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Children's LiteratureThe prolific Erin Hunter (the pseudonymous author/authors of this "created" series) is back with Book One of "Warriors: the New Prophecy." Some of the main characters from the first six books of "Warriors" are present—in name, if not in spirit. It is a definite downer to watch Firestar, the former "kittypet" turned hero, become nothing but a generic spokesman for his clan while the action filters down several generations to the next batch of pussy protagonists. The new plot? Starclan—those deceased feline elders populating the night sky—lay down a new prophecy of doom on the shoulders of four untried cats, one representing each clan. Not only do these four have to learn to tolerate each other, they must also quest for the true meaning of their dreams. The answer, of course, will fill the next five books. In the meantime, there are just too many cats. It takes a close reading of the first fifty pages just to sort them out. Then the half dozen we are left with are fairly wimpy—with the possible exception of Squirrelpaw, Firestar's feisty, but obedience-challenged daughter. Could we have a little more characterization, folks, before your cat franchise goes down the tubes? 2005, HarperCollins, and Ages 10 to 12.