The Ruins of Gorlan is the first book in a terrific series for late elementary and middle graders called Ranger’s Apprentice. Will is left in a basket at Castle Redmond as a baby with only a note that says that his mother died and his father died a hero. Will grows up as a ward of the Castle Arald. The wards of the castle are assigned apprenticeships when they become teenagers. Will hopes to become a warrior just as he imagines his father was. To be a warrior, he must train at Battle School. However, when the Choosing Day arrives, Will is apprenticed to a Ranger. As Will learns his new trade, he also learns to appreciate the important role the Rangers hold in defending the kingdom.
Ranger’s Apprentice is an intelligent series, drawing readers in and keeping them engaged. There are 10 books in the series and a book of Lost Stories. Highly recommended for fourth grade through middle school.