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The Outcasts

Flanagan, John (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Hal, Stig, and the other outcasts do not have the size and strength of the Skandians, but when they face off against the Wolves and the Sharks in an ultimate race for survival, they hope that their courage and cunning are enough to help them win in a game that everyone seems to think is a matter of life and death.
Authors: Flanagan, John (John Anthony)
Title: The outcasts
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 434 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
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Summary: Hal, Stig, and the other outcasts do not have the size and strength of the Skandians, but when they face off against the Wolves and the Sharks in an ultimate race for survival, they hope that their courage and cunning are enough to help them win in a game that everyone seems to think is a matter of life and death.
Audience: 5-8
6.3
ISBN: 9780399256196
0399256199
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Statement of Responsibility: John Flanagan
Subject Headings: Friendship Fiction Heroes Fiction Racing Fiction Outcasts Fiction Friendship Juvenile fiction Heroes Juvenile fiction Racing Juvenile fiction Outcasts Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Friendship
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Jul 10, 2014
  • GreyGriffins rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

it is so good but not as well as the series of the ranger's apprentice

Jul 09, 2014
  • Rollond rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I wish character was more Skandanavian like and used an ax yet otherwise great book.

Jun 19, 2014
  • Blue_Dolphin_815 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Just as good if not better than the first time I read it😊

Dec 09, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read the first two titles in Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series a few years back when they were new, and have been enthusiastically recommending them ever since, glad to see they've become quite popular. I haven't made the time to keep up with the series (up to twelve books now), but when I saw this companion series had come out I thought I'd give it's first book a try. That was a good decision, because I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was reminded why I've been recommending Flanagan's books. Now if only this wasn't another series I'll be likely leaving unfinished . . .
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Though I didn't get to the Ranger's Apprentice books set in Skandia and am sure I missed some crossover references and characters, this book stands alone quite nicely. The Skandians are Flanagan's version of Vikings, and the story is about a young man coming of age in that culture. Hal's warrior father died when he was an infant and his mom is a non-Skandian former slave, so he's always felt like an outcast. The closest connection he has to the warrior culture to which he aspires is Thorn, his late father's best friend who lost his hand and became the village drunk. Thorn has reformed himself as Hal has grown, but is still largely an outcast himself. Nevertheless, Hal is extremely smart, a gifted builder and inventor, and aspires to fit in. So he begins his brotherband training--a bit like school, a lot like military boot camp--with both fear and hope, then finds himself in the unlikely position of leader of the team of misfits.
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I couldn't help but identify with and root for Hal and the underdog outcasts, and I found myself quite caught up in their adventures. This is another one I'll be frequently recommending.

May 11, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book!! i love the competition scenes

Apr 01, 2013
  • alexandred rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

its a good book, but i prefer the rangers apprentice, its just better books.

I thought it was very good. Just as good as the rangers apprentice.

Oct 12, 2012
  • _Abi_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

awesome book!!!!!! RA is better though.

Aug 11, 2012
  • FieryCold rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sounds intertesting

Jul 26, 2012
  • smtwngrl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One mark of the Ranger's Apprentice books were that they were nearly always fast-paced.

If you are expecting that in this new series, you may be disappointed. In fact, it took me 70 or so pages even to start to get into it. Once it gets going, though, it is more interesting. If you finish the book, you will be glad you did.

Just as the main characters in the Ranger's Apprentice did, the characters in this new series also start out as underlings.

Unlike Will, who started his training second to Halt, Hal doesn't have a strong character overseeing his training. Yes, there is Thorn, who is like a relative and teaches him important things. He is a mentor, but he is not directly involved in the Brotherband training.

The instructors in the Brotherband training don't seem as strong as mentors as the instructors in the other series.

Because of that, and the strong competition between the Brotherband groups, Hal has to be a stronger leader right away than Will had to be starting out.

Despite the fact that this isn't the Ranger's Apprentice series, it is entertaining, suspenseful, and very funny in places.

John Flanagan likes to end his books leaving you ready for more, and this book is no exception. I can't wait to start the 2nd Brotherband book.

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May 11, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

red_crocodile_191 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 11

Apr 01, 2013
  • alexandred rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

alexandred thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Feb 25, 2013
  • orange_eagle_41 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 11, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: just action no violence except one scene but the 2nd book has some

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Puppet interviews John Flanagan

City Library Spokespuppet Earl E. Literacy interviews "Ranger's Apprentice" series author John Flanagan. They talk about John's new book, his connection to his characters, how his books connect to his family and how young writers can better plan their stories.

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