The Rise of Scourge (Warriors Manga Series #4)

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When kittypet Tiny crosses paths with some wild forest cats defending their territory, he is left with scars—and a bitter, deep-seated grudge. As his reputation grows among the strays and loners that live in the dirty brick alleyways of Twolegplace, he changes his name to Scourge and puts everything about his old life behind him—except his deadly desire for revenge.

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Overview

When kittypet Tiny crosses paths with some wild forest cats defending their territory, he is left with scars—and a bitter, deep-seated grudge. As his reputation grows among the strays and loners that live in the dirty brick alleyways of Twolegplace, he changes his name to Scourge and puts everything about his old life behind him—except his deadly desire for revenge.

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-7

This adaptation provides a look at the origins of the cat Scourge, the evil leader of the Bloodclan. Tiny is a fearful house kitten who is the runt of the litter. Once he strikes out on his own, though, he renames himself Scourge and vows to take revenge on the wild forest cats who once attacked him. Though drawn and laid out in a manga style, the illustrations are more detailed than typical manga drawings and effectively bring out the cats' personalities and characters. This is not a cuddly animal tale: there are some vicious attacks, one ending in a death.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061478673
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Series: Warriors Manga Series , #4
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 24,025
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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 July 23, 2008

    It never should have been...

    When I first read Warriors:the darkest hour I wondered why Scourge was so evil and why these big strong rouges were taking orders from a cat the size of an apprentice but now I understand. I mean did you see how Socks and Ruby treated him. It was terrible. And how dare Thistleclaw order Tigerpaw to attack a stranded kit.Its wrong.Also if Ruby hadnt said he'd get thrown in the River he could now be living with his mother.One upside to having scourge was the deathof Tigerstar.But you know what I think?If Scourge's litter mates weren't so cruel scourge would be the kind Tiny still and if Thistleclaw wasn't so battle-hungry Maybe Tigerclaw would have been a brave,respected hero like he was meant to be....

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Can this come on the NOOK? anyone want this on the nook?

    Can this come on the NOOK? anyone want this on the nook?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    Great book!!!

    It was the best Warriors book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    Cool book!

    This book was exiting, I read it al LEAST ten times! It's cute when Scourge is a kit.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Never knew.

    I always thought Scourge was mean. But he was really the smallest and weakest one with his littermates. In my opinion, it's Ruby's fault Scourge was evil. She said if you don't get adopted you'll get thrown in the river (Or something like that). So then he ran away. And I never knew how big Tigerclaw was. WOW.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Awesome!

    I'd been waiting to get this book for a LONG time, and when I finally did, I read it in just a few minutes! It was SO awesome, I now like Scourge more than I did before. Great work!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2009

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    Emotional.

    This was a great story I think it was the best warriors I have read even though it is a manga and only took me like 30 minutes to read. It literally had me crying over Scourge it is very sad and it touches your heart and teaches you not to mean to people who are different from you like Scourge's brother and sister did with him, and they got their just deserts. The story also, well in my opinion I don't know about other readers who have been scourge haters, but it does actually if you think hard justifies everything he has ever done (though I think the whole thing with Barley's sister was kind of mean...). Also now you know the reason to his reacting so strongly towards Tigerstar in taking his nine lives all at once I think it was pretty cool when he did that though because I HATE Tigerstar. Also, in reading other reviews that many of you fellow warrior adicts is Scourge perhaps distant kin of Firestar? If you think hardly Scourge's mother actually could be Firestar's just a different litter, or don't deny the fact that Scourge's mother could be Firestar's aunt. So that would make Firestar Scourge's second cousin you just have to think about what I have just typed and take time to wonder maybe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    I love Scourge!!!!!!

    I love Scourge!!!!!!!!! He is so cool!!!!! I know he was a murderous rat and all.. but he looks so ADORABLE on the cover and he is awesome and so fascinating and I want to know all about him!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    i like so much

    i like so much

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Verry good! I think this book is the reason I LOVE Scourge (well

    Verry good! I think this book is the reason I LOVE Scourge (well besides the fact he killed Tigerclaw)!! MUST READ!!

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    Must Read!-four star review

    I thought this book was fascinating, and i learned a lot more about scourge than i already knew. But the only problem was that this book was very short, and i finished it, along with three other manga books in one night. But i still think that any Warrior fan would take this book into consideration.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    The Rise Of Scourge

    This book has showed me how true warriors fight. It Seems a slatch in the neck works for this cat! In the book Scourge starts out as a little kit called tiny but, soon he changes alot. he becomes a street cat and is owner of bloodclan soon enough. In the end he wins the battle to fight tigerstar the leader of shadowclan.

    Check out this book at Barns n' Noble! Hope you liked my review :)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2009

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

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    Really Good!

    I had been reading the Warriors series and decided to try this series. I'm glad I did. It tells you what's going on with the other characters. Good background info.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    Half-bros

    Ok, i am really sure that Firestar and Scourge had the same father but differewnt moms, making them half-bros. I mean that would be aweome, the most evil cat in the forest and the Fire that saved the caln, so cool and ironic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    Am I the only one who figured this out....?

    Am I seriously the only person to put 2 and 2 together here? Scourage is realated to Firestar! Or atleast that is where the clues lead, page 13 at the bottom,his mother turns to the picture on the shelf and says 'You would be proud of your kits,my love.' 'Strange that none of them have your ginger fur....' '...But I see your spirit in them just the same.' Also in the begining in the Dear readers section Erin pointed out in bold letters. 'I was curious to see how another smart, ambitious, and courageous young cat 'is anyone else thinking FIRESTAR?'could end up following a much darker,blood-soaked path.' so as you can see in both sections of the book 'most obviously the one on page 13' they both point at Firestar and Scourage being conected, hence, Firestar has ginger fur, Scourage's father had Ginger fur. Firestar never knew his father, Scourage never knew his father.Firestar was born a kittypet, Scourage was born a kittypet. Firestar and Scourage are from the same generation and share many important qualities. While you don't HAVE to believe any of this it just makes sense

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2008

    I Don't Think They're Related!

    Hi it's me Foxstar again. Okay,I've read this like6 or 7 times and I thought,Scourge's mother's mate had ginger fur and a great spirit. Is Firestar Scourge's father??? But then remember when he was in the forest? Well Bluestar was BlueFUR and when Firestar met her She was Bluestar. Even though that doesn't matter remember Firestar was Barely 6 moons old so he wouldn't have kits.And if you say I have no proof if you read 'The Lost Warrior' Graystripe says'Both of us were barely 6 moons old' so either Scourge is older or the same age as Firestar.And also the time between the time of Scourge's meeting with ThunderClan and Firestar's Bluefur became Bluestar,Thistleclaw died, and Tigerpaw became Tigerclaw. So they could possibly be related but they're not CLOSE kin. Well thank you for reading. Look for (and READ!!) my other reviews. May StarClan guide your path(s).

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    The. best. Warriors. manga. EVER!!!

    I Got this after church two weeks ago, and i've caught myself reading it over and over again! Who knew that Scourge was such a cute kit! What a monster he turned out to be! :( I say it was Ruby's fault that he turned away from his home. No one throws a kit in the river!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    Rise Of Scourge

    This was WAY better than I expected, better than the Graystripe trilogy. You learn more about Scourge's first meeting with Tigerpaw (yes, TigerPAW) and how he became the evil of the forest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    Bravo!

    I totally loved it! now i think Tigerstar really got what he deserved! Great book, i think tiny, TINY not Scourge is cute. Warriors rule!

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