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The Ranger’s Apprentice – Review by Siohban

The Ranger’s Apprentice – Review by Siohban

Ruins of Gorlan

Siohban says,

This book is about a young orphan boy named Will. Will lives with a group of other orphans who were raised by the Baron Arald, known as wards. Choosing day is when the wards turning fifteen get a chance to be an apprentice to one of the masters of the many different crafts that serve the castle and its people. Will is worried that he won’t get chosen, and will have to work on a farm. This is his worst fear.

When Will first arrived at Castle Redmont, he was in a basket with only a note that said, “His mother died in childbirth. His father died a hero. Please care for him. His name is Will.”. Will dreams of his father as a soldier who died during the battle of Hackham Heath, and wishes to go to Battleschool to honor his father, but Will is not built well for Battleschool. He is short and thin, but can move quickly and easily without being seen. Eventually, he gets chosen to apprentice a Ranger.

Official Website Ranger’s Apprentice

Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice

#1 The Ruins of Gorlan on CDeBook
#2 The Burning Bridge on CDeBook
#3 The Icebound Land on CDeBook
#4 The Battle for Skandia on CD
#5 The Sorcerer in the North on CDeBook
#6 The Siege of Macindaw on CDeBook
#7 Erak’s Ransom on CD
#8 The Kings of Clonmel on CD
#9 Halt’s Peril on CD
#10 The Emperor of Nihon-Jin on CD

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Book News – New Camp Half-Blood Series: The Heroes of Olympus

Book News – New Camp Half-Blood Series: The Heroes of Olympus

riordan-medal1The second series by Rick Riordan, the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, is also about Camp Half-Blood and will be called The Heroes of Olympus. The first book, called The Lost Hero, will come out October 12, 2010.

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood.. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods.

Sounds good!

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Max Cassidy Escape from Shadow Island

Max Cassidy Escape from Shadow Island

Max Cassidy Escape from Shadow Island

Max is not a run of the mill middle school kid. On some nights and weekends he does his own show as the world’s most famous escape artist. Handcuffs, straight jackets, shackles, locked boxes…Max is an expert lock picker and can get out of all kinds of traps, even while submerged underwater. He even knows how to swallow a key…and then bring it back up on command. Ick. But impressive.

Max learned everything from his Dad, who is now dead. Max’s mother is in prison for killing his father. Max knows she’s innocent, but in the two years since her trial nothing has come of her appeal.  The day a mysterious stranger appears offering information about the circumstances of his Dad’s death, Max is immediately interested. He arrives at the agreed upon rendezvous point only to discover the mysterious stranger dead.

Obviously there are people keeping secrets, people who don’t want Max finding out anything; people who don’t want Max or anyone else asking uncomfortable questions. But Max has had enough. During his weekly prison visits he has watched his Mom slowly lose weight and lose hope. Max is ready to take action and ask questions later. When the bad guys decide to shut him up and lock him up, they just don’t know who they’re dealing with. Author: Paul Adam

More undercover kids who take on bad guys with kid skills. Sometimes being a kid is a great cover. People just don’t expect much. Their loss.
STORM The Infinity Code Alex Rider Stormbreaker Alibi Junior High
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Northward to the Moon

Northward to the Moon

Northward to the Moon

Jane Lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her stepfather Ned, her mom , her sister and her two little brothers. If you look at a map, Saskatchewan is above Montana…right in the middle of land. Jane used to live in a beach house in Massachusetts, now she’s stuck in a crummy little house in the middle of the never-ending prairie. It’s dry and it doesn’t feel at all like home.

After living in Canada for a year Ned gets fired from his  job teaching French at the local high school, the job that brought the family to Canada in the first place. It took the town that long to figure out that Ned didn’t speak any French.

What? Ned moved his family across a continent for a job teaching French…when he didn’t even speak French? Well now, that tells you a little something about Ned doesn’t it? Ned and Jane’s Mom like to wing it. They like to adventure. They’re fun. They like to pack up and leave and see what happens. But when you’re their kid, that kind of winging can be kind of hard. Jane realizes that between the two of them the fate of her and her sister and brothers will be decided…again, and she isn’t too sure she wants them in charge!

And just when things can’t get any dicier,  Ned gets a phone call and decides to visit an old friend. Ned loads everybody up to visit Mary and finds that she has a surprise for him, a bag left by his brother John, a brother he hasn’t seen or spoken to for years.

Ned takes the bag, stupefied.
 “Open it,” I urge.
 “Yeah,” he says, shaking himself like a dog. “Right.”
 He opens the duffel bag.
 It is full of money.

Whooah. Weren’t expecting that were you? Me either! Follow Jane and her family as they track down members of Ned’s family and learn their stories. Jane finds out that life is unpredictable  just like the people in it! Author: Polly Horvath

Kids at the mercy of the decisions of the adults around them – that’s kind of the state of every kid isn’t it? Parents decide to move or get a new job, get a dog or not get a dog…all kids can relate to the powerlessness of being a kid. If you liked Jane and following her adventure adapting to the whims of her parents – try some of these kids. The first one, My One Hundred Adventures, is Polly Horvath’s first book about Jane and her family.
My One Hundred Adventures Every Soul a Star The Year the Swallows Came Early My Life in Pink and Green
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The Two Princesses of Bammare Review by Mattea

The Two Princesses of Bammare Review by Mattea

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

With her adventurous sister, Meryl, suffering from the Gray death, meek and timid Princess Addie sets out to find a cure. Author: Gail Carson Levine

This book was a very good mix of fantasy and adventure. The main plot is about Addie,a princess,who always relied on her sister Meryl to provide protection from spiders and other things she was scared of. This all changes when Meryl falls victim to the Gray Death, a plague that has no known cure. With the help of her friend Rhys, a sorceror in training, Addie sets out on a quest on which she gets captured by a dragon, fooled by a specter, battles an ogre and defeats gryphons. The end is so surprising, it was a real page-turner! -by Mattea

Thanks Mattea for the great review.  I haven’t read that one yet but will add it to my list.

If you like reading about Addie, try these other princess heroine stories by Gail Carson Levine. Perhaps you have heard of Ella Enchanted, it was made into a movie starring Anne Hathaway (the actress who played Mia in The Princess Diaries). The book is better!
Fairest Ella Enchanted Ever The Fairy's Return
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