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A Hidden Enemy (Erin Hunter's Survivors Series #2)

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Bella and the Leashed Dogs have finally settled in the forest. But a fierce Pack of Wild Dogs has laid claim to the land, and their menacing Alpha will stop at nothing to ensure that it is his alone.

Lucky has taught the Leashed Dogs much about survival since the Big Growl, and they refuse to back down. Bella hatches an intricate plan—a plan that centers on Lucky's sly cunning and intelligence. Though he still feels the pull of a Lone Dog life, Lucky agrees to help, knowing that...

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Overview

Bella and the Leashed Dogs have finally settled in the forest. But a fierce Pack of Wild Dogs has laid claim to the land, and their menacing Alpha will stop at nothing to ensure that it is his alone.

Lucky has taught the Leashed Dogs much about survival since the Big Growl, and they refuse to back down. Bella hatches an intricate plan—a plan that centers on Lucky's sly cunning and intelligence. Though he still feels the pull of a Lone Dog life, Lucky agrees to help, knowing that he can't leave his friends until they are safe. Now Lucky will be tested in more ways than one—and his true loyalties will be determined.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Following a massive earthquake, leashed dogs and strays alike try to find a way to weather a world turned on end by the catastrophe. Without the longpaws, or humans, the dogs must use both their instincts and their deep tradition of storytelling to make sense of their new lives. This sequel to The Empty City (2012) begins just as Lucky has finally extricated himself from his unwanted pack. Unfortunately, an attack by wild dogs and another quake force him to return to help his frightened friends. Lucky finds himself caught between his responsibility toward his old pack and his admiration for the wild pack led by Alpha, their part-wolf leader. Even though his skills are those of a city dog, Lucky is able to quickly become invaluable to the new pack. However, if Alpha discovers his split loyalty, Lucky will suffer swift canine justice, which often ends in death. Disease, famine and other wild animals make survival even more tenuous as the fast-paced story progresses. Well-rounded characters, deep folklore and difficult problems without obvious answers drive the story. These dogs are not just loyal human companions, but warriors, leaders and friends. A cliffhanger ending ensures another volume is on the way. Perfectly crafted. (Adventure. 8-12)
Children's Literature - Sandra Eichelberger
This second installment of the “Survivors” series follows Lucky, a dog who is essentially a loner but who has been helping a pack of former house pets that are trying to survive in the wild after an earthquake. The water is contaminated and there is little food except for what is in an area controlled by a pack of vicious wild dogs. Bella, the head of the “leashed dog” group, encourages Lucky to infiltrate the wild dog pack and learn their ways. Lucky, a loner by choice, reluctantly agrees and is taken in by the wild pack. Lucky is uncomfortable with his deception and grows to like the members of this brutal group. He comes to appreciate the hierarchy of the pack and the harsh rules that govern them. Still, he wants to protect his old friends and must act against his conscience to keep the leashed group safe. The dogs show human characteristics: talking, reasoning, betraying and spying. Still, they are dogs that lick each other’s muzzles, howl at night, and forage for prey to eat. This is a dystopian tale of animal survival, with the hint of humans in the background. The story centers on endurance and depicts a canine community with tiered responsibilities and treatment. In the wild pack, dogs of lower status are treated distinctly different than those of higher rank. There is an interesting dichotomy between the two different packs of dogs and their social strata. Lucky has lived with both and he sees the advantages and disadvantages of each. Hunter has cleverly shown two social orders and how they function. The action is fast-paced and there is cruelty and brutality that may bother dog lovers. Those who love adventure and survival stories will be drawn to the book and come to realize like Lucky, that there are advantages to both packs and that all is not black or white. The cliffhanger ending will surely leave readers waiting for the next book. Reviewer: Sandra Eichelberger; Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062102607
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: Erin Hunter's Survivors Series , #2
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 254,852
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by 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. She is also the author of the bestselling Warriors and Seekers series.

Biography

Erin Hunter is the nom de plume of three British writers who create enthralling, animal-centric YA fantasies in the tradition of Brian Jacques's Redwall books. In 2003, they launched their bestselling Warriors series with Into the Wild, the story of a domesticated kitten who leaves the comforts of his human home to join a family of feral cats living in the woods. Introducing a captivating world where rival cat clans struggle for survival, the book was an immediate sensation with animal- and adventure-loving preteens. Since its debut, Warriors has become a genuine publishing phenomenon, spawning a string of six-book miniseries, each with its own distinct story arc.

The Erin Hunter collaboration is an unusual but highly successful one. Characters and story ideas emanate from editor Victoria Holmes, who keeps track of previous plot lines, ensures continuity, and coordinates the details of a complex and growing cast of characters. Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry take turns writing individual books; then everything is vetted again through Holmes, who checks carefully to make sure the stories are told in a single, unified voice. With different writing styles at work, this would seem a daunting task. However, in a 2006 interview, Holmes explained her modus operandi: "I think of it as being able to "speak Erin Hunter", like speaking a different language, and after working on [so many] scripts, I know pretty much at once if a line or phrase doesn't sound right."

Although the Erin Hunter books are written for young readers, they do not shy away from difficult material. The animals face life-threatening dangers and experience pain, grief, and loss -- sometimes even treachery within their own ranks. But the authors are always careful to reinforce positive messages about family, friendship, loyalty, and love. Independently, Holmes, Cary, and Baldry stay busy with their own writing and editing projects; but in 2008, they reunited for a second animal fantasy series. Seekers: The Quest Begins features a trio of bears from different species (black, polar, and grizzly), who join together for an adventure-filled odyssey that will change their lives forever.

Good To Know

Fun facts about "Erin Hunter" and the Warrior books, plus advice for aspiring writers:
Cherith Baldry and Kate Cary have always loved cats -- and writing fantasy stories! Cherith is particularly interested in the stories of King Arthur, with all those glorious battles, knights, and a courtly code of behavior. Kate is fascinated by animal interaction and the way you can read all sorts of hidden motivation into what cats do. She's also not afraid of describing the goriest scenes!

Says Victoria Holmes, "I love being one of the Erins and frequently dream of being a cat running through a forest when I am coming up with new story lines. Teaming up with Kate and Cherith on the Warriors books is an unconventional way of working, but we love writing the books together and it means we can produce them much faster than a single writer could."

They came up with the single name, Erin Hunter, to avoid confusing their readers by having books from the same series filed in different places on the bookshelves.

Erin's advice for aspiring writers: "Read, read, and read some more! Make sure you read a wide variety of stories: fantasy stories teach you about making up completely new worlds, crime-solving stories teach you about handling a complicated plot, stories with lots of characters teach you how to describe relationships. Also, write as many stories as you can, even if no one else reads them. And remember that the best inspiration comes from what's around you -- Kate and Cherith go for long walks through the woods to find new locations for the cats to explore. They also spend hours watching their cats -- and other people -- to see how they behave in certain situations."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Erin Hunter is the pseudonym for three writers: Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, and Victoria Holmes
    2. Hometown:
      All three writers live in the U.K.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    You should read

    This looks soo good. I love erin hunters books they are soo good lol

    36 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Aesome

    I LOVE SURVIVORS

    26 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great Book

    Wow. Wow is all I can say, this book is really great, the Erins have out done themselves. The book just keep me wanting to read more, finshed it in one day! Keep up the good work!

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    WAHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Awesomeicanpreorderthesecondbook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    18 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    WAHOOOOOO

    FINALLY BOOK DOS OR TWO!!!!!! MORE LUCKY AND ALL THE WORTHLESS DOGS I DONT CARE TO REMEMBER! SONT YOU LOVE ENEMYS THA ARE HIDDEN?

    16 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Lucky

    AWESOME! Read this book! Just , read book1,The Empty City, before you read book 2 . Both books are AWESOME!!!

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Review on "Survivors - A Hidden Enemy"

    Survivors: A Hidden Enemy is the second book in Erin Hunter's newest—and in my oppinion, greatest—series. Survivors is full of action and adventure, and packed to the brim with suspense! The characters are fun and have real personalities that you can like and relate to. I finished this book in a couple of hours, it was so good, even better than The Empty City. I can't wait until Darkness Falls comes out, so we can hear more from Lucky and the Dog Pack!
    A Hidden Enemy stars a Lone Dog (stray) named Lucky, who has walked the streets his entire life. However, when a Big Growl (earthquake) strikes, Lucky's life is forever changed. The longpaws (humans) are gone, food is scarce, and the survivors are fighting for what food is left. In the midst of all this, he falls in with a group of Leashed Dogs (pet dogs) including his litter-sister Bella, Mickey, Bruno, Sunshine, Martha, Daisy, and Alfie; all of their owners have fled. Lucky teaches them how to survive in the wild, before leaving them to resume his life as a Lone Dog. But at the end of The Empty City, Lucky learns that a Wild Pack of dogs are attacking his friends, and rushes to their rescue.
    In A Hidden Enemy, we find out that Bella and the Leashed Dogs had accidently gone onto the Wild Pack's territory in a search for clean water. Starving, injured, and with a sick member in their midst, Bella pleads that Lucky join the Wild Pack as a spy for the Leashed Dogs, in order for them to regain the precious water supply. Lucky agrees, but soon finds out that his role as a spy will be testing his loyalties in more ways than one. He joins the Wild Pack, which is lead by a menacing half-wolf called Alpha, who will stop at nothing to make sure the rule is his and his alone. A former friend of Lucky's, named Sweet, is also within the pack, now as Beta and Alpha's soon-to-be mate.
    Lucky is torn between his loyalty to his sister and his new friends inside the Wild Pack. In the end, Lucky has to decide whether he is loyal to Bella and the Leashed Dogs, or Sweet, Twitch, Snap, and all of the other Pack Dogs. A Hidden Enemy ends with a dramatic battle, and we are left hanging—wondering how Lucky escapes this new delima.
    A Hidden Enemy is well worth the read, recommended for around ages 9-13. It is a bit sad at parts, a bit frusterating, but all in all, a really good book. Five, well-earned golden stars!!
    —LG

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Awesome

    OMG!!!! How does erin hunter do this! She makes the BEST books! This one was so interesting and mysterious. You never know whats gonna happen next. I cant wait until the next one!

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Suggestion to Erin Hunter for Survivors 3: Darkness Falls

    You did a fantastic job with the first and second books, and I love how at the end of the books you would leave it a cliff-hanger. Here is a suggestion for your next books: less repeating words. Try not to say the same words in the same paragrahph. For me, I think in your next books shoukd be Alpha about to kill Lucky, but Bella might step in and pleed him to stop and it was her fault and she made him spy when he didnt want to. Then, I think Bella will chose not to join the Wild Pack, but just to be alliances with them, and Lucky will chose to be with the Wild Pack. Alpha will force Lucky to be Omega, though, but after a full journey of the moon-dog he can challenge someone to move higher in the ranks. I absolutely LOVE the challenges. It leaves me on the edge of my seat, and im addicted (even more than i was before.) -your #1 Warriors and Survivors fan (soon to be Seekers)

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Survivors is awesome. I love all of erin hunters books. Especially warriors. Cant wait for the new suvivors to come out.

    .

    7 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Love

    Love it!! Best book ever!! I like Fiery (Also known as Snail) but, he ———— later on :*( becuz of longpaws D*: I sad.

    How ever likes or LOVES NUTTELA!! Just post,

    NNUUTTTTEELLAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    And no more roleplay ads plz.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    If you are awake all night...

    Join NightClan at science result one! Despite our name we are not evil and will welcome any cat!~Whitecloud

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    0.0

    It. Was. AWESOME!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    You need to read this book

    It is werth the $10

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    AWESOME!!!!!!

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!! This book is SO much better than the first Survivors book. Oh my glob, I nearly exploded with anticipation when he joined the Wild Pack! The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It totally left you hanging!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Hi!

    Poor Lucky! Btw SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!! He has to spy on the wild pack for all the leashed pack! He soon figures out that SWEET is the beta! ( Aka deputy for all you warrior's fans/ alpha's mate or soon to be!!!!!!!!))) :O!!! Lucky sees that his sister brings foxes into the wild packs' camp and they all join together to save Moon's pups!!!! Sadly, one pup named Fuzz and the omega named Mulch die in protecting the pups.Now he must figure out if he wants to go with Sweet and the wild pack or Bella his litter-sister and the leashed pack!!! Lucky wishes he was a lone dog again!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for reading!!!!!!!


    - Swifpelt

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Not so good.

    I personally think that Erin Hunter shouldn't have made a dog book after a cat book. Now everybody is against cats,when they used to hate dogs in Warriors. I still like Erin Hunter, but.I don't think she should've made a dog book.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Barktastic!

    I absolutely love the suspense and detail. It puts you on the edge of your seat. I recomend this book to anyone looking to step into the life shoes of a dog and his fierce loyalty to his friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    What happened to the excitement?

    This book started out better than the first but then started to get boring after Lucky started being a spy and everything. I really thought that if the Erin Hunters made a new series, at least don't bring in unknown authors to write and let the originals take over. Ever since Kate Cary joined in for Seekers, these series of books are getting to suck and I'll only read Warriors(except for the Power of Three arc).
    I know that this is probably getting you either confused or mad too or you really just don't care, but if you agree click the helpful review rectangle. Oh I am also the kid who puts the picture of Greg at the end of every review in that series c'')

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    BEST BOOK EVER

    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER ITS EPICNESS OVER RULED ME AND HOW DARE BELLA LIE TO LUCKY SERVES HER RIGHT TO COME OMEGA CANT WAIT TIL CAN BUY NEXT BOOK OVER INTHUSEASEN?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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