Survivors: Alpha's Tale [NOOK Book]

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A sixty-page novella set in the world of the bestselling Survivors series by Erin Hunter! Since the first action-packed Survivors novel, readers have been clamoring for more of the dogs and the world they love. In this original prequel, readers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the story of Alpha, the fierce half-wolf who leads the Wild Pack.

Long before the Big Growl struck, Alpha was born the only half-dog in a pack of wolves. The other ...

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Overview

A sixty-page novella set in the world of the bestselling Survivors series by Erin Hunter! Since the first action-packed Survivors novel, readers have been clamoring for more of the dogs and the world they love. In this original prequel, readers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the story of Alpha, the fierce half-wolf who leads the Wild Pack.

Long before the Big Growl struck, Alpha was born the only half-dog in a pack of wolves. The other wolves made him suffer for it—until he swore he would never be the runt of a Pack again. . . .

Survivors: Alpha's Tale also includes a teaser chapter to Survivors #5: The Endless Lake.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062291516
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Survivors
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 90
  • Sales rank: 16,112
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Intrested

    I'm intrested in alphas P.O.V.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Another side of Alpha...

    I loved this story,it had such emotion delivered in its short length.It's beautifully written from start to finish and it answeres a few questions.

    I have a new respect for the wolf dog that has been depicted as a cruel selfish leader in the books.

    If you want an amazing (but short) story that features sadness ,betrayal ,and a pinch of romance you need to read this!

    I can't wait for more SURVIVORS novellas (and novels) in the future.
    I'm so addicted to this epic series!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Nuttela

    I love this book "wish it was longer" I now know why Alpha act's like a grummpy booger *hehe* he had everything taken from him :*( like his mom, his love, and his respect

    Ya person below me EAT NUTTELA!!!!!!!!!!

    - A Person : b

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Love it

    Love it, love the sieries. In this book there is saddness, anger, heartbreak, betrayal, regret, but in all this there is happeness, comedy, love, and fun. Ok now there will be NO spoilers in this review, none! In the beginning of the book pup ( all wolfs puppy names ) was **** *** ** ** *** *** pack, then it was his naming ceramony and at first it was ***** ****, then ***** his ******* gave him a terrible ****. *** never liked ***** again, one season later *** gained ranking to hunter, and when he was leading the hunting ****** made him loose a ****, he was so mad at ****** he challenged her , made *** of *** becouse he is half dog. She said " what challenge? I don't see a challenge, all I see is a **** *** ****! So what say do *** **** ****** a wolf!" Then made him take all the **** **** to camp. He was so raged that he took his **** out on his ****** ***, she tried to **** him but he didn't think that would ** ********. He told her to ***** him *****. The next day he was on a ******* party near the ******* of there territiory, that's where the ******* lives with him ***** ****, so ***** led them into the *** where the ***** were, then the *******'* ****** **** came and ******** them, ***** and the rest left *** to **** for himself, he slipped and hit his **** on a ****, laying there the ****** **** surounded him , they didn't **** him but stood there. Then he was *** , when he **** he was in a ****** place, them he met ********, a ****** ***, but she was **** to him..................that's all I'll tease you with! Lol read the book ,its short but really good! It gives you a new respect for *** or **** or alpha, what ever you want to call him! P.s. eat NUTTELLA

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    I have question

    Is the endless river out yet? And reptide :) ():::::::::()::::::::::::::::::>

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    SAD!!!!!!!!!! RE: $apphire

    WHAT CRUEL NAME!!!!!! POOR "ALPHA" HE GOT SUCH A MEAN BROTHER AND HIS MOTHER WOLF TRIED TO SAVE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND HIS NAMING CEREMONY AND HIS POOR POOR MATE!!!!!!!! I CAN NOT BEAR IT!!!!!!!!!!! :-( I want VENGANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Wolf

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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    MUST READ....

    Wah! Wann read Alphas tale!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Fb

    I'm first

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Join gemclan

    At geomotry res.1-12 ~knifekit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Please join ThunderClan!

    Please join ThunderClan. We are at 'hyacinth' result 1, and really need more members! Thank you, and may StarClan light your path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Little spoiler

    Amazing book as u may hav heard alpas name was pup and he was the runt because he was half dog and half wolf but i think he was so hard on lucky and the runts and the omegas in the wild pack because he used to be the runt and wanted someday else to get picked on for once and he didnt want to remain or remember being the runt if the pack

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    Raven

    Read my post at res 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    SURVIVAL CAMP AT SURVIVOR RES THREE

    BIOS AT RES TWO

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Who knew

    Ho knew alphas former name was pup

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Alpha

    Wow really DEEP story feel bad fur Alpha and his tale of woe. (Should it say TAIL?) :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    To who is Snail

    Snal is Firey as a puppy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Whos snail?

    Great book and all but i cant figure out who is snail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Helping story

    Read all books by this auther

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    HEY THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE!

    The ban of magic food, for Clans, has started at 'ban voting'! ThornClan supports this ban!

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