Author of the Month: January 2012

JOHN FLANAGAN

by: Mrs. Conchita Teresa M. Olivares

John Flanagan is the bestselling author of the adventure / fantasy series Ranger’s Apprentice which he wrote to encourage his twelve – year – old son to enjoy reading.The series includes:

Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan
Book 2: The Burning bridge
Book 3: The Icebound land
Book 4: The Battle for Skandia
Book 5: The Sorcerer of the North 
Book 6: The Siege of Macindaw
Book 7: Erak’s ransom
Book 8: The Kings of Clonmel
Book 9: Halt’s Peril
Book 10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja

This series regularly appears in the NEW YORK TIMES list and has been shortlisted for children’s book awards in Australia and overseas.It won several awards such as Honor Book for the Koala Winners in 2009.The seventh book, Erak’s ransom was chosen as the Books of the Year for Older Children and the International Success Award.The first and fourth book won the Aurealis Awards while the third book was highly commended. Then, the first, second and fifth book each earned the Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book.The first book was also the Longlisted for the Ottakar’s Book Prize for 2006–2007 and the first book also was nominated for the Grand Canyon Reader Award in 2008.

John was born on May 22, 1944, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife Leonie, in Sydney, Australia. He is currently writing futher titles in the Ranger’s Apprentice as well as the exciting new Brotherhood series.

He said in an interview that the main theme of his stories is “ the eventual truimph of good overevil”.Other themes include courage, loyalty, and that a person can do anything if they tried hard enough.One review noted that “themes of loyalty, bravery, endurance and friendship leave young readers in safe hands as they learn to navigate dangerous waters on their own.”

References:

Google images. Retrieved January 3, 2012 from http://www.google.com.ph/

Ranger’s apprentice. Retrieved January 3, 2012from http://en.wikipedia.org

Ranger’s apprentice. Retrieved Janury 3, 2012 from http://us.penguingroup.com

Ranger’s apprentice. Retrieved January 3, 2012 from http://www.fictiondb.com

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