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Code of the Clans (Warriors Series)

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by Erin Hunter, Wayne Mcloughlin (Illustrator)
 

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The secrets behind the warrior code will finally be revealed.

  • An ominous sign from StarClan that signaled the need to patrol borders
  • The unexpected help from a warrior ancestor that cemented the importance of elders
  • A secret coup that led to a deputy's new role
  • A medicine cat's pleas that

Overview

The secrets behind the warrior code will finally be revealed.

  • An ominous sign from StarClan that signaled the need to patrol borders
  • The unexpected help from a warrior ancestor that cemented the importance of elders
  • A secret coup that led to a deputy's new role
  • A medicine cat's pleas that stopped a spree of interClan bloodshed

and many more never-before-told stories!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
The cat clans of Hunter's "Warriors" series live by a strict code, but where did those rules come from? Code of the Clans provides the answer. The origin of each of the fifteen laws, from the full moon truce to the regulations governing succession, is outlined and narrated by Leafpool, medicine cat to Thunder Clan. Most of the stories are no more than two to three pages in length, making this book ideal for partitioned reading before bed or at the end of class. The plot and characters of each tale are alternately entertaining, endearing, and frightening; but, it should be noted that their short length and the reader's assumed background make this strictly a companion book. Non-fans are unlikely, for example, to appreciate the looming menace hinted at in a story in which "Tigerkit" is rescued, nor the foreshadowing implied when a senile elder unwisely makes the leader's words into law. Each story is accompanied by either realistic pencil drawings or full-page, glossy color prints. While few teachers will find use for this book in a language arts setting, classrooms already reading Hunter's texts could incorporate it into a creative social studies lesson on the origin of laws and law documents. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061660092
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Series:
Warriors Field Guide Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
75,221
Product dimensions:
9.18(w) x 6.46(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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Warriors: Code of the Clans

Chapter One

Many moons ago, a community of cats settled in dense woodland close to the edge of a moor. Some were kittypets intrigued by the idea of exploring beyond their housefolk's backyard; others had been born and raised in the wild, by cats who knew how to catch their own prey and find shelter in the cold nights of leaf-bare.

The woodland, with the river running fast and deep at the edge of the trees, proved to be good territory for the cats. There was enough shelter for every cat, enough prey to feed them all, and the freedom to hunt among the trees, on the open moor, and along the fish-filled river.

The cats began to settle according to their preferences for hunting and prey. The fish-eaters kept mostly to the banks of the river, making their dens among the reeds and twisted willow roots; the mouse-pouncers stayed under the densest trees, perfecting their leaps among the tangled undergrowth; the rabbit-chasers, faster and leaner than the other cats, kept to the open moor; the squirrel-stalkers settled in the sparser woodland, where they learned to climb trees and hunt among the branches; and the cats who had a taste for snakes and lizards, and the cunning to catch them on marshy ground, settled among brittle grass stalks and rattling pine trees on the farthest edge of the territory.

There were no borders at first, and within each hunting ground the cats lived separately, meeting only as they went in pursuit of the same prey. Occasionally cats clashed over a piece of fresh-kill or a good place for a den, but battles between large numbers of cats were unheard of.

Then a time came whenprey was scarce, and there were too many mouths to feed and bodies to shelter in each hunting ground. Battles broke out, just a few cats at first, but more and more until hunting ground took on hunting ground, fighting for survival, not just for themselves, but for the cats who lived alongside them. After one dreadful battle, when the ground beneath the four great oak trees turned red with blood, the spirits of the dead cats came back to plead for peace with the strongest cats from each hunting ground: Wind, River, Thunder, Shadow, and Sky.

The five vowed to their fallen companions that they would find a way to put an end to the fighting, to live in their separate hunting grounds in communities that would preserve each territory for generations of cats to come.

Warriors: Code of the Clans. Copyright (c) by Erin Hunter . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. In addition to 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 Seekers and Survivors series.

Wayne McLoughlin studied art at San Diego State University and has worked as a writer and illustrator for such magazines as Esquire and National Lampoon. His books for children include Fireflies, by Alice Hoffman, Here is the Wetland, by Madeleine Dunphy (both Hyperion), and Loch, by Paul Zindel. He lives with his wife and daughter in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

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Code of the Clans (Warriors Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 279 reviews.
Holy_Sheep More than 1 year ago
I just read this book yesterday (in a matter of hours) and I have to say that it was excellently written. I love how the Erin Hunters explained everything in the warrior code with relative and believable stories. I liked the parts where different cats would speak about the code (like Whitestorm with addressing tresspassers- that part was FUNNY) and the excerpts that featured the consequences of breaking that certain petition in the warrior code. The illustrations found throughout the book were superb, as well. I LOVED many of the names that the Erin Hunters came up with for the characters in this book, like Sunfall (who, by the way, was the leader when Bluestar was deputy, as you probably know) and Morningcloud and Oakleaf. Moving on, I found the passage featuring Darkstripe and Longtail was beautiful insight on their characters, which I had overlooked for Darkstripe. It showed much of their true character that can be fairly easy to not think about without reminders such as this. The Code of the Clans, and all Warriors books for that matter, are excellently written, and I think I like this book and Cats of the Clans as my favourites, just because of that wonderful insight that the Erin Hunters bring you, and the way they make you think of things from a whole different aspect. In addition they bring in so much feeling and emotion from the charaters that you feel you are the character being featured. For example, the passage with Slatefang and Badgerpaw made me SOB when I read it. It was such a depressing scene, and I think only the Erin Hunters could write it in such a way that their readers are in tears after finishing it. Or maybe it's just me. But in any case, I think this book is a wonderful look into the warrior code, mentioned so many times in books but never fully explained. The writers did a superb job writing it, and I'm very glad indeed that they did a book like this. I encourage anyone to pick up the Warriors series and just read it. You've got nothing to lose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book about a week and half ago, and I loved it when I read it. It really gives that extra insight about the warrior code that we all hear so much about in the actually series. Also, it gives a little more information about ThunderClan cats relationships that we didn't know before. If you haven't read this book yet, you really should. The illustrations are wonderful, and once you start reading, you can't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent. I love how Erin Hunter does scenes where it brings the cats and their personality to life. It is a totoally creative story about how all the rules in the warrior code were thought out. The names like Quickpaw, Oakleaf, Sunfall, and others were very well made and cute. It inspires me when the cats stand up for what is right, and they make it into the warrior code. I remember when I was reading the first book when Brokenstar made kits at only three moons (months) old. It had a story about that when a young kit from ShadowClan was forced into apprtentice ship and was killed by a WindClan warrior when Brokenstar tried to drive WindClan out. It really touches me when the kit called Badgerpaw was saying his last few words to his mentor, Flintfang. He told his mentor that when he was a warrior in StarClan, he wanted to be called Badgerfang like his mentor. I nearly cried when I read that part and when Badgerpaw dies and goes to Starclan. Then there was another story when this queen stood up for her kit so he wouldn't have to fight a pointless battle. Because of her bravery, there will be fiew deaths. It helps show people that you are wonderful the way you are, and its OK to stand up for the people you love. I highly reccomend this book. Read this, and you'll never look at your plain old tabby again. -Bridget
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wat up wth the role playing... nvm this is a great explanation of the codes and why they were formed! I used to not fully understand the codes and this book was wonderfully interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is great five star. By the way please stop posting stuff about your fake clans. TRY WRITING A REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!............................. Sorry frought, you can't. Huge fan of the series!
WolvesReddDawn More than 1 year ago
Really Really good!! I have not read all of it yet but it is already amazing. I cannot keep my nose out of it! I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I could read it all the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Leafpool ( ThunderClans medicine cat) takes you through all the different laws or codes and tells of the stories of how the codes came to be part of the warrior code. Leafpool also tells of some of the rules that didn't make it into the warrior code also. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did and find out the secerts of the code. From SKYCLAN ~ Hollyflower
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing i love it!!!!!
Silverstream101 More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed it and read it overnight. Yayyyyyy I love the warriors series and write on long live warriors yayyyyyyyyyy
Vixenfur More than 1 year ago
This book was great for the warriors series. I always wondered how the warrior code came together! The art is amazing, and I rate it 5 stars, all the way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hush, little one." A pretty silver tabby soothes. "I am Rosestar, the leader of BlossomClan" she wrapped her tail around the kit. "Go to blooming result one to join" Rosestar smiled at Mistkit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always have loved this book, digital or not. I recomend to pepole on at least the third book of the Warriors series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good sample,but add more pages of READING! Most of the pages are the clan cats :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its just nerds talking to eachother and making up warrior names and clans. It get annoying after a while. (From Loudfire of Blazeclan LOL!)
Wildstar66 More than 1 year ago
Although I haven't read this book yet, I can tell that it is great. The cover art is amazing!!! I am very anxious to see what Erin has in store for us next... PS! I am Wildstar, leader of EarthClan! You can visit our site and join at www.wildstar66.webs.com.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Very helpful ~Briarkit Looking for clan, BTW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so far i am only on page 56 and i am in love with the book but the saddest part is when Flitfang,badgerpaw and all of the cats in shadow clan and windclan were fighting and Broken star (the ruthless leader i know u heard of him) so like i was saying broken star didnt fallow the worroir code: a kit must be 6 moons old to be an apprentice so shadow clan was in a battle with windclan and badgerpaw was only 3 moons old and he was battling and he was dieing and badger paw was asking his mentor flit fang if broken star and his mother were going to be proud of him then flit fang said yes then he asked if star clan was going to make him a warroir the flit fang said yes then badgerpaw asked what his name would be then flit fang said u can choose and badger paw said i want my name to be badger fang because u were an awesome mentor the right after he said that he went to star clan :( :( i know that its not that sad when i say it but its alot sadder if u get the book...so baicly this book is about all 12 of the codes and the time that it was made and sometimes it gives u something when u dont follow that code like when long tail and dark stripe went hunting and poppy frost was in the medicene cat den and she was dieing frome green cough i believe and she needed food and all the prey in the fresh kill pile got ruined because of the rain and so dark stripe caught a big FAT juicy squirl and then he ate it with long tail then when they got back (they only caught 2 mice and a black bird after that) so when dark stripe and long tail got back poppy frost was dead.. another example is when one eye and dappel tail tresspased to river clans teritory to see what fish tasted like then when one eye was trying to catch a fish and she fell in the water then pine star found out and hail star saved her so there punishment was eating the fish and it was yucky :P so thank u for reading this long and detailed reveiw May star clan light ur path -Fire stripe (do u like the new name i made it up) aka the originail warroir girl (do u also like the new ending??? It is "may star clan light ur path" ;) bye!!!!!!!!! ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recomend this book to any cat lovers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved your story it was awesome can you write more? P.S. please read shards story at holly leafs story thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am scared and all alone. My home is a scraggly tree. My food is skinny mice. My thirst is beyond imagine. I need a home. A queen. Decent food. Shelter. Love. Can you bring me the things my heart oh so desires? The thing i have yearned for since the time i opened my eyes? My only hope an only dream? My only wish in life or death? Will you step up and help a poor helpless, homeless kit? Having these things mean the world to me. I'd give anything for them. My tree, my mice, even my life. Please, reach out and help a hopeless kit. Reach out and help me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FLAMEKIT IS FLAMESTAR AND ITS REDCLAN'S LEADER
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is your clan.I serched "honey clan" but I could not find you. And what is your name. - Mousekit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iceypaw will u be my mate?From:Blazestar