- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060525509
- ISBN-13: 978-0060525507
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,559 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Into the Wild (Warriors, Book 1) Paperback – January 6, 2004
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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. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Top customer reviews
Rusty, a kitty-pet, owned by two-legs, gets restless with his pampered, uneventful life. He ventured beyond the safe boundaries of his yard, tussled with and then made friends with members of the ThunderClan.
While training as an apprentice warrior, Rusty learns about bravery, fear, trust, suspicion, loyalty, suffering, grieving, avenging and celebrating
An interesting storyline filled with complex feline characters. An enjoyable read.
Nope! This is just as good the second time! WOOO!
"Into the Wild" introduces us to Rusty, soon to be dubbed Firepaw, a human-owned cat who is enticed into a life in the forest with one of the four Clans of cats living there. They fight one another, but also cooperate with one another, finding a balance in a world ruled by scarcity. There's noble cats and utter villains, and forces of nature that can make both moot.
If you've got a kid--or, hell, and adult!--that loves cats or general talking-animal fiction, see if they've tried these books, and, if they haven't, shove them in their faces. These are great additions to any animal-lover's library!
Great for anyone who loves cats - child or adult child, or CCL (Crazy Cat Lady) alike will adore these books if they want to read suspenseful yet sweet - while at the same time non-cutesy - tales about what clowders of cats might be like if they were a bit more like Native American tribes.
Of course, the cats speak in English, so we can read it, but they don't "say", the word 'said' is 'meowed' or 'mrrred', they aren't cartoon characters wearing clothes like the oversaturated manga cat-sprites I see far too much of these days and so am subsequently bored with that.
This series also amazed me for managing to distill the concept of the difference between 'true power' and 'authority power' so that a 12 year old could understand it, and not feel s/he was being preached at. Congratulations to the Erin Hunter quadra-author-editor 'clan' for making waiting in line, waiting for buses, and relaxing in a difficult apartment to relax in much more tolerable.