We have really been enjoying this series lately. The first book starts with several orphans being chosen to train in different areas of the kingdom. It mostly follows Will, who becomes apprentice to the mysterious rangers (obviously). He quickly becomes involved in more than just training though.
One of my favorite things about it is that even though the books are part of a series, each book is able to stand on its own. They are not over-the-top funny, or high-action. Just a really good read. There are good characters and interesting story lines. And they have the perfect length for their reading level. I just really like these books. I heard they might be making a movie out of this, so now is a good time to read it (before the movie ruins it).
Reading Level: Grade 4 & up