Great Bear Lake (Seekers Series #2)

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Young black bear Lusa has left the comfort of the zoo, determined against all odds to make her way in the wild. It is there that she encounters grizzly cub Toklo and a mysterious changeling named Ujurak. Once united, the cubs find themselves on a journey toward a mystical place—if only they knew where. Meanwhile, separated from her family, polar bear cub Kallik trusts her intuition to lead her on a path traveled by many bears before her. At last the four cubs meet at the sacred Great Bear Lake, a place of peace ...

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Overview

Young black bear Lusa has left the comfort of the zoo, determined against all odds to make her way in the wild. It is there that she encounters grizzly cub Toklo and a mysterious changeling named Ujurak. Once united, the cubs find themselves on a journey toward a mystical place—if only they knew where. Meanwhile, separated from her family, polar bear cub Kallik trusts her intuition to lead her on a path traveled by many bears before her. At last the four cubs meet at the sacred Great Bear Lake, a place of peace and healing where bears gather to celebrate the longest day. But all is not harmonious. Danger lurks beneath the calm surface of the lake, and only if they put aside their differences and truly come together will the young bears have any chance of surviving the harsh realities of the wild.

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The paths of three furry species (a black bear, a polar bear, and a grizzly) converse in this heroic journey towards the Northern Lights. With them is Ujurak, a diminutive, shape-shifting grizzly cub who holds the destiny of all bears in his tiny paws. An absorbing animal adventure by the author of the popular Warriors series.
Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
From the author of the popular "Warrior" cat-clan series comes "Seekers," the story of three young bears that started with "The Quest Begins" and continues in this second book. Lusa, a black bear, has escaped from a zoo to find Toklo, a grizzly cub, and deliver his dead mother's last message of love and regret. When they meet, the unfriendly Toklo already is accompanying Ujurak—a mysterious cub with the ability to shape-change into other animals—on his journey to the Endless Ice. Determined to make Toklo listen, Lusa tags along. The three bears soon encounter Great Bear Lake, a meeting place for black, grizzly, and polar bears on the summer solstice, and discover that all bears are suffering from lack of food and shrinking environments. The tension over resources threatens to devolve into a war between the species, unless Lusa, Toklo, Ujurak, and an orphaned polar bear named Kallik can convince all the bears to trust their ancestors… and each other. Like Hunter's other novels, this one resonates with familiar themes of youth versus age, new versus tradition, and the discovery that foreign others are often not very different from oneself. "Warrior" fans will appreciate a fresh series with new clans and traditions, but—as the series names would suggest—the "Seeker" books are not as heavily action/adventure oriented as their earlier counterparts. They are, however, much more topical in their address of current environmental dangers, making them both enjoyable and educational to young audiences. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
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“Told with an interesting balance of cute anthropomorphic characterization and realistic attention to bear behaviors and the brutalities of life in the wild, these stories will be welcomed by the Warriors series’ many fans.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061729812
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Series: Seekers Series, #2
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,384,454
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as having a great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behavior, shaped by her interest in astrology and standing stones.

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as having a great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behavior, shaped by her interest in astrology and standing stones.

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as having a great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behavior, shaped by her interest in astrology and standing stones.

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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Seekers #2: Great Bear Lake

Chapter One

Lusa

Lusa stared at the grizzly cub. He was twice her size; in the struggle when she was trapped under his weight, she had thought he would kill her for sure. But she wasn't scared of him now, as she watched him crouched in front of her with his flanks heaving. Red light from the setting sun trickled through the leaves, speckling Toklo's brown pelt with spots of burning russet.

She had found Oka's missing cub.

I could have searched for him all my life and never found him. Did the spirits guide me?

Toklo glared at her. "How do you know my name?"

"I—I've been looking for you," Lusa stammered. "I've come all the way from the Bear Bowl—"

"The Bear Bowl?" Toklo curled his lip. "What's that?"

"It's a place where bears live," Lusa explained, on more confident territory now. "Black bears like me, and grizzlies, and huge white bears. Flat-faces feed us and mend us when we get sick, and other flat-faces come and look at us. There are other animals, too," she added. "Tigers, and flamingos, and animals with long, dangly noses."

Toklo interrupted her with a huff of contempt. "You lived with other animals?" he growled disbelievingly. "Flat-faces fed you? Proper bears don't do that. What sort of bear are you?"

Lusa felt her belly go tight; he looked really angry, and she knew she wouldn't be able to fight him off a second time. But she had promised Oka that she would pass on her message to her only surviving cub. "The flat-faces brought your mother to the Bear Bowl. She. .. she died there." She decided there was no point making Toklo evenangrier by telling him how Oka had been crazed with grief for her lost cubs, so deranged that she had attacked a flat-face. "Before she died she gave me a message for you. She said—"

Toklo turned away. "I don't want to hear it!"

Startled, Lusa took a pace toward him. "But I promised—"

"I said, I don't want to hear it! I don't want to hear anything about that bear. She abandoned me. She is not my mother." He stalked away, his paws crunching through the dried leaves until he stopped under a twisted fir tree.

"She was sorry," Lusa murmured.

She didn't think Toklo had heard her. Without looking at her, he snarled, "Go back to the Bear Bowl!"

Lusa blinked, puzzled. She had risked her life to find him, and to tell him what Oka had wanted him to know. She had expected that Toklo would be grateful to her. Maybe he would even become her friend, so she wouldn't be on her own anymore. What had she done to make him so hostile?

She couldn't go back to the Bear Bowl. The wild was bigger than she had ever imagined, scary and confusing. But it was exciting, too. After the freedom she had known in the last moons, she couldn't think of returning to the little space where two or three trees made a forest. But what would Toklo do if she didn't leave? She clamped her jaws shut to stop a whimper from coming out. There was no way she'd show Toklo how scared she was.

Lusa turned to look at the other brown bear cub, who was sitting watching her with bright interest. She tipped her head on one side, remembering what she had seen just before her struggle with Toklo. She had been chasing a hare, hadn't she? A growl from her belly reminded her that she was hungrier than she'd ever been in her life. She'd been chasing a hare and it had turned into this cub.

Her mother hadn't said anything about hares that turned into bears, or any other animal for that matter. Was this a bear, or a hare? Would it change again? Lusa stared at it suspiciously, looking for long ears suddenly shooting up.

The brown cub stood up and padded over to her. He was smaller than Toklo, and his eyes were warm and curious. "My name's Ujurak. You're Lusa, right?"

Lusa nodded. "Are. .. are you a bear or a hare?" she burst out.

Ujurak lifted his shoulder in a shrug, rippling his shiny brown fur. "I don't know," he admitted. "I can be lots of other creatures, too. A salmon, an eagle. .. sometimes I'm a flat-face cub."

Lusa stiffened. Would Ujurak be a kind flat-face like the feeders in the Bear Bowl, or one of the dangerous ones who shouted and shot their metal sticks? "Why would you want to be a flat-face?"

"I don't exactly want to be anything," Ujurak replied. "Except a bear, of course. It just happens." He glanced at Toklo. "I'm trying to control it, but I'm not very good yet."

"So you're really a bear?" Lusa stretched her head up and checked. His ears were definitely small and round right now, nothing like a hare's.

"I think so." Ujurak blinked. "I hope so."

Lusa looked around. The trees grew close together here, with little room for berry bushes underneath, but there was no scent of flat-faces or dogs. "Is this Toklo's territory?" The big grizzly cub looked quite strong enough to score his clawmarks on the trees and defend his feeding ground from other bears.

"No, we're on a journey." An amber glow lit deep in Ujurak's eyes. "We're going to the place where the bear spirits dance in the sky."

"Where's that?"

Ujurak looked at his paws. Definitely bear's paws, Lusa thought. "We don't know exactly," he confessed. "We're following the stars." He looked up again. "But I have to get there. However long it takes."

Something in Lusa prompted her to reach up and touch her nose to the cub's furry ear. "You'll find the place, I know you will."

Ujurak turned his head to stare at her. "You understand, don't you?" he said softly. "Because you kept going until you found Toklo."

Seekers #2: Great Bear Lake. Copyright © by Erin Hunter. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    This book is good

    11 year old J says:
    I like the characters. My favorite is Kallik. I like how
    Ujurak can change into other animals. They are trying to get to Great Bear Lake and it is an adventure. It is fun to read!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I love it so much!!:)

    This is a great book. I personly like the cover art + the writing and the characters(Tolko,Lusa,Urajak,Taqqi).It is not good for classrooms(too much fighting).I LOVE IT!!!!!!:):):):):)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    What a sad story!

    Not a very good book, I would say that this is one of the saddest books that I have ever read.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    this book is awsome!

    This book is so good, i can't describe it. It is a wonderful storyline, great chracters. taquic rocks :)!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Yellow Ninja

    Great book, if you like erins books, youll like this

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Review #0004

    Great book but two bears are in the same place so theres normally two chapters going on at the same place in a row. Tht annoys me. In general ts a good book though.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Highly Recommended----Must Read!!!

    My Son loved this book, once we got it on his nook he couldn't stop reading it. Recommend it for all kids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2012

    Stop

    STOP SPAMMING THESE REVIEWS WITH join buttclan BLAH BLAH BLAH NOBODY CARES!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2011

    Very+sad

    This+book+is+one+of+the+saddest+books+i%27ve+ever+read.+I+just+got+the+next+book+and+i+can%27t+wait+to+read+it.+I+just+hope+its+not+as+sad+as+this+one.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Tradegy

    this vook was good but has so many deaths in it. it is so sad!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    Never PUrchased This Book

    I never purchased this book yet B&N sent me an e-mail requesting I review it.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    WINDCLAN RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I goldenpaw am medicine cat apprentice and meet me at the book flawed dogs anf i will get back to you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    JOIN SEACLAN!!!

    Find at Warriors Power Of Three result 1! Bios at result 6!

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    Posted December 29, 2013

    Join poppyclan!!:)

    Join at fun res 2.Post bio at res 1.l am leader Flowerstar.All other positions open!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    I Love Book

    It's a good book but the firist is much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Great book

    A cool story that will keep you on the edge of your seat:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Iloveseekers

    I LOVE THE SEEKERS BOOKS!!!!!!!!!! i just cant stop reading these books. would highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Like

    I like the whole series.

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