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Warriors, Book 1: Into the Wild [Hardcover]

Erin Hunter
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Jan. 9 2003 Warriors (Erin Hunter) (Book 1)
Fire alone can
save our Clan...

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying -- and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . Who may yet turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up-Rusty, a young "kittypet" (house cat), yearns for adventure. When he's offered the chance to join the ThunderClan, one of the gangs of feral cats in the area, he doesn't hesitate. Renamed Firepaw, he becomes an apprentice and begins to train as a warrior. After rescuing Yellowfang, ex-medicine cat for the ShadowClan who has fled for her life, Firepaw and the other ThunderClan members find themselves in the middle of a turf war against the rival gang, led by the nefarious Brokenstar. There's a traitor in their midst, though, and Firepaw must learn more than just hunting and fighting to survive. The author has created an intriguing world with an intricate structure and mythology, and an engaging young hero. The supporting cast of players is large and a little confusing, but there are standouts who give dimension to the tale. The difficult life of a feral cat is described in some detail, and a fair amount of violence is included. The ending is left ambiguous-there is definitely more to come. This is not as elegantly written as Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel), but it's another option for fans of animal adventure/fantasy stories.
Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 6-9. For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to laws laid down by powerful ancestral clans. But now things are changing: ShadowClan has banished WindClan and is threatening RiverClan and ThunderClan by insisting on hunting rights within their territories. What's more, each year the TwoLegs encroach further into the forest, and prey is becoming scarce. A prophecy reveals, "Fire alone can save [the] Clan." Into this dangerous situation wanders a "kittypet," a young, bright orange tomcat whose courage earns him, despite objections by some, a place as an apprentice ThunderClan warrior and the new name of Firepaw. In this first spine-tingling episode in the planned Warriors series, Firepaw learns the ways of the wild life, facing many dangers and treachery both within and without his new clan. Intelligence notwithstanding, the cat characters are true to their feline nature, making this sure to appeal to fans of Clare Bell's long-popular Ratha's Creature (1983) and its sequels and also to followers of Brian Jacques' ongoing Redwall series. Sally Estes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire Alone Will Save Our Clan.... Sept. 18 2005
This series is a must-read!
My friend told me about these books, and I read the first one in less than a day, it was so amazing! Then I got the second through sixth books, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, and The Darkest Hour. They are all every bit as good as the first! These books are amazing, Erin Hunter (Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry) puts you right there with Rusty/Firepaw/Fireheart, and makes you feel as if you've known all the cats for your whole life. I love these books. The authour thinks up creative names for everyday things, like roads are called Thunderpaths, people are called Twolegs, and housecats are called Kittypets. Strangely, though, dogs are called dogs. READ THESE BOOKS!!! ERIIN HUNTER ROCKS!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Series I Have Ever Read March 2 2007
Do not be fooled by the reading level of Erin Hunter's Warriors series! The books are listed as 9-12 age level, but as a 32 year old cat lover, I have been absolutely enthralled with every novel in this series. I have both laughed out loud, and cried my eyes out while following the lives and adventures of these cats. I highly reccomend to every cat lover that you begin this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rusty to Firepaw to Fireheart June 1 2004
By A Customer
O.k., there's a cat, who is a housecat. He has a black and white cat friend named Smugde, who warns him about going into the wild. He doesn't listen, (of course), and he ventures out into the wild. His housecat name is Rusty, and when he meets this cat clan, (called Thunder Clan), the leader, (Bluestar), gives him a chance to be a warrior. What he finds is adventure.. and finds many secrets! I mean, this book is FUN! With a fantastic prolouge that gets you used to a confusing plot with many lies, (by one cat), without explaining it to you when the time comes. Really, that would be boring. You really want to know the scene. Like knowing a secret before all of the cats do. So, I REALLY, REALLY think you should read this. I've only read the first book in this saga, but I'm going to read every single one that comes out. Like some people are fanatics and are hooked to Harry Potter. Well, this is better. It's ALL about cats, fantasy, action, mystery, and adventure. First Rusty had the name Rusty, then he had the name Firepaw, (when he was training to be a warrior in the clan), and then once he's a real, admired, warrior, and after much adventure, his name is changed to Fireheart. The rest of the book you have to find out about yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warriors: Into the Wild March 25 2004
Warriors: Into the Wild
Erin Hunter
This book is the best. When I started reading it I had my doubts. However, soon I was enveloped in the fierce yet ineresting society of the four great clans. This is a great book that should be read by anybody who is fascinated by how dangerous the natural world can be. Erin Hunter has truly made a great jump start on a brand new series.
The book starts out as a young housecat named Rusty finally succumbs to his curiosity of the forest and ventures in. He is soon attacked by a young cat called Graypaw. He uses his wits to defend himself by using his wits and succeeds in winning the match. Unbeknownst to him, to other cats were watching close by. However, he is offered by the leaders a chance to join their clan as a member. After he ponders this for one day, he jois their clan as Firepaw. After Firepaw learns the mysterious ways of the clans, he learns that the powerful Shadowclan is starting to control all the territories, and Wind clan has suffered from their wrath. Thunderclan is the only one that can stop it. Firepaw leads a small but determined army to stop it. I don't want to ruin the ending, but anybody should be able to enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 21 2003
By A Customer
This book overwhelmed me with passion for Rusty. One day Rusty was sitting on the fence of his home when his curiosity got the better of him, and he ventured into the forest he endlessly stared at his entire life. Suddenly a wild cat attacked him as he was stroling along. Using all of his witts he eventually through him off and sat starring at his opponent who lost all of his aggresion at once. The cat introduced himself as Graypaw, an apprentice warrior. Then the clan leader, Bluestar, of those wild cats came out of her hiding spot. Obviously she witnessed the entire thing. Suprizingly she praised Rusty for his good fighting, in spite of his origin as a housecat, and asks him to join the clan. Throughout the book, Rusty (or known as Firepaw when he joins the clan) is faced with difficulties from his past and present. He strives to shut out the jokes about him, and tries his hardest to become a warrior to protect his clan. As I read the book I was litiraly jumping with excitement. Anyone who loves cats will at least like this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book!!! March 18 2003
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
This is possibly one of the best books of all time (which I almost dare not say because of my faithfulness to the Animorphs series [which I also very highly recommend]). This action-packed tale is full of suspense and a must have for cat lovers. The author gives an idea of what might actually go on in our cats mind and shows how complicated cats really are.
Here's the basic plot: Ther are four clans of wild cats that rule the forest, following laws laid down by their great ancestors. Anyone who disobeys these laws is punished. But humans are moving in, and prey is becoming scarce, so some clans are desperate enough to break one of the top laws, and are hunting in other clans' territories. Battles pursue and thus warriors now are becoming as scarce as the prey. One clan, the Thunderclan, is so desperate that they take in a "kittypet," a cat raised by humans. Rusty, a young kitten, shows the skills needed to be a warrior, and is invited into the clan with the new name of Firepaw, even though some are not sure of his worth. More problems arise, and the story continues with several questions running through your head, one of which is this: Will Rusty prove his worth as a warrior, or be forbidden to forever live as a "kittypet"?
This tale never quits surprising you. It's so good that as soon as I started reading it, I couldn't put it down, and thus finished the 272 paged book in half of a day (not that I'm saying it's too easy and is a kiddy book, it surely isn't, I'm ten in an advanced students program, TAG, and I enjoyed it and would recommend it to kids ranging from a smart 9 year old to a 12 year old, or even older). I can't wait to get the next one! I hope you liked my review, and enjoy the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best series of books of all time
The best series of books of all time. I am a cat aficionada and even though these stories are written for young adults, they were the most enjoyable books I have ever read.
Published 11 days ago by bffraser
2.0 out of 5 stars just bad
this series is a do not read i hate rusty firepaw fireheart bluestar the lead of cats is dumd leting a kittypet joing the clan rusty is the kittypet and graypaw rusty a.k. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!!!
Not even kidding with how much i enjoyed this book.1st things first don't listen to the age recommendation it is not for kids only! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Daniel Khesali
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliched and Predictable
It took me a while to like this book. First, the plot is pretty much cliched and predictable. Second, and mostly, I just had a hard time warming up to the animals. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2007 by Nicola Mansfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Well...let's just say, "Pretty good"
Ahh...warriors. This is a refreshing series, (and you can read my review on the other books if you want! Read more
Published on April 3 2006 by That person who keeps their name a secret.
5.0 out of 5 stars Into The Wild
The First book in the Warriors series.
DEFINITLY read this one first, I made the mistake of reading the second one before it, READ THIS ONE FIRST!!! Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars This i the best book!!!!!
this book should get more than 5 stars... (...) and usually i hate reading. my friend described the whole book to me and my friend and at the time we didn't care cause we were at... Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Andrea and Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOSH!
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the ouside world? What wild cats are really doing when they are not being raised by twolegs? If you are wondering, I have the book for you! Read more
Published on June 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever!
This book is one of the best books I have ever read! Definetley in my top 5! I thought that the first chapter of this book wasn't that interesting, but after that first chapter you... Read more
Published on June 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
this book really mezmerized me i couldent put it down. well as you know its about a cat named rusty who is asked to become a warrior. if you want to learn more read the book!
Published on June 12 2004
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