Island of Shadows (Seekers: Return to the Wild Series #1)

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The journey home begins. . . .

Toklo, Kallik, and Lusa survived the perilous mission that brought them together. Now, after their long, harrowing journey, the bears are eager to find their way home and share everything they've learned with the rest of their kinds. But the path they travel is treacherous, and the strangers they meet could jeopardize everything the Seekers have fought for.

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Overview

The journey home begins. . . .

Toklo, Kallik, and Lusa survived the perilous mission that brought them together. Now, after their long, harrowing journey, the bears are eager to find their way home and share everything they've learned with the rest of their kinds. But the path they travel is treacherous, and the strangers they meet could jeopardize everything the Seekers have fought for.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“These stories will be welcomed by the Warriors series’ many fans.”
Booklist
“Reflecting the realities of the natural world, this new adventure will be greeted with delight by fans of the series.”
ALA Booklist
"These stories will be welcomed by the Warriors series’ many fans."
Booklist
"Reflecting the realities of the natural world, this new adventure will be greeted with delight by fans of the series."
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
In Book 1 of the "Seekers: Return to the Wild" series, four bears begin a quest to find the Frozen Sea, each with different motivations. Toklo, the brown bear, mourns the death of his friend Ujurak. His depression causes him to be irritable and hopeless of their success. Luisa, the small black bear, longs to find a place with real food; she needs greens, berries, and nuts. She is always conscious that she slows the group's progress. One of the white bears Kallik longs for home. Yakone, the other white bear, struggles to find his place among these three friends. Their dangerous journey takes them to an island where they find an angry young bear, Nanulak, whose mother is a brown bear and whose father is a white bear. Nanulak convinces the quartet that he has been driven away by both sides of his family and is in danger. Although the others are skeptical, lonely Toklo determines to care for Nanulak and take him on the journey. Their old friend Ujurak appears to Toklo, Luisa, and Kallik in dreams guiding them along the way. But will they accurately read his signs and escape this strange island? How can Toklo ignore the dangers presented by the angry Nanulak as he leads them into skirmishes with other bears? Fans of the "Seekers" series will enjoy this new addition. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
Kirkus Reviews
The wildly popular writing team (writing collectively as Hunter) sends its team of bears out for another episodic adventure, but the object of this quest is less than clear. Brown bear Toklo, black bear Lusa and white bear Kallik have accomplished the long trek to Star Island and destroyed the threats to its fragile ecosystem, but at the cost of the life of their friend, the shape-shifting Ujurak, reunited with his mother in the stars. Now accompanied by the white bear Yakone, they turn their paws homeward, unsure of both route and destination. After enduring quarrels and hunger, nearly fatal accidents and harrowing encounters with humans, the foursome stumbles across the abandoned Nanulak. Will caring for this strange bear cub fill the empty place in Toklo's heart? Or does Nanaluk conceal dangerous secrets of his own? The authors do a fine job recapping previous events, making this an accessible entry point for new readers. Unfortunately, the characters seem to have lost much of their accumulated growth and nuance as well: Toklo is angry and guilt-ridden, Lusa is wise but weak, Kallik is the nurturing peacemaker and Yakone exists mainly to be big and strong and have things explained to him. Scheming Nanaluk is a caricature of a villain, while the dreamlike visions of the ascended Ujurak only underscore the shift in theme from environmental awareness to a plea for interspecies tolerance. Lacks the urgency and coherence of the bears' first series, but fans will demand this follow-up. (Animal fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061996368
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Series: Seekers: Return to the Wild Series , #1
  • Pages: 283
  • Sales rank: 123,295
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.80 (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.

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    I LOVE ALL ERIN HUNTER BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Erin Hunter books are awesome and I would recommended them to any animal lover. I got the first Warriors(into the wild) and now I love any thing Erin Hunter and I would like to see someone in Hollywood to make them into MOVIE!!!!!!!!!! I just love the stories even though I'm 16. Everyone should at least read one Erin Hunter books because they would love her. Hats off to Erin Hunter!!!! We Love You!!!!!!!!

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    i cant wait for da new series

    a new series from the warriors is comin an i cant wait for it plus i hope for a animated hollywood movie about seekers and warriors p.s. the new series is called dawn of the clans:-)

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Erin hunter rocks

    This is my next book in the series. So im reading the one where ujarak dies! ): i cant wait for the next book! :D

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Luv seekers

    I am not afraid to say i cried when urgank died!!!! ):
    Love the books though

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Yay

    LOVE THIS BOOK

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Erin hunter rules!!!!!!!

    The best book i ever read, except the other erin hunter books!
    Love erin hunter!!!!!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Love the seekers!

    Sad that Ujurak died :( But i love how Yakone and Kallik are like in love xD i found Nanulak REALLY anoying.. BUT im glad to see hes gone for the next book =\ sorry for the people who liked him.. he was just so disrespectful to all of them mostly Ujurak and Lusa :( im just starting the next one and im really excited!! These are great books and i recomend them!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Report

    REPORT ALL RPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYONE DO IT!!! ITS NOT FAIR TO EVERYONE ELSE!!! ITS NOT LIKE THATS THE ONLY PLACE TO RP ANYWAY!!!!! THERE ARE TONS OF SITES THAT ARE WAY MORE CONVENIENT!!!!! ITS NOT FAIR TO US!!!!



    REPORT THEM ALL!!!!!!! ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO REPORT!!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!!! EMAIL BARNES AND NOBLE!!!!! DO WHATEVER IT TAKES!!!!!









    STOP ALL RPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Um,

    Ok, ppl, STOP RPing! You r suposed to write reviews, not rp! I enjoyed this book, i recomand it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Very good

    Erin Hunter did a very good job with the seekers series but i think she should make one chapter book instead of another series its just to much time each chapter could be a book it would be a long book but it would not be so much money or as time consuming but with what she had she did a very good job

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    ?

    Theres anouther seekers series???

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Done now hane to w8

    Comeon nxt book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    ??aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is going to be awsome!'cause I basicly dedicate my life to reading aaaaaaaaaaa again

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Just finished series 1

    Just finished series 1 and now on to series 2. Bye Ujrack =,(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    To Wrong

    You shut up! Warriors is NOT over and there IS another series called Dawn Of The Clans coming out! Now go find a hole to bury yourself in!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Good

    Some seelers books were sort of boring. This one onthe other hand was a great start to the next series. This is defanately the best of the seekers books and is defanately 5 out of 5 stars.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Whispertail to all who read erin hunter's series

    If you guys are goin' to play pretend, at least get yourselves to talk about something more interesting! Gosh!

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    SOOOOOOO AWSOME!!!!!!!!

    To all ho dont like this book: did you even read the book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Yellowstone pack

    " west yellowstone" result one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Hawkstar

    Marks his scent

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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