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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A pretty good book, recommended for people who love cats and intense battles with mature action. I loved reading this book and I can't wait to buy the second one. Read morePublished 6 days ago by GameKnight498
Great book really interesting makes you want to read more and more all and All there were lots of surprises great bookPublished 10 days ago by Robert Sanchez
Awesome book loved it. I highly recommended reading it especially if you like animals. I think it would be mouse brained not to read it.Published 12 days ago by Samantha Murphy
I checked out this book from the Overdrive option through our local library. I was surprised at how interesting the book turned out to be. It gave an insight into mind of a cat. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jack R. Upton
I choose 5 stars on this book because I love how it was written. How the author described very thing just made you really understand what was happening and it made you not want to... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sophia
If you are looking for a book with battle, survival, and animals, (especially cats!) this is the book JUST for you! Read morePublished 17 days ago by rdematos
This is a great book. I thought that it was interesting that the queens shared the warriors den when they worked as warriors. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jodi
This book has nothing wrong with it.
Rusty is a kitty pet. He goes into the woods and
joins a clan called thunderclan. There number one
enemy is Shadowclan. Read more