The Outcasts: Book One
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|Format:||Paperback, 464 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 March 2012|
There is only one way to become a warrior. Boys are chosen for teams called Brotherbands and must endure months of gruelling battles in the treacherous sea. Hal finds himself the unwilling leader of a band of outcasts, the boys that no one wants. They are small and wiry but what they lack in size, they make up with skill and courage. Now they must battle against the other bands in the ultimate race where there can only be one winner. The icy waters make the sea a dangerous playing field. Especially when - for some - this is anything but a game ...
About the Author
John Flanagan is the award-winning author of Ranger's Apprentice series and its spin-off series Brotherband. He lives in the beachside Sydney suburb of Manly.
A spin-off series from the creator of the international bestselling series, Ranger's Apprentice
First in the Brotherband Chronicles, a companion series to the bestselling Ranger's Apprentice books, this nautical adventure from Flanagan takes place in the northern land of Skandia. The story concerns Hal Mikkelson, who's half Skandian and half-well, it doesn't really matter. He's considered a half-breed, an "Araluen weasel," which means that he has to work twice as hard as others to gain respect. Having turned 16, Hal must join a brotherband, a group of boys whose entire future-and, most importantly, their status as potential crewmembers and raiders on a wolfship-is dependent on how well they compete against other brotherbands, both individually and as a team. Although he's brilliant, Hal is relegated to a group of castoffs and losers who look to him for leadership. Loosely modeled on Viking culture, the Skandians value courage, seamanship, and brute strength. This enjoyable, old-fashioned tale should have easy appeal for Flanagan's many fans, who are already invested in the world he's created. It features relatable though somewhat minimally developed characters, most of whom are clearly identified as either heroes or villains. Ages 10-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
John Flanagan is the award-winning author of Ranger's Apprentice series and its new spin-off series Brotherband. He lives in the beachside Sydney suburb of Manly.
|Publisher: ||Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)|
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 12.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.33 kg)|