Book Review: The Ruins of Gorlan

by Melissa on December 16, 2009 · 0 comments

in 9-12, Adventure, Fantasy, Good book for boys

Title: The Ruins of Gorlan
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 1
Publisher: Puffin
Author: John Flanagan
Lexile: [?] 920L
ATOS Level: [?] 7.0
Parent Rating:
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Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
Go For Age Range: 9-12


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.


I was pleasantly suprised at this book.  The cover made me think it was darker then it turned out to be.  It’s a good read-strong male characters.  It focuses on some of the coming-of-age struggles the boys have, but I think girls who like fantasy and adventure books will enjoy this, too.


Level 1 [?]

Sexual Content

A girl kisses a boy.


Adults drink beer.


There are multiple fight scenes, but nothing very graphic.  The bullying scenes are the most disturbing, but the bullied kid overcomes it in the end.


Some stereotyping of boys and girls roles.  There is some serious physical and emotional bullying of one of the characters.  There are some slightly creepy bad creatures, but not a lot of detail so not too scary.



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