Secrets of the Clans (Warriors Field Guide Series)

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Online, by letter, and in person, readers have clamored to learn more about the world of the Warriors: How did the Clans come to be? What rituals do the cats go through as they become apprentices, warriors, medicine cats, and leaders? What are the legends the cats believe about their history and ancestors? How does a young warrior train?

These questions and many more will be answered in Secrets of the Clans, an illustrated field guide and companion book to the nationally ...

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Overview

Online, by letter, and in person, readers have clamored to learn more about the world of the Warriors: How did the Clans come to be? What rituals do the cats go through as they become apprentices, warriors, medicine cats, and leaders? What are the legends the cats believe about their history and ancestors? How does a young warrior train?

These questions and many more will be answered in Secrets of the Clans, an illustrated field guide and companion book to the nationally bestselling Warriors series. Including full-color art, fold-out maps, and beautifully designed pages, this is truly a treasure for any Warriors fan.

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A great idea: Warriors Field Guide serves as an authoritative illustrated companion book to Erin Hunter's mega-popular feline series. This carefully planned hardcover contains full-color art, useful fold-out maps, and a glossary; but series fans will also be drawn to the detailed text, which covers the various clans, their history, the characteristics, and their locales.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061239038
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/29/2007
  • Series: Warriors Field Guide Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 157,218
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as 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 Warriors and Seekers 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 Field Guide

Secrets of the Clans
By Erin Hunter

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Erin Hunter
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061239045

Chapter One

History of the Clans

Many moons ago, the forest was a wilderness, untamed by territories. In the north lay sweeping moorland; in the south was dense woodland. On the edge of the trees, a tumbling river flowed out of a dark ravine.

Cats came into the forest. They were drawn by the soft rustlings of small creatures, shadows under the water, and the sudden commotion of birds' wings in the trees. These were not warrior cats. They lived in small groups, not yet Clans. There were no borders set down. And they fought constantly, fearful that prey might run out and that their overlapping territories were being threatened.

It was a lawless, bloody time for the forest, and many cats died.

One night, when the moon was full, the cats agreed to meet at a clearing in the forest surrounded by four great oak trees. They argued over stolen prey. Claws flashed; challenging yowls rang across the forest. A terrible battle followed, and soon the ground was wet with spilled blood.

Many cats died that night. Exhausted by their wounds, the survivors slept where they had fought. When they woke they were bathed in moonlight. All around them they saw the spirits of their slain kin, no longer torn and bloodied but shining like fallen stars. They huddled on the ground, and, as the spirits spoke, they saw terrible visionsof the future. They saw the forest drowned in blood, their kits stalked by death at every pawstep. And they knew that the fighting had to end.

"Unite or die," said the spirits.

From among the living cats, a black female was the first to speak. She rose from the ground on stiff, battle-wearied legs. "My name is Shadow," she mewed. "How should we unite, unless we have a leader? I can hunt in the depths of the darkest night. Let Shadow rule the forest!"

"And you would lead us into darkness too!" meowed a silvery gray tom with green eyes. "I am River! I move through the forest along secret paths and hidden places. It is River, not Shadow, who should unite the forest!"

"The forest is more than River and Shadow," growled a wiry brown female. "Wind alone reaches its distant corners. I am as fast as the wind that blows from the high moors. I should be the ruler."

The largest surviving cat was called Thunder. He was a fiery orange tom with amber eyes and large white paws. "What good is any of that compared to my strength and skill at hunting? If any cat was born to rule, it is I."

A furious yowling broke out under the four great oaks, watched in silence by the spirit-cats. Dark clouds suddenly blew across the moon, and the living cats trembled in fear. On the top of a high rock, they saw a tabby cat, one of the fallen, her fur shining though there was no light in the sky. Her eyes flashed angrily at the cats on the ground.

"You are all as foolish as ducks!" she meowed. "Can't you think beyond yourselves for one moment? Think of your kits!"

The four cats—Shadow, River, Wind, and Thunder—looked up at the tabby, but none of them spoke.

"The forest is big enough to feed all your families and many more," she meowed. "You must find other cats like you, choose a home in the forest, and set down borders."

At that moment, the moon broke free of the clouds, revealing a circle of starlit spirit-cats around the edge of the clearing. A white tom stepped forward. "If you do this," he meowed, "we will reward you with eight more lives, so that you may lead your Clans for many moons to come."

Next to speak was a slender tortoiseshell. She stepped forward and stood beside the white tom. "We will watch over you from Silverpelt," she promised, and lifted her eyes to the crowded path of stars that swept across the night sky. "We will visit you in your dreams and guide you on your journeys."

"Once a month," meowed the white tom, "at the full moon, you will gather together here, between the four great oak trees, for a night of truce. You will see us above you in Silverpelt and know we are watching. And if blood is spilled on those nights, you will know we are angry."

"You will be warriors!" yowled the tabby from the high rock.

Thunder, River, Wind, and Shadow bowed their heads.

"From now on, you will live by a warrior code. Your hearts will be filled with courage and nobility, and if you must fight, it will be not for greed, but for honor and justice."

There was a long silence. Finally Thunder nodded his broad orange head. "This is wise advice. I believe we can choose our territories and lay down borders fairly, in peace."

One by one, the other cats murmured their agreement. Then they returned to their homes and sought out cats like themselves, with similar strengths and abilities. River found cats willing to fish for their prey. Shadow gathered nighttime hunters with clever minds and sharp claws. Thunder found hunters who could track prey through the thickest undergrowth. To Wind came the fastest runners and cats who loved the open moors. Then they divided the forest so each Clan had enough prey to survive, and all the cats could live in safety. And when the leaders returned to the four great oaks for the first night of the full-moon truce, their starry ancestors gave them eight more lives, as they had promised.

There was not always peace between the Clans, but that was to be expected—cats are born with claws and teeth for a reason. Still, as long as they lived by the warrior code, their fallen ancestors would watch over them and guide them through their lives.

And so the age of the warrior Clans began.



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  • Posted April 5, 2009

    Good Book! Read AFTER 1st Series of Cat Warriors

    The Cat Warrior series is great for boys & girls in 4-6th grade range. This book is best read after the 1st series (1st 6 books) in the Cat Warrior series. It explains the history of how some of the things in the first series came to be - but you need the stories of the 1st 6 to understand what the Secrets are talking about.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Warriors Luver Must-Have

    This gives you all the info that you need to know for the Wwarriors series. If you are hooked on this series like me, this is definetly something that you don't want to miss out on!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    outrajes

    it is awosome it tells the history the secorites but i can't tell you any more read the sampile if you like it by it

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2007

    hey this is icestripe proud warrior of thunderclan!

    erin hunter u have inspired me.. my dream is to become an author like you.. im writing a book similiar to your books erin.. i love all the warrior books more than anyone can imagine.. and i love firestar.. ive always loved him ever since the very first book 'into the wild'.. these are definately my favorite books ever.. i cant wait for the next book in the series.. i know its gonna be great.. when i read your books i go into a different world.. its simply amazing.. i hope it never ends.. erin keep writing! sending out my love to all you true warrior fans and erin and all of the clans especially thunderclan!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    I love warriors!

    This is a sweet book,its real cool and Ilearned new things. FIRESTAR RULES!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    Great book.

    This book reveals secrets you will not learn in other books. Great book.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    SnowClan

    hey anyone who wants to be in snowclan tell me

    PS my name is leopardstar leader of snowclan

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Firestar...

    Firestar died in the last hope want to help VOTE?VOTE if you want firestar to come back or stay dead so yes or no thx!!!;)

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Darkstar

    This book is ... AWESOME!!!!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    WILL YOU PEOPLE PLEASE ACTUALLY REVEIW THE BOOK?!?

    What the headline says.... BUT SERIOUSLY! ITS A LITTLE ANNOYING

    5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Hi

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    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Great book Great book

    Great book for younger Warriors fans

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Revewing... Not Chating

    First and foremost, this is the best book series i have ever read. It is full of exitement and adventure, and perfectly suits the eneegetic readers mind. For all of you who are rather confused by the random posts, ignore them. Just look at the ratings starting with most helpful. These books consist of four main clans, thunderclan, windclan, riverclan, and shadowclan. Anything else mentioned is a bunch of mumbo jumbo crow food that shouldnt be mentioned. To all of you who post that, keep it to yourself! Nobody wants to hear about how badly you want a mate and kits, or about your clans that dont even exist. Post a review or dont post at all. You stir anger in starclan(warrior ancestors, not land clan).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Icepaw

    This handybfield guid tells you every thing including medicines and what they do

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    check it out.

    this book is great

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Hdisnjcjs

    I hear dabout this from my friend,she got it at the library. It said that Scourge was a black cat with a white paw, (r u ready for this? Spoiler alert!) and a HIGH. PITCH. VOICE!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Anonomous

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Children will LOVE it!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Koko

    Rise of BloodClan Improved(The spinoff of Rise Of BloodClan) Allegiances SkyClan Leader-Patchstar- pretty dappled she-cat with pale green eyes Deputy- Lilyclaw- ginger she-cat with dark amber eyes Medicine Cat- Redpool- reddish tom with light green eyes Warriors- Birchheart- black tom with white chest and belly, tawny eyes Squirrelpelt- russet she-cat with darker paws and hazel eyes Silvernose- silver tabby tom with white paws and bushy tail Ravenflight- ginger-and-white she-cat with blue eyes Swiftfang- blue-gray tom with amber eyes Lichenscar- raggedy gray tom with yellow eyes BloodClan Leader- Scourge- small black tom with one white paw Deputy- Bone- black and white tom with green eyes Warriors- Willow- ginger she-cat with white underbelly, Scourge's mate Ginger- pale ginger she-cat with dark paws and muzzle Jasper- dark gray tom with white paws and chest, amber eyes Sedge- spotted tom with hazel eyes Berry- silver tabby she-cat with blue eyes Raven- black tom with one white paw and icy eyes Rain- golden she-cat with dark glow Lion- golden tom, Lionblaze's son Boulder- skinny gray tom Thorn- sleek orange tabby tom, green eyes Spin- pale white she-cat Star- white she-cat with dark patches, Foxleap's daughter Slash- dark blue-gray tom with amber eyes Sorrel- scarred she-cat with icy eyes Leaf- spotted she-cat with orange eyes Ice- black and white tom with icy eyes Cynder- shade-furred she-cat with pale blue eyes Snake- black and white tabby tom with sleek underbelly Storm- stormy gray tom with sharp claws and teeth Snow- white she-cat with yellow eyes Blood- russet tom with white eyes Mouse- large ginger tabby tom with black paws Snipe- black and white tom Barley- black and white tomcat Violet- black and white she-cat with purplish glow Indigo- blizzard-colored tom with raggedy fur Brick- russet ginger she-cat with reddish glow Wing- sleek dusty she-cat with night-black fur and jagged teeth, angered easy

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    JOIN BLAZECLAN

    AT BLAZE FIRST RESULT.ALL POSITIONS OPEN BUT LEADER.JOIN TODAY!~FLAMESTAR

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    JB

    VERY GOOD BOOK!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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