Outcast (Warriors: Power of Three Series #3) [NOOK Book]

Overview

There will be three,
Kin of you kin....
Who hold the
Power of the stars
In their paws.

A secret prophecy shapes the lives of Firestar's grandchildren, but only one of the three knows about it. Jaypaw is captivated by the power it promises, and he believes the key to that power may lie buried in the distant past -- with the ancient cats who ...

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Outcast (Warriors: Power of Three Series #3)

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Overview

There will be three,
Kin of you kin....
Who hold the
Power of the stars
In their paws.

A secret prophecy shapes the lives of Firestar's grandchildren, but only one of the three knows about it. Jaypaw is captivated by the power it promises, and he believes the key to that power may lie buried in the distant past -- with the ancient cats who once walked these woods and now prowl through his dreams.His search for answers leads him toward the mountains -- the home of the Tribe of Rushing Water. Lionpaw and Hollypaw feel drawn to the mountains too, for different reasons.

But the mountains hide secrets as well as answers, and if the three cats find a way to get there, they may discover more than they ever expected.

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Of Firestar's three grandchildren, only one knows the secret prophecy that will shape their common future. With that haunting special knowledge, Jaypaw knows that he must seek answers in the deepest past and he believes that he will find those answers in the mountains. For different reasons, Lionpaw and Hollypaw also feel drawn to the home of the Tribe of Rushing Water. None of these brave cats, however, fully comprehends the dangers hidden in those high places.
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Jaypaw, the young medicine cat apprentice of the ThunderClan, has heard a mysterious prophecy: "There will be three, kin of your kin, who will hold the power of the stars in their paws." Is it possible this refers to Jaypaw and his two siblings, Hollypaw and Lionpaw? When two cats from the Tribe of Rushing Water come to ThunderClan to plead for help in fighting off intruders whose depredations have reduced this mountain-dwelling tribe to a subsistence existence, Jaypaw and his siblings hope to join the warriors who agree to aid the Rushing Water cats. Perhaps the distant mountains hold secrets that will show Jaypaw what the prophecy means. More than 300 pages later, there are no answers; the prophecy remains a mystery. Obviously, it has been left unresolved to pique readers' interest in the next sure-to-be-coming-soon volume. There is an overwhelming confusion of cats and clans, their roles and allegiances as well as repeated references to significant past events. Perhaps readers who have been fans from the beginning and have read the earlier books in this series can keep track of everyone and everything. If you are a potential fan of feline fantasy, it is highly recommended that you start with the first books in the series. Erin Hunter is actually the pen name for three women who work and write for Working Partners, a team of editors who create and develop new series fiction for children and teenagers. Book three in the "Warriors: Power of Three" series. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
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“A suspenseful adventure story that urges readers onward.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061757402
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Warriors: Power of Three Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 23,431
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Warriors: Power of Three #3: Outcast PLM

Chapter One

Jaypaw stretched, feeling the sun beat down on his fur. A warm breeze whispered around him, full of the scents of green, growing things. Somewhere above his head a bird was trilling, and he could hear the muffled slap of lake water on the shore.

"Jaypaw!"

Light paw steps ruffled the sound of the waves. Jaypaw pictured his mentor, Leafpool, splashing through the shallow water at the edge of the lake.

"Jaypaw!" she repeated, her voice sounding closer. "Come join me. The cool water feels wonderful."

"No, thanks," Jaypaw muttered.

For him, water was more than the gentle lapping of the lake against his paws. Instead, the sound of the waves brought back memories of cold water surging around him, the weight of soaked fur dragging him down, water filling his mouth and nose and choking the life out of him. He had drowned once in his dreams, lost in the underground tunnels with the ancient warrior Fallen Leaves, and had almost drowned for real when he and his Clanmates rescued the missing WindClan kits.

I've had enough water to last for the rest of my life.

"Okay." Leafpool's paw steps retreated, faster now as if she was bounding through the shallows, carefree as a kit.

Jaypaw padded on along the shoreline. He was supposed to be looking for mallow, but when he tasted the breeze he couldn't pick up any of the familiar pungent scent. As soon as the sound of Leafpool's paw steps faded, he veered away from the water and scrambled up the bank. He had something more important than herbs to find. He prowled forward, noseclose to the ground as he sniffed his way through clumps of grass and around shrubs until he came to the gnarled roots of a tree.

Here it is!

He dug his teeth into one end of the stick and pulled it out from behind the root that held it fast to the bank, away from the hungry waves. Crouching beside it, he ran his paw over the scratches, finding the group of five long and three short that stood for the five apprentices and three kits who had been trapped in the tunnels as the waters rose. All of them were scored through: Every cat had made it out alive. Jaypaw remembered making the scratches with Rock's scent wreathing around him; he had almost felt as though the hairless paw of the ancient spirit was guiding his claws.

But Jaypaw could also feel the single unscored scratch. Fallen Leaves, the ancient cat who had guided them, still walked the tunnels alone.

He closed his eyes and listened for the voices that used to whisper to him, but he could hear nothing except the wind in the trees and the ripple of the lake. "Fallen Leaves? Rock?" he murmured. "Where are you? Why won't you talk to me anymore?"

There was no reply. Jaypaw dragged the stick farther into the open, rolling it down the bank until the lake water could wash over it. He sniffed along its length, but all echoes of the past had vanished.

Jaypaw swallowed hard, almost ready to start wailing like a kit that had lost its mother. He wanted to speak to Rock, to find out more about the cats who had lived around the lake so long ago. He wanted to know why Fallen Leaves had been left to walk the caves when all the other ancient cats, even the others who had died down there, had passed on somewhere else.

He was convinced these were the same cats he had felt around him at the Moonpool, whose paw prints dimpled the spiral path that led down to the water. They were far older than the Clans, older even than StarClan. What wisdom they would be able to share with him! They might even be able to explain the prophecy to him, the mysterious words he had heard in Firestar's dream.

There will be three, kin of your kin, who will hold the power of the stars in their paws.

"Jaypaw, what do you think you're doing?"

Jaypaw started. He had been so intent on the stick and his thoughts of the ancient cats that he hadn't heard Leafpool approaching. Now he could scent her close to him and pick up the irritation that flowed off her.

"Sorry," he mumbled.

"We need more mallow, Jaypaw. Just because we aren't on the brink of battle now doesn't mean that cats won't get sick or injured. Medicine cats have to be ready."

"I know, okay?" Jaypaw retorted. And who stopped the battle? he demanded silently. WindClan and ThunderClan would have ripped each other apart if it wasn't for me and the others finding those lost kits.

He didn't want to explain himself to his mentor. He could sense her looking on severely while he rolled the stick back up the bank and hid it again under the tree root. Then he padded away from her, along the top of the bank, jaws parted to pick up the scents of growing things.

Before he had covered many fox-lengths he paused, staring sightlessly out across the lake. Wind buffeted his fur, pressing it close to his body.

Where are you? His mind called out to those long-ago cats. Speak to me, please!

"Jaypaw! Hey, Jaypaw!"

That wasn't the voice he wanted to hear. Biting back a hiss of irritation, Jaypaw turned to face Hazelpaw; he could pick up her scent and hear her paw steps as she bounded up to him. Blundering through the bracken like a fox in a fit!

"Look what I've got!" Hazelpaw's voice sounded gleeful and also half stifled, as if she was speaking around a piece of prey gripped in her jaws.

Jaypaw didn't bother to point out that he couldn't look at anything. Besides, the strong scent of vole told him what Hazelpaw was carrying.

"This is my last hunting assessment." The apprentice's voice was clearer now; she must have put down her prey. "If we do well, Berrypaw, Mousepaw, and I will be made warriors today."

Warriors: Power of Three #3: Outcast PLM. Copyright © by Erin Hunter. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Join EarthClan!

    Hello fellow Warrior fans! This is WILDSTAR leader of EARTHCLAN here! You may have seen my reviews on Sunrise, but now I'm posting one here! I'm just saying, PLEASE JOIN EARTHCLAN! We welcome warriors, apprentices, queens, elders, whatever you want to be!

    14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Leafpool/Crowfeather/Jaypaw/hollyleaf/lionblaze

    This book is my favorite yes Loinblaze Hollyleaf and Jaypaw are all Squrilflights kits. look Blambleclaw would know if they were Leafpools kits and Jaypaw and Lionblaze have both have seen Tigerstar in there dreams Hollyleaf never wanted to fight that might be why he never came to her. when it says the even the slender leafpool was looking quite plump she could have just eaten a lot and we all know squrrilflights out going she could have wanted to hunt and snuck out of camp to hunt and her kits came all of a sudden. and when leafpool wanted to tell crowfeather something it could have been anything it doesn't have to be about kits. Jaypaw has never been happy not scine he became a meadicne cat apprentice.

    11 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Neat book

    Amazing. Best warriors book yet. And I"m a kit stuck between two thunderpaths.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    Four Kits Of IceClan

    Okay just because Jaypaw doesn't look like Brambleclaw or Squirrelflight doesnt mean that thier not the parents!(I'm not crazy dont worry.the things i'm about to say are just to make it seemlike i'm talking through a Clan leaders eyes. the cats i'm going to mention are real but these aren't their real names. not real names because i'm making it seem like a Clan.)A cat in my Clan,Blackpelt,and her mate Twigwhisker had four lovely kits.Blackpelt is pure black and Twigwhisker is tabby with white paws and is white from chest to belly.None of their kits look exactly like them. Their first kit,Bluepaw(male), is a blue-gray cat with the most handsome face and he's very muscular.Their second and third,Nightpaw(male) and Lilypaw(female), are pure tabby, and they look nothing like their parents!They get their tabby gene from their grandmother,my deputy,Dawneyes.And their final kit,Rosepaw(female),is light grey with white paws and a white chest to belly! So just because Jaypaw,Hollypaw, and to some of you Lionpaw don't look like thier parents doesn't mean their not their kits it can be ancesteral genes.I'm not saying there not a chance their Leafpool and Crowfeather's but I,Foxstar(female),speaking for my Clan!!So think about it! Members of my Clan: Deputy:Dawneyes(female) MedicineCat:Softstripes(male) medicine cat apr.:Lilypaw9female) Warriors:Moonspot(male) Blackpelt(female) Cloudfur(female)apr.:Nightpaw(male) Squirrelheart( female)apr.:Rosepaw(female) Twigwhisker(male)apr.:Bluepaw(male) (these are not the cats' real names but they are real cats.I changed there kittypet names to warrior names to go with my review. this story is also true.)

    8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Love this book!

    This book was wonderful! I encourage people to read it!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Love it

    If you think this book is interesting wait till you read omen of the stars! =^•¿•^=

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    JAYPAW

    I am firmly convinced Jaypaw is Leafpool's kit.One of the reasons is that the authors let slip his warrior name-Jayfeather.You'd have to be VERY ignorant to not get this.I hope some answers will be revaeled in Outcast.See ya!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Warriors rock!

    I recomend warriors to anyone who can read.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Dont know

    Should i get it or should i not

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    URGENT

    Greetings this is Shiningstar formerly known as Shiningpelt. I am a silver she cat who is in need of a mate. A new clan has been started. It is called Shiningclan. It is located at " shining through" result two. I am looking for a deputy. The first spot is already taken by a lovely she cat named Oceanwave. For her description see Shiningclans home. To apply for deputy you need to have the follwoing information. Pelt color, eye color, battle skills, hunting skills, gender, and if you are in need of a mate or not. To apply for my mate you need to have the same information as the deputy. This is your last chance to apply as deputy. Our clan will be a glorious clan, a can that every clan will look up to. I want you to be part if that clan. Don't you?

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    So amazing unicorns cried.

    If i had to pick a favorite cat it would be jayfeather. I loove this
    book soooo much. It really is super interesting and a real page turner. -Silverpaw

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Outcast

    OMG! I hate people who just say erin hunter sucks! She doesnt! If you dont like her, which i do, then dont read her books! Otherwise, i love erin, shes great and awesome! Loved it!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Awesome

    I love this one with all the fighting!! I hopw you read !!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Boom i jaust have the book

    Its an asun book you should read it i like it allot

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Awesome!

    I love the warriors series! I haven't even read this book yet but i know it will be great!!!
    Jaypaw is so cool

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Mystrio

    This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love all the warrior books!!!!!!!!!! I would suggest this book to people who likes cats and adventure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Warriors

    These books are so cool! Please start reading the Warriors series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Hi

    Spoiler if you have not read the books after this one DO NOT READ THIS












    Lionblaze Hollyleaf and Jaypaw's real parents are Leafpool and Crowfeather because hollyleaf is black like crowfeather and jaypaw is a tabby like leafpool and a dark gray like a light crowfeather and lionblaze is golden like a lighter leafpool

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    New clan

    There should be a SEXCLAN

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    I love this book

    This book is full of supsence and will always leave u wanting more.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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