Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Royal Ranger

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Royal Ranger

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Title: The royal ranger, Book 12 from the Ranger's apprentice series

Author: John Flanagan

Publisher: Random House, 2013

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It was with fairly high expectations that I picked up this novel, courtesy of a Year 9 student from some years ago who had told me with great excitement all about the novel he (yes, he!) was reading and how it was so good that he would have to read the rest of the series. I have to admit that I was surprised when I found that The royal ranger is the twelfth and final in the series; it is testament to the obvious story-telling ability of John Flanagan and the strength of the characters he creates.

The royal Ranger of the title in this novel is Madelyn, more commonly known as Maddie, the wilful and spoilt daughter of Princess Cassandra and Sir Horace, the Oakleaf Knight. She is apprenticed to Will Treaty, her godfather and the most famous of the Rangers, but who is struggling after the senseless and sudden death of his wife Alyss. In a similar plot structure to novels such as those in the Harry Potter series, the orientation determines how much Maddie and Will need each other, before the training and then the inevitable test of skill, courage and character. Although it is clear that avid readers of the series have witnessed the growth of the two main characters as well as those on the fringe through their exploits in previous novels, there was no problem with following the story, even though I hadn't read any before. …

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