiction   children's   fantasy  
Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Ranger's Apprentice
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y separately published work icon The Royal Ranger Ranger's Apprentice : The Royal Ranger John Flanagan , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2013 14227828 2013 series - author children's fiction children's fantasy
y separately published work icon Ranger’s Apprentice : The Early Years John Flanagan , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8764143 2015 series - author novel fantasy young adult
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y separately published work icon The Ruins of Gorlan John Flanagan , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2004 Z1158117 2004 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'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 . . . ' (Publication summary)

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y separately published work icon The Burning Bridge John Flanagan , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2005 Z1243464 2005 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'As the Kingdom of Araluen prepares for war against Morgarath, Will and Horace accompany the Ranger Gilan on a mission to Celtica. But Celtica's villages and mines are silent. Only an exhausted and starving girl called Evanlyn can tell them why: Morgarath has sent his foul creatures to enslave the Celts. While Gilan rides swiftly back to Araluen to report this news to the King, Will and Horace discover the true purpose behind Morgarath's actions. The Kingdom is sure to be defeated in a surprise three-sided attack - unless they can find a way to prevent it.' (From the publisher's website.)
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y separately published work icon The Icebound Land John Flanagan , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2005 Z1351497 2005 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'The Ranger’s apprentice is about to be sold into slavery - but help can arrive from the most unexpected places . . .

'Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as the captives of the fearsome Skandian wolfship captain, Erak. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise - even defy his King. Expelled from the Rangers, Halt is joined by Horace as he travels through Gallica towards Skandia. On their way, they are constantly challenged by freelance knights - otherwise known as thieving thugs. Horace knows a thing or two about combat, though, and he soon begins to attract the attention of knights and warlords for miles around with his uncanny skill. But will they be in time to rescue Will from a life of slavery?' (Publication summary)

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y separately published work icon Oakleaf Bearers John Flanagan , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2006 Z1351492 2006 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Can sworn enemies fight side by side to save their lives and their kingdoms?

'Just as spring approaches and Will and Evanlyn can finally escape Skandia, Evanlyn is carried off by mysterious horsemen. Will sets out after them, but one boy against six fierce Temujai warriors is impossible odds - even for a Ranger's apprentice. Halt and Horace arrive just in time. But there is no time to celebrate as Halt realises these Temujai are only the scouts for a massive invasion force. The four Araluens must work together with the Skandians to defeat the invaders - if the Oberjarl will accept their help. ' (Publication summary)

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y separately published work icon The Sorcerer in the North John Flanagan , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2006 Z1351502 2006 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'On his first top-secret mission, can the Ranger Will save a new ally from a terrible curse?

'Five years have passed since the Skandians and the Araluans made their treaty, and Will has finally become a Ranger, with his own fief to look after. He soon learns that even sleepy little islands have problems to keep him on his toes.

'Then he and his old friend Alyss are thrown into a terrifying new adventure, investigating the truth behind rumours of sorcery in a remote northern fief. As he stands in Grimsdell Forest, with the horrific, ghostly Night Warrior looming over him, Will must ask himself one question: is there a rational explanation . . . or does sorcery really exist?' (Publication summary)

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y separately published work icon The Siege of Macindaw John Flanagan , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2007 Z1412624 2007 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Will is determined to rescue Alyss - even if it means laying siege to an enemy castle!

'In this desolate northern fief, where can Will find the fighting men he needs to overcome the traitorous Sir Keren and his band of criminals? Across the border, the fierce Scotti tribesmen are waiting for the signal that Castle Macindaw is in friendly hands, and the way is clear to mount a full-scale attack.

'Time is running out. Will's courage and ingenuity - and the arrival of an old friend - may be the only things that stand in their way.' (Publication summary)

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y separately published work icon Erak's Ransom John Flanagan , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2007 Z1412631 2007 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'When Erak, the Skandian Oberjarl, is taken hostage during a raid on the desert lands to the south of the Constant Sea, only a few of his men escape, including Erak's second-in-command, Svengal. The timing couldn't be worse. Svengal arrives to tell King Duncan in the middle of Halt's wedding! The festivities will have to continue without the groom, his best man and the king as they try to work out a plan to pay for Erak's release. Halt and Will must go on the mission, but a royal presence is needed too. The Princess Cassandra - or Evanlyn, as the boys know her - persuades her father to let her go with them. Horace will provide the muscle power, and the Ranger Gilan rounds out the group to make sure that Evanlyn is well protected. In the treacherous desert lands, will violent sandstorms, warring tribes and danger at every turn keep them from reaching Erak in time?' (Publisher's Blurb)
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y separately published work icon The Kings of Clonmel John Flanagan , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2008 Z1550157 2008 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'Will is at the annual Ranger Gathering but Halt is investigating mysterious happenings in the west. When he does finally return, it's with bad news. Hibernia is in turmoil. A religious cult calling themselves the Outsiders are sowing confusion and sedition, and five of the six Hibernian kingdoms have been undermined. Now the sixth, Clonmel, is in danger. Halt, Will and Horace set out to restore order. Can the secrets of Halt's past help them in their mission?' (Publisher's blurb)
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y separately published work icon Halt's Peril John Flanagan , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2009 Z1645569 2009 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'Halt, Horace and Will are on the trail of Tennyson and his followers. The false prophet of the Outsider cult escaped justice for his crimes in Clonmel, and Halt is determined to stop him before he crosses the border into Araluen. Will has defeated one of Tennyson's Genovesan assassins in Clonmel - but there are two left alive. Are the extraordinary archery skills of Will and Halt enough to save them during a duel with the Genovesans . . . or is Will's mentor facing his last battle?'
Source: Ranger's Apprentice website (Sighted 05/04/2011)
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y separately published work icon The Emperor of Nihon-Ja John Flanagan , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2010 Z1708506 2010 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Horace is missing. Months have passed since he was sent on a military mission to the court of the Emperor of Nihon-Jin but has failed to return. Evanlyn is worried, and in company with Will and Alyss, she sets out to discover what has become of their old friend.

'They find that Horace has become embrolied in Nihon-Jin politics. The arrogant Senji Sect has rebelled against the rightful Emperor and Horace has chosen to stay and lend support to the deposed ruler. Now he and Will must turn farm and forest workers into a fighting force that can face the highly trained Senji warriors, while Alyss and Evanlyn must overcome their long-standing rivalry to seek aid from a mysterious group of mountain dwellers.' (From the author's website.)

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y separately published work icon The Lost Stories John Flanagan , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2011 Z1830368 2011 single work children's fiction children's Everyone knows the legends of the Rangers of Araluen. But no one has heard the whole story - until now. Has Halt told Will the truth about how Will became an orphan? Did Gilan track down Morgarath's lieutenant after the battle of Three Step Pass? Is there to be a royal wedding - or will tragedy strike first? (Libraries Australia)

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Know the Author : John Flanagan Margaret Robson Kett (interviewer), 2019 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 33 no. 5 2019; (p. 8-9)
John Flanagan – Author Interview 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: The Australian Literature Review , July 2011;
Publishers Tap into the Experience of Youth Linda Morris , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 July 2011; (p. 10)
Young reviewers are helping shape book covers and even marketing campaigns.
Perseverance Will Pay Off, Top Author Says Kristin Shorten , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8 June 2011; (p. 21)
The Children's Book Council of Australia Judges' Report 2010 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 54 no. 3 2010; (p. 3)
The Ranger's Apprentice: A Series Overview Jo Goodman , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 24 no. 5 2009; (p. 14-15)

— Review of Ranger's Apprentice John Flanagan , 2004 series - author children's fiction
John Flanagan John Cohen , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 49 no. 1 2005; (p. 4-5)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 July 2007; (p. 34)
A column canvassing current literary news including an update on John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series and a report on distribution problems for Michael Wilding's National Treasure.
Where's the Poetry in the Prize Jason Steger , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 15 December 2007; (p. 37)
Author Interview : John Flanagan Rachel Morley (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , February no. 176 2008; (p. 16)
Hollywood Exceeds an Author's Fantasy Laura Parker , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 May 2008; (p. 16)
Laura Parker reports on an offer from United Artists to buy the film rights to John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series.
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