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Seekers: Return to the Wild #1: Island of Shadows Hardcover – February 7, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Seekers: Return to the Wild (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061996343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061996344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In this series starter, a companion to the wildly popular Seeker books, Hunter picks up after the death of the bear Ujurak in an avalanche. The remaining three bears, mourning the loss of their friend, begin the long journey home. Toklo, a brown bear; Lusa, a small black bear; and Kallik, a polar bear are accompanied by Yakone, another polar bear they met on Star Island. Toklo, in particular, misses his friend and is grumpy and difficult. Ujurak, now a starbear, appears to Lusa and Kallik in dreams, encouraging them to “remember what matters most.” The bears encounter great hardship, making their way eventually onto a large island where they encounter a young bear who was driven out by his family. Toklo, sure that the cub has been sent by Ujurak, is determined to protect him. Nanulak’s parents are a polar bear and a brown bear, and the young bear is deeply angry over his “mixed” status, bringing intense discord to the group that threatens to divide them completely. The bears’ journey has only just begun, and clearly there will be many more volumes. Reflecting the realities of the natural world, this new adventure will be greeted with delight by fans of the series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Extensive marketing efforts, including companion websites, social media outreach, and online games, will likely expand the already vast fan base for Hunter’s series. Grades 5-8. --Lynn Rutan

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“Reflecting the realities of the natural world, this new adventure will be greeted with delight by fans of the series.” (Booklist)

Praise for Seekers:“Hunter creates a richly sensuous world filled with cruelty, beauty, tenderness, savagery and just enough underlying legendary background to add mystery…fans of animal fantasies will haunt the shelves for the next volume.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“These stories will be welcomed by the Warriors series’ many fans.” (ALA Booklist)

More About the Author

Erin Hunter is the author of the bestselling Warriors and Seekers series. She is inspired by a love of animals and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as having great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behavior.

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Great introduction book for the new Seekers series!
Amazon Customer
I feel as if I feel what they feel there pain, sadness and grief.
Guy Who Judges Games
Just finished reading this so its more fresh off my mind.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ddyracer on February 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading this so its more fresh off my mind. The book is pretty good. We start to see a relationship between Yakone and Kallik (great pair) and a new character, Nalulak. I found it interesting that the Authors mentioned brown bears and polar bears living together, not something i was aware of. I'm guessing it happens in the wild as well? Anyway, i don't want to reveal anything more, just buy it. But if you are new to the Seekers series i recommend starting from the first book, "The Quest Begins".

Also, the next book according to amazon and other online retailers is coming in 6/5/12 so that's something to look forward to. I just hope this series doesn't become like the warriors, and feel sorta worn out. I still read the warriors but don't buy them any more. It just feels like the Erins are re-bundling ideas and milking the series along. But that's just my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this book! The only problem with it: it was so good I read it too fast! I'm anticipating the next book in the series. Note: You can't just jump in the series, read this book, and expect to know what's going on. The book says,"Book 1", but really it's book one of the second series in Seekers. So you have to read the first series of books before you can read this one, otherwise, you'll be totally lost!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Caveman on October 16, 2012
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The Seekers series is not just for kids. It has been a relaxing pleasure to follow the lives of Toklo, Kallick ans Lusa on their journey. These books and this story beats the tar out of all the unwholesome filthy things on the market. Life is too short to read junk. Be positive and read The Seekers Series.
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I love this book because it has a great storyline and I think Erin Hunter is a genius for coming up with Seekers in the first place. I think this book deserves five stars. My favorite character in the book is Kallik- like it is in every Seekers book- because she has an amazing personality, kind and generous, and I love polar bears. I also really like Lusa! Yakone is a cool twist in the story too. many people think that this is the first Seekers book, but the first book is The Quest Begins, which is also awesome. If you like this series I highly recommend the Warriors series- which most people already read first- which is about cats, and the Survivors series, which is about dogs. I recommend this book to people who like adventure and action. This book has a lot. Don't forget to look out for the manga books for Seekers!
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I loved this book it was great but the end was horrible I thought annular would go back to his family but instead he wanders of alone it was very sad even if he did lie to Tokyo I would have rated five stars if ending was better
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Format: Kindle Edition
it is a good book. it maybe my fave of all the seekers . ( i still like warriors better ).
toklo , kallik, and lusa are on their way home. but some thing happens ;somthing awfull.they meet some one new but can they trust him? toklo thinks the cub they find is from the spirit of their freind ujurak who has died.but is he right?
kallik has found a bear she can love.

but now for warriors
any W.E.H.F. (Warriors or Erin Hunter Fans) here are some names;
warriorspirit
rainstorm
windstorm
thunderstorm
darkshadow
foxtail
lilypond
willowtail
icecloud
cloudedsky
bagerstripe
redberry
deeppool
mudfoot
rabbitfur
darknight
minnowfin
redleaf
graystone
tigerlily
starfur
thunderstep
redberry
and for elders;
lostsight
grayfur
smalltail
tornear
cloudedsight
cloudedeye
sharptough
dappeledear

Flamespirit warrior of thunderclan
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I love animal stories. I really liked the Ga'Hoole books, so I decided to add this series to my Kindle too. I have yet to start it, but I am looking forward to reading all of Erin Hunter's books.
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Lots of details in the stories, and fascinating to see a 9 year old read and re-read with passion these books over and over.
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