Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 27, 2011

It’s never to late to get started on reading some great series. And if you’re already reading them, here are a few new entries.

Redwall is a fantasy series, set in an abbey populated by animals, by Brian Jacques. The first book in this long-running series, Redwall, was written in 1986, and every year or so since then has seen a new title in the series. Unfortunately Brian Jacques died in February, 2011, and the latest book, The Rogue Crew, might be the final book. Some of the titles in this series are available also as graphic novels, eBooks and on CD.





Warriors by Erin Hunter is a series of books which follows the adventures of four Clans of wild cats in their forest homes. Erin Hunter is a pseudonym [a fictitious or “Pen Name”] used by authors Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, and Tui Sutherland; the plot is developed by editor Victoria Holmes of HarperCollins Publishers.

There are currently four series, each containing six books. The first, Warriors (often called “Original Series” to differentiate it from the later series), was published from 2003 to 2004. Warriors: The New Prophecy, published from 2005 to 2006, followed the first series, chronicling the Clans as they move to a new home. The third story arc, Warriors: Power of Three, was published from 2007 to 2009. The current series, Warriors: Omen of the Stars, began with The Fourth Apprentice, which was released on November 24, 2009, and continues where the third series left off. A fifth series is planned.






Ranger’s Apprentice is a series of fantasy novels written by Australian author John Flanagan. The first title in the series, The Ruins of Gorlan, was released  in the United States in 2005.  The series follows the adventures of Will, an orphan who is taken as an apprentice Ranger, as he strives to keep the Kingdom of Araluen safe from invaders, traitors, and threats. He is joined on his adventures by his mentor Halt and his best friend Horace. Author John Flanagan has stated that he will be writing a total of 12 books for the series, and is currently working on a new series in the same world, but with new characters, taking place in Skandia.

The story takes place in a fictional world based on European medieval times.  The series was originally 20 short stories Flanagan wrote for his son to get him interested in reading. Ten years later, Flanagan found the stories again and decided to turn them into a book. Some of the titles in this series are available as eBooks and on CD.

The latest title is The Emperor of Nihon-Ha and it is the tenth book in the series.



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