The Last Wilderness (Seekers Series #4)

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Is this journey's end . . . or just the beginning?

Toklo, Kallik, Lusa, and Ujurak have finally reached the Last Great Wilderness, the legendary bear paradise they've been searching for. But while his companions think they've come to the end of their long journey, Ujurak feels a deep unrest. Is this truly where they're meant to be?

In the Last Great Wilderness, one by one the bears begin to remember their true natures. Toklo feels the urge to ...

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Overview

Is this journey's end . . . or just the beginning?

Toklo, Kallik, Lusa, and Ujurak have finally reached the Last Great Wilderness, the legendary bear paradise they've been searching for. But while his companions think they've come to the end of their long journey, Ujurak feels a deep unrest. Is this truly where they're meant to be?

In the Last Great Wilderness, one by one the bears begin to remember their true natures. Toklo feels the urge to hunt caribou and mark his territory as a brown bear should, and Kallik feels the pull of the ice within her. It's only Lusa, happy just to be in the wild, who fears the day when her friends will leave her to follow their own paths.

As the bears adjust to this new life, disaster strikes. The friends are forced to venture into the world of the flat-faces to save the life of one of their own. Once there, the end of their journey seems farther away than ever, as a new path spreads out before them.

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Editorial Reviews

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“These stories will be welcomed by the Warriors series’ many fans.”
VOYA - Pam Carlson
Having reached the Last Great Wilderness, Urujak, Toklo, Kallik, and Lusa believe their quest to find a home free of flatfaces is over. Instead, Urujak is forced to transform himself into human form after an accident leaves him near death. The flatface healer is kind, but he and his friends are no match for greedy politicians who want to develop the land and take the oil. Urujak is kid/bearnapped to a hospital where he can receive "proper" treatment. His friends follow as best they can, attempting to avoid both humans and the sticky, stinky oil that is apparently spilling across the ground just waiting to be absorbed into their fur. Exhausted and hungry but reunited, the four brace themselves for the next part of their journey—across the ice into Kallik's territory. Will they stay together? Will they ever find home? With new challenges coming, it's beginning to seem doubtful. The narration often reflects the energy level of the bears, dragging or moving briskly. Human characters are stereotyped as wise and understanding or mean and rotten. The tracking ability of the bears is a bit unbelievable, along with their uncanny avoidance of capture, but fans of the Seekers series won't mind the predictability that they will overcome all obstacles. Reviewer: Pam Carlson
Children's Literature - Allison Fetters
When four bears—Ujurak, Lusa, Toklo, and Kallik—form an uncommon friendship, their shared journey reveals their many different facets. Although they have their own individual longings and innate desires in terms of their destinies, they look to the needs of each other before acting on their own wants. Ujurak teaches them the importance of following the internal voice that guides an individual. Through Lusa, they learn of determination and tenacity. Toklo provides protection and the spirit of a watchful big-brother. Kallik displays maturity and stability reminding the young ones to be cautious. The book's environmental message speaks loudly and serves as a much-needed reminder of the damage humankind is capable of inflicting on Mother Earth. The bears' discovery of the flat-faced world shows progress being made to the detriment of the planet's inhabitants. This enjoyable read with a message speaks to the heart and consciousness of the reader. Reviewer: Allison Fetters
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060871338
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Seekers Series , #4
  • Pages: 265
  • Sales rank: 91,366
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.75 (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 3, 2011

    This book is great!

    The book I am reviewing is Seekers The Last Wilderness.This is the Forth book in a amazing series by Erin Hunter.She also has wrote the series Warriors.This book is an example of fiction.This book is about four bears Toklo,Kallik,Lusa and Ujurak Who set out on a Journey to save the wilderness.The four bears are growing apart and they need to come together to finish there journey.This book keeps you guessing whats next. This book suggests that if we don't stop polluting the animals will have nowhere to go. There is a setting in the book were they are in a oil town and they are destroying the wilderness."Until we came to this place,I didn't know why. I thought I was trying to find a place where bears can live safely. But it's more than that." I think this book was great. I think if you are going to read this book, rtead the whole series!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Awesome Series

    My 9 year old daughter bought the first seekers book with a B&N gift card. It sat for a while then she started reading it for homework and by the end of the week, it was finished. She said it was the best book she has read yet and can't wait to start the second book. She begged me to get the book, I bought the second and third Seeker books for Valentine's Day and wanted them to be a surprise. Every time we went to Barnes and Nobles prior to Valentine's Day, she pleaded with me to buy the second book. I said no we can't this visit. I asked, are they that good, she said yes there were. When she opened her Valentine's gift, she was so excited to have both the second and third books, she started reading them that day. She finished those pretty quickly. She received a B&N gift card from a family member and she bought the fourth Seekers book. She is waiting for a fifth one to come out. She loves these and she thinks she is going to start the Warriors series, which is by the same author. I highly recommend this book to a family that wants to get their child to read an adventure that they will remember!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Me to the people with warrior names

    Stop chating. This is a book review thing not a chat room. You know who you are. Anyway, very good book.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Seeker's Series

    The edition of Seeker's series follows story line.

    My Granddaughter loves the whole series, and all Erin Hunter's books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Greatest Erin Hunter series!

    Read this series. You will fall in love with it as soon as you read the fist page.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Seekers Fan

    I love the Seeker series but this book is one of my favorites, after the 6th book, any way If you havnt read this book before you deffinitly should.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    NOT THE BEST

    The other books were better but tis one was okay. Ujurak was shown really well, but toklo riunning away was just a waste of time.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    Awesome

    this is good book i rate it a 5

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    To briar's story

    Amazing i loved that little bit. Plus this series is really good. My favorite was Kallik.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Just read it!

    when i recomend a book to my mom she always likes it. So u should get this book. and its about bears that try to find the last wilderness, wich is were bears go to meet. its supposed to be never ending food and water. this book is filled with surprises and sadness.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Erin h.

    I love you books

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Briar's Story Chapter 1

    Briar yawned and stretched;it was the most peaceful day outside she'd seen in a long time. Her mother was a rogue and was raising her greatly. Briar was crouched down as the brindled tabby she-cat waited for her mother to come back from hunting with her prey. But Briar was not allowed to hunt. Her mother warned her not to venture too far into the forest since she was only a five-moon-old kit. The she-cat sighed and wished she could hunt and fight like the other cats could. "I hate being a kit," she muttered as she dug her tiny claws into the earth and raked them across it. She froze. A loud voice was growling at her and the she-kit was aware of a pair of eyes watching her;big and dark eyes which caused her to wince and slowly back up. The eyes disappeared as she saw her mother padding back to her,a mouse dangling from her jaws. Briar wrinkled her face. "That's it? One sour little mouse?" she hissed. "It's better than nothing," her mother meowed,narrowing her eyes. After she was finished eating,her mother began talking. "I think you're ready to began your first hunting lesson," she meowed. "Really?" Briar asked. "Yes," she meowed. Briar winced. A large black tom hurled himself in the air and landed on Briar,his claws scouring and slashing across Briar's sides. Briar yowled as blood dripped from her shoulders. "Get away!" her mother yelled,running at the tom. The tom narrowed his eyes and ran at the speed of lightning to the Thunderpath;he looked like he lived in Twolegplace. "Get back!" Briar's mother roared as she defended her kit,running across the Thunderpath. The tom recoiled as a large monster zoomed across the Thunderpath. "Mom,look out!" Briar shrieked. Briar's mother turned and ran,fleeing across the Thunderpath as the monster got closer. It got very close now. Briar's mother was running at top speed as she tried to escape the Twoleg monster which was now madly close to her. The she-cat gasped and recoiled. But the monster swiveled as she ran and hit her. Briar gasped and her mother's yowls died down as she lay limply on the Thunderpath where the monster had struck her swiftly. "Mother!" she yowled. But Briar knew she was gone. Bolts of shock filled her as her eyes clouded with grief and sorrow. Now how would she survive? The sky clouded and drops of rain filled the air,turning it black. She was all alone now and needed to fend for herself. But how? She was only a kit! Sighing,Briar stood up,shaking tears off her pelt and on the ground. "Mouse-dung," she hissed. Maybe Twolegplace would be safest considering the fact that she wouldn't disobey her mother by running off into the forest. Briar narrowed her orange eyes. Today was the worst day ever! It had to be a dream! But maybe she could avenge her mother's death by finding the cat that lured her into the Thunderpath in the first place. Kit or no kit,she had to be brave! She had to learn how to hunt and fight by herself or she would never learn to survive the harsh wild without her mother. Puffing out her chest,she padded back into the den which now seemed old and lonely to do her thinking and plan what she'd do next. The brindled she-cat dropped into a crouch on her feather-lined nest and yawned as drops of cold rain began to drip from the sky and fall to the ground. Memories of her mother's death filled her mind. Blood yowled as she felt blood drip from her wound;her mother had risked her life for her. To Be Continued…

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Reading rebal

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT! U HAVE GOT TO GET IT! I LOVE SEEKERS!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Seekers #4

    It is ful of awsomness and you never want to stop reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Can't progress! :(

    For some reason I can no longer backtrack in the book.and I can't progress past page 72. It just repeats pages 69, 70, 71, and 72. So disappointed.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Hu

    What are guys talking about

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Scarpaw to sparkfoot

    I LOVE RAVENCLAW :-D
    its amazing

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Great Sample

    Awesome all ready,cant even put it down! :) I cant wait to buy the real thing!!!!! :):) I <3 it!!!! :) :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Good Book

    This is one if the best books I've ever read!!!.......Once you start reading you arent going to stop.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

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    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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