The Empty City (Erin Hunter's Survivors Series #1)

The Empty City (Erin Hunter's Survivors Series #1)

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by Erin Hunter
     
 

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From the author of the bestselling Warriors and Seekers books comes a thrilling new animal fantasy series. In Survivors, Erin Hunter shows readers the world through the eyes of dogs, as she did with cats and bears in her earlier series.

The Empty City begins with the Big Growl, a devastating earthquake that changes Lucky's world forever. Lucky

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Overview

From the author of the bestselling Warriors and Seekers books comes a thrilling new animal fantasy series. In Survivors, Erin Hunter shows readers the world through the eyes of dogs, as she did with cats and bears in her earlier series.

The Empty City begins with the Big Growl, a devastating earthquake that changes Lucky's world forever. Lucky has always been a Lone Dog, but now he needs a Pack in order to stay alive, so he teams up with a group of Leashed Dogs who have been separated from their owners.

Lucky's vivid point of view and the pulse-pounding action make for the start of an addictive series. The time has come for dogs to rule the wild!

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“Young readers will find plenty to like here, from the fast-moving plot, to the characterizations of individual dogs. A promising start for the many fans of the Warriors and Seekers adventure series.”
Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Lucky is a lone dog. Ever since he was young, he survived in his city alone. He disdains dogs who feel the need to belong to a pack, much less the wimpy "leashed dogs." One day, apocalypse strikes in the form of a giant earthquake, causing critical damage to a local nuclear facility. All the humans leave or die, and Lucky must find a new way through a world which no longer includes human leftovers. Following the runaway success of the Erin Hunter branded "Warriors" series, HarperCollins has spun off a bear series ("Seekers"), and now rolls out the "Survivors" world. Emulating Hunter's previous animal worlds, Lucky occasionally introduces dog vocabulary. "Sharpclaws" are cats, "longpaws" are humans, "The Big Growl" is his term for the earthquake—these terms are helpful in forcing the reader to see the world from a dog's point of view, but are not always consistent in their usage. Despite small drawbacks, however, the question of how dogs will survive in a post-human world is an engaging concept, and readers will race through the ending pages to see how Lucky and his friends survive. Reviewer: Raina Sedore
VOYA - Jennifer Rummel
Lucky has always been a lone dog, surviving on experience and instinct. When the Big Growl occurs, his world changes. He escapes from the Trap House and heads into the city. There he searches for food, but the other dogs are reluctant to share. While trying to hoard food, Lucky runs into trouble. When a band of dogs comes to his rescue, he is surprised to see his litter-sister among them. He is horrified to learn that she is a Leashed Dog. Lucky teaches the other dogs how to survive; how to hunt, where to sleep, and how to sniff out potential danger from humans and other dogs. Lucky does not know how his sister and her pack will survive without his help, but can a lone dog like Lucky become an alpha within a pack? A new series from The Warriors author is sure to be a hit with animal lovers and middle school readers. The book reads from Lucky's perspective, often using a new set of words for readers to puzzle over (Longpaws is the equivalent of humans). Seeing the world through a dog's eyes will change the reader's viewpoint on the world. The action and danger will keep readers turning pages, while the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next book. Reviewer: Jennifer Rummel
Kirkus Reviews
In this dog-themed series opener from the team behind the Warriors franchise, dogs must learn to face not only the results of the devastating earthquake that has turned their world upside down, but their own feelings of loyalty and independence. With the earth swelling beneath them and their cages twisting around them, the dogs in the shelter are trapped and frightened. Familiar with the legend of the "Big Growl," Lucky is able to quickly piece together what has happened. He and another dog, Sweet, manage to escape, only to find themselves in the middle of a city in ruin. With the humans ("longpaws") gone, it is up to Lucky to try to find food and shelter. He is quickly joined by other dogs who are desperately hungry and unprepared for their new world. Lucky is a reluctant leader, eager for a life of solitude, but he feels a kinship and responsibility for this new pack. Weaving together the horrific yet all-too-familiar scenes of natural disaster with the mythical legends of the dogs, Hunter expertly explores the tensions between responsibility and freedom; risk and safety; and loyalty and acceptance. Viewing the unfolding adventure through Lucky's eyes makes even the most mundane or familiar seem alive with magic. Wild and wonderful adventure for middle-graders. (Adventure. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062102591
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Series:
Erin Hunter's Survivors Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
64,193
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and 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 Seekers and Survivors series.

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