Monday, December 10, 2012

MMGM - Brotherband Chronicles


Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. 

Brotherband Chronicles
The Outcasts: Book 1

by John Flanagan
 
Blurb:
They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing.


John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice, creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill readers of Ranger's Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.

The Ranger's Apprentice is a favorite in my house--even my husband read and loved them, which is highly unusual. He is strictly into adult non-fiction most of the time. Needless to say, when this series came out, the demand for them was high and we had to take turns passing the book around. Happily, no one was disappointed. John Flanagan is a master of middle grade fiction, and does a wonderful job of balancing characters in a way that is appealing to both boy and girl readers. This is another great series full of fantastic adventure and likeable characters!

 

17 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Great that these got the thumbs up from hubby! I always love it when books you'd not normally read totally enthrall you!! Yay! take care
x

Barbara Watson said...

My son read and re-read the Ranger Apprentice series, and I'm sure he's seen these too. I'll have to ask and make sure.

Rosi said...

Thanks for telling me about this book. I think it looks like a lot of fun, and I think my grandson would love it.

Heather said...

These do sound like a lot of fun! The cover is great too. Thanks for turning us onto them.

Pam Torres said...

Great review! Finding books for middle grade boys is often difficult. This sounds like an exciting read.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I read a few Ranger Apprentice books in audio version and enjoyed them. Hope this comes out that way too.

Jemi Fraser said...

How did I not know about this????? I love the Ranger's Apprentice books - must go get this one!!

Gina C said...

Sounds like a great series for kids to get attached to. Thanks for sharing :)

Charmaine Clancy said...

Great to see more fiction for boys emerging to tempt the reluctant readers--and husbands :)

Carolyn V said...

Ohhhh, it sounds so good! I'm always looking for something for my boys to read. Thanks for posting Shannon!

akossiwaketoglo.com said...

I have yet to try this series so I'm adding them to my list.
Thanks for the feature.

~Akoss

theaccidentalnovelist said...

never read 'em before. looks "swashbuckling." Who doesn't love outcast adventures? :-)

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm ashamed to admit I still haven't read Ranger's Apprentice.

DMS said...

I was told I must read The Ranger's Apprentice series- but I still haven't picked them up. Hearing that your husband loves them too- makes me think I should get started. This sounds like another fabulous book!
~Jess

Ms. Yingling said...

I have Hunters right here beside me, and am planning a nice day of curling up with it!

Jen Daiker said...

I'm reading a ton of Middle Grade to catch up on all the amazing novels I've missed. And now that I'm writing them I think it's important to read what you write... after all, isn't that a wise rule?

Hope your Christmas was beyond fabulous!

Deb Marshall said...

I am so looking forward to starting this series, I must say. Book shopping spree in in my horizon oh yes it is!

Hope you are enjoying these Holidays and Happy New Year!

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