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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Survivors (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062102567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062102560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Hunter expertly explores the tensions between responsibility and freedom; risk and safety; and loyalty and acceptance. Viewing the unfolding adventure through Lucky’s eyes makes even the most mundane or familiar seem alive with magic. Wild and wonderful adventure for middle-graders.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Young readers will find plenty to like here, from the fast-moving plot, to the characterizations of individual dogs. A promising start for the many fans of the Warriors and Seekers adventure series.” (Booklist)

From the Back Cover

Lucky is a golden-haired mutt with a nose for survival. He has always been a Lone Dog, relying on his instincts to get by. Other dogs have Packs, but Lucky stands alone.

Then the Big Growl strikes. Suddenly, the ground is split wide open. The Trap House is destroyed. And all the longpaws have disappeared.

Now Lucky is trapped in a strange and desolate new world with no food, foul water, and enemies at every turn. He falls in with others left behind, including his littermate Bella, a Leashed Dog. Relying on other dogs—and having them depend on him—brings new dangers that Lucky isn't prepared for, but he may not be able to survive on his own. Can Lucky ever be a true Pack Dog?

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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My 12 year old son loved it.
Lucky, the main character of the book, struggles to find the true dog he is.
great game
This book was very well written and the plot was exciting.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By noodleseatpie on August 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was apprehensive about the book after reading the first few pages. The voice of the writing is entirely different from the other team of writers that use the Erin Hunter tag name and I wasn't sure how I felt about it. As I read on, however, I became more used to the sound of these new writers and fell into the writing pretty easily. I really like the lore ( Sun-Dog, Forest-Dog, etc ) and it adds a feeling of magic to the story. While the names are sort of silly ( Lucky or Bella, for example ) some of them make sense given that they are pets, not strays. Each character has its own personality though a few fall flat. Overall it's a very good read and I'm looking forward to the next books. However, if you're looking for a dog version of Warriors you're in the wrong place. Come into this book expecting something entirely different and you'll be fine.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By fryfan13 on August 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just finished this book, and I was caught into it like a longpaw off guard during the Big Growl. It was a great read, and follows seven dog, six of them trying to get back to their owners, the 7th a stray teaching them to survive on their own because a hurricane drove all their people away. I won't reveal anymore, but this was a great read, and I'm fourteen.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on September 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Lucky is the type of dog who prefers being alone. That's the way it's been most of his life; he's responsible for no one except himself and has no one to answer to, especially those bossy humans. He actually pities those dogs who are tied to the end of a leash. Lucky is wild and free, and that's how he wants it to stay.

But that's not what happens when he gets arrested by a dog catcher and thrown into the animal shelter. Sure, he gets food every day, and the humans appear caring and kind, but he still longs for his freedom. Before Lucky can do anything about his situation, the Big Growl strikes the city. The huge earthquake shakes the ground, splits it open and destroys many buildings. Lucky barely escapes the shelter with his life, while others aren't so fortunate. Everything has changed with the Big Growl. Most of the humans are gone, and the dogs left behind will have to care for themselves. Fortunately, Lucky has experience surviving on his own, and even prefers it to living in a dog pack. Still, the rules have changed since the Big Growl, oil has seeped into the rivers, food is more scarce, and buildings topple with the brush of a tail. Still, Lucky is confident that he will be just fine all on his own.

Then he runs into his sister, Bella, and a group of her friends. Lucky and Bella haven't seen each other since they were tiny pups, and she has lived quite a different life from him. Bella and her friends have always been pampered pets, and are completely clueless about living in the wild. Lucky decides he'll stick around for a short while to teach them how to survive, how to find food, water, shelter, and how to watch out for danger; he at least owes his sister that. But Lucky is definitely not interested in becoming part of a dog pack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JJB on April 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
*Spoiler Alert *
Here are some word definitions:
Loud cages: Monsters: Cars.
Trap House: the Pound.
Forest-dog and etc: Starclan: religion.
Fierce Dog : anyone who is bad or fierce.
Pack : Clan: Group.
Big Growl: earthquake
Long paws: two legs: humans: which, if u look in the mirror, u will see one. (Hee hee)
Leashed dogs: dogs who humans own.
Sharp claws: cats
Any Who, this books bout a dog named Lucky who lives in the city. There is an earthquake, and all the long paws are gone. Lucky is with his friend Sweet, who a couple chapters later, leaves to find her Pack. By the way, Lucky is a lone dog, which means that he is wild but does not live with a pack. Lucky finds his long lost sis, Bella, and her Leashes dog friends, who lost their owners. He tries to teach them how to survive in the Wild and become a pack. He succeeds, and they get better. He leaves them, to become a lone dog once more, even though it breaks his heart. Does he go back to his Beloved Buddies? U read & find out!
I am the Greatest Warriors Fan,(no offense, but it's true) and have read ALL of them. This was a good read, was not as good as warriors. I did not fall into the book like I did in warriors,but I recommend this to warriors and dog fans alike.
May Star clan light your Path,: 0) ( always)
Leopard Star of Thunder Clan. ( I am a girl and I am proud of it)!
P.s. I think that Sweet should have been there longer and I don't understand the eye less long paws. Erin Hunter if u r reading this pick me to win the Contest, JJB,that's what me friends call me, Laddy! (Pirate accent )
Peace Out!!
P.p.s. I wrote other reviews, one fur Crooked Stars promise, Holly Leaf s Story and The Last Hope. By Buy!
P.P.S.S. sorry if my review was a little bit long with all those p.s.s. : 0)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let me start off by saying I am a huge fan of Erin Hunter. I have read ALL of their Warriors books! I haven't read Seekers, but am planning on reading them soon. OKAY, let's get to the review.

Most people are looking for a replacement for Warriors while they are waiting for the new one. Well, if you're looking for a story about warrior cats then you better look somewhere else. I'll admit this book is no Warriors, but I loved it anyways.

Erin Hunter writes AMAZING books, and if you like their other books, then you'll like the writing style to this one. This is basically a story about a dog. After an earthquake, and all the humans are gone, he's lost. He believes he can survive on his own.

He meets a group of dogs, and teaches them how to survive in the wild. He plans to leave them after they get the hang of things.

Does he do it? You'll have to read to find out!

Overall I enjoyed this book and recommend it to you!
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