gorlangood.jpgThe Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
To read an interview with the author about how he developed the Ranger's Apprentice series, check the website: library.christchurch.org.nz/Pulse/features/RangersApprentice/

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