Into the Woods (Warriors: Tigerstar and Sasha Series #1)

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Sasha has everything she wants: kind housefolk who take care of her during the day and the freedom to explore the woods beyond Twolegplace at night. But when Sasha is forced to leave her home, she must forge a solitary new life in the forest. Life on her own is exciting at first but quickly gets lonely. When Sasha meets Tigerstar, leader of ShadowClan, she wonders whether she would be better off joining the ranks of his forest Clan. But Tigerstar has many secrets, and Sasha must...

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Overview

Sasha has everything she wants: kind housefolk who take care of her during the day and the freedom to explore the woods beyond Twolegplace at night. But when Sasha is forced to leave her home, she must forge a solitary new life in the forest. Life on her own is exciting at first but quickly gets lonely. When Sasha meets Tigerstar, leader of ShadowClan, she wonders whether she would be better off joining the ranks of his forest Clan. But Tigerstar has many secrets, and Sasha must decide whether she can trust him.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Tigerstar & Sasha—Into the Woods opens with a heartbreaking scene—a pet cat chasing after her beloved master's car after he gets sent to a nursing home that does not allow cats. Although Sasha's master has left her in the care of another owner, Sasha sadly decides to live in the woods where she discovers several clans of wild cats that have formed their own communities away from human societies. When Sasha meets Tigerstar, a handsome warrior who invites Sasha to join his Shadowclan, she starts to think maybe life as a wild cat will not be so bad. But Tigerstar is not the benevolent leader he pretends to be, and soon Sasha must decide if she should join Tigerstar's army or live the rest of her life as a homeless rogue. A prequel to the popular "Warriors" series, Tigerstar & Sasha—Into the Woods sends readers into a fascinating world of secret societies and feline intrigue, and is illustrated by Don Hudson's dynamic manga art. While "Warriors" is a highly intricate series, the original English language manga books focus more on individual cats and their stories, making them very easy for newcomers to follow. Highly recommended for cat lovers and adventure buffs. Reviewer: Michael Jung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061547928
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Warriors: Tigerstar and Sasha Series , #1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 88,508
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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.

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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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Great Book

    This is a great book and follows the flow of the Warriors series wonderfully. It's a really engaging storyline, and I can't wait to read the rest of it. It was so interesting to see a different side of Tigerstar. I'd recommend this book for fans of the Warriors series, and cat lovers in general.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    Awesome! Great Art, Too!

    I was really looking forward to this book, and I wasn't disappointed! It is really cool to see Sasha mature from a 'Kittypet' into the strong character we already know. I don't know why some of these other reviewers are harshing on the artwork. It's different from the art in the last manga series, but I think it's really great! The new artist really knows what cats look like in real life! And his realistic style is a good match for the story. Don't listen to the complainers, but look at it with fresh eyes! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    INTERESTING MANGA!

    HEY, it's me,Foxstar of IceClan again! I admit that the drawings werent as well as 'The Rise of Scourge' but it was a great manga! I think Tigerstar is cuter in here than 'The Rise of Scourge' and he may be evil but he has a good heart. If i were in ShadowClan I would respect him(but ofcourse i wouldnt if i found out what he did!). What's cool is that he was never fond of half-Clan,loners,rouges, and ofcourse kittypets but he seemed fond of Sasha. He invited her into ShadowClan! Thats the last thing he'd do,letting in an outsider,as ThunderClan deputy. Well, I've probably run my whiskers off, but make sure you find(and read!) my other reviews!!BYE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Silverstar, leader of Windclan

    This book looks REALLY good! I can't wait to see what Sasha's past is! She has always been shrouded in mystery for me, so I am really excited!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    AWESOME

    I absolutely cannot wait to read Tigerstar and Sasha's love story! The Warrior series are just so awesome and fun to read and collect. I've read every single Warrior book out! ^.^ Keep up the good work, Erin Hunter, because your books rock my paws!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    A nice look into Sasha's head.

    We all know about the mysterious rouge, Sasha, and how blurry her background seems to be in the books. But now we can find out what was REALLY going on, in this manga given to us by our beloved writer, Erin Hunter.
    You will find this story with many hardships, heartbreak, and hollowed-out feelings of true natures. You will find out what she really saw in Warriors Greatest Menace: Tigerstar. A definite read for any interested in Sasha's story.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    This book was great!

    This book was awesome!! I would highly recommend it to a Warriors fan. This was the first Warriors Manga book I had read, and I was a little nervous to try it out at first. But it's really good!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Not as good but still worthwhile

    I have been reading the Warriors series and decided to try this series. I didn't like them as much as the Manga series or the Power of Three but still glad I read them. I wish there was more action in these.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Great! but....

    i thought the story was AMAZING! but... the illustrations were horrible. It kinda made the cats look... ugly. Well, bye bye, and thank u for listening for dawnstar's reviews.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2008

    Killer, leader of Mystical Army

    There is only one thing I want to know about this book. Why is the Tigerstar in 'Tigerstar and Sasha' so different that the one in 'The Rise of Scourge'? This book was really good and I liked when Sasha caught Tigerstar plotting and then ran, only to be confronted by Tigerstar when she got back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    It was O.K.

    I just got it and read it and i have to say that the quality of these books are going down hill. The last manga to come out showed Tigerstar a certain way and he wasn't drawn anything like it. The cats didn't really have any facial expression or any real charecter put into there drawing. It looked as if the whole thing was drawn in two days. Putting the drawnings aside the story was O.K. and let us learn more about the warriors world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    It's Me, Dawnstar from Riverclan again!

    I love warriors. Infact, I got The rise of scourge a week before it came out, along with cats of the clans. They were both pretty good. I can't wait for this one because you never really know much about Sasha and now it tells you all about her. I noticed the cover looks a little different too, like it was done by a different artist then the greystrpie trilogy and the rise of Scourge. I can't wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    I simply cant wait!

    I've been waiting for this to come out forever! I want it to be September already (but I dont want to go back to school)... I really want to know what this is about and stuff like that. I love the warriors series! The only thing that doesnt look good about this is how they're drawn, but I'll have to live with it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    Can't Wait for it to come out!

    I love the other books, and cannot wait at all for this one! P.S. Sasha is one of Tigerstar's mates, and her children are Hawkfrost and Mothwing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    looks really good

    looks really interesting. i cantwait to read this, but it begs the question, who is shasa, and where did she come from?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Thunderstar's Super Ratings!

    I know this isn't out yet but it lokks really interesting. I wonder how much they'll talk about Hawkfrost/paw/kit and Mothwing/paw/kit. OH! Maybe they had a sibling who died or lived in another clan!!!! I hope so that would be really interesting!

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    Posted October 31, 2008

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    Posted December 26, 2008

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