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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
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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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My son loved the book and read it in no time. Highly recommended for 10yrsPublished 10 months ago by MC
i am already ordering power of three but this one is really good the first 30 pages or so that start it off are kinda boring but pretty important if u want to find out what happens... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marilea Vosper
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 12 months ago by bffraser
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Michael Lesley
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Daniel Khesali
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 morePublished on Oct. 18 2007 by Nicola Mansfield
Ahh...warriors. This is a refreshing series, (and you can read my review on the other books if you want! Read morePublished on April 3 2006 by That person who keeps their name a secret.
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
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 morePublished on July 17 2004 by Andrea and Susan