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The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans Series #1)

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See how the warrior Clans came to be . . .

For many moons, a tribe of cats has lived near the top of a mountain, where prey is scarce and seasons are harsh. When a mysterious vision reveals a land filled with food and shelter, a group of brave young cats sets off in search of a better home. But great dangers await them. . . .

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Overview

See how the warrior Clans came to be . . .

For many moons, a tribe of cats has lived near the top of a mountain, where prey is scarce and seasons are harsh. When a mysterious vision reveals a land filled with food and shelter, a group of brave young cats sets off in search of a better home. But great dangers await them. . . .

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As the sun begins to rise on a new Warriors series, readers squint their eyes towards the horizon. Erin Hunter's new saga involves a threatened clan of cats, a vision of deliverance, a quest, and looming dangers on every side.

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
The Sun Trail is a story about many cats living in a cave with little food or space. They see a ray from the rising sun and decide to follow it hoping to find a new place that will be beautiful and where food will be plentiful. They are tired when the journey begins and it only gets worse as they travel, since none of them have ever been out of the mountains before. Clear Sky is a great brother and friend, but it does not last. His brother, Gray Wing, has strong feelings for Storm, but Clear Sky took her from him. Eventually, his family and friends become second to him, and he turns on the moor cats. This book has great adventure, it is fast moving, and filled with powerful emotions. There characters are well-developed and the storyline leaves readers excited for the next book. Recommended. Part of the "Warriors" series. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062063465
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: Warriors: Dawn of the Clans Series , #1
  • Pages: 313
  • Sales rank: 49,373
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (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.

Wayne McLoughlin studied art at San Diego State University and has worked as a writer and illustrator for such magazines as Esquire and National Lampoon. His books for children include Fireflies, by Alice Hoffman, Here is the Wetland, by Madeleine Dunphy (both Hyperion), and Loch, by Paul Zindel. He lives with his wife and daughter in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

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.

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Awesome!

    YES! Finely its on the nook!! It will be so cool to see how the clans were first made and maybe even how the cat first got together! I also really like the cat on the cover! He reminds me of firestar only more of a red-ish-brown.

    71 out of 103 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Sweet!

    In the Dawn of the Clans, you'll meet the first leaders, including Skystar! I hope we read how Lightningtail died.

    69 out of 99 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I WANT THIS BOOK SO BADLY!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS LOOKS SOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!! BUT I HAVE TO WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANNA READ ABOUT THUNDERSTAR, RIVERSTAR, SHADOWSTAR, WINDSTAR, AND SKYSTAR!!!!!!!!!!! I'M GOING CRAZY NOW!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I! WANT! IT! NOW!

    45 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    OMG!!

    CANT WAIT! I THOUGHT THE SERIES ENDED CAUSE FIRESTAR DIED BUT I WAS WRONG! NOW I JUST HAVE TO WAIT 5 MORE MONTHS...

    29 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Yes! And if ur wondering....

    Ya this book is going to be about well duh the beinging of the clans!! This should carry on for a long while. And i ur wondering why till 5th if march is because this book is gona be alot of pages!!! And shes still gona edit it and get the book copies read then b&n has to make the progarm and test to see if the books uploda and they have to transfer ALL the book over to a nook. So it takes a while. I say till January to finish up the book and all of Febuary to get the dowlaoded versions ready. So thts 2 months left till the Hardcover Warriors books come. And thts why it takes long. U want it sooner then fine get a short, sooner ordered crappy book. Or. Wait get a nice long book tht is very detailed and AWESOME. Ur choice...

    28 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2012

    Hunter!

    WAHOO! I KNEW HUNTER WASN'T DONE! GO THUNDERSTAR!!!!!!!!!!!

    25 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    I new Erin wouldnt fail us! Way to go Erin!!!!

    25 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Review on "Warriors: The Sun Trail"

    I just finished reading The Sun Trail, and have to say I am somewhat impressed. After the completely sickening end to Omen of the Stars, I was reluctant to pick up the next Warriors book, thinking that it might be just as bad. But for some odd reason or another, I found myself picking up The Sun Trail and settling down to read. Definetely not the best Warriors book I've ever read, but not as terrible as the Omen of the Stars series—I mean, what was the POINT of six poorly written books for a very "undramatic" ending? What a waste of time and money!! I am pleased to say that The Sun Trail was worth it, and a fairly good read.
    The Sun Trail takes place long before the events in Into the Wild, the first Warriors book. So you could start here without getting confused!! A Tribe of wild cats live in the mountains, where prey is scarce, and the cold winters make survival hard. When their leader, an eldely shecat named Stoneteller, or Half Moon, recieves a strange sign, some of the Tribe cats belive that food and survival may be easier elsewhere. A tomcat named Gray Wing is skeptical about leaving, but when his half-brother Jagged Peak runs away, he is given no choice but to leave and forge a home someplace else.
    The cats face many trials on their way there, including deaths of several members. When they arrive at the "end of the sun trail" they are faced with more problems—hostile "rouges" and other cats that are reluctant to share the space. The fighting amonst the cats eventually leads up to a "final battle" according to "Secrets of the Clans", where the cats join together, led by the strongest cats after the battle—Thunder, Wind, Shadow, River, and Sky—to form "Clans".
    The Sun Trail was filled with lots of action, and got very fast-paced towards the end. But in the beginning of the book, it was rather slow. I was confused by all of the cats, and had trouble adapting to all of their names, because apart from Half Moon and Lion's Roar, I had no clue who any of them were. As the book progressed, I began to piece things together, and realized that there are lots of "original" Clan cats here—such as Wind(star) and Gorse(tail), the first leader and deputy of WindClan, Tall Shadow (possibly Shadowstar, first ShadowClan leader), Dappledpelt (first RiverClan medicine cat), and Cloudspots (first ThunderClan med cat). Some of the characters I didn't really like either, such as Clear Sky, Jagged Peak, Dewy Leaf, Moon Shadow, and especially Storm. I can't understand why Gray Wing liked her so much, when Turtle Tail was a much nicer cat!!
    Also, we didn't have that much of a chance to get "attatched" to the characters before they died, so it really wasn't that sad to me, because I didn't really have any feelings for those cats. I hope that in the next book, Thunder Rising, the Erins will emphasis more on their characters. I also can't wait until the "final battle", which I hope is in the next book. I'd also like to hear more about how the first Clans were organized, later in the series.
    All in all, fairly decent, and I think The Sun Trail deserves it's three stars. If you, too, were disapointed by Omen of the Stars, it might be worth your while to give Dawn of the Clans a fair chance. I hope this review was helpful!!
    –LG

    23 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    WHOOOOAH YESSSS

    Thank StarClan! The Erins finally made a new series. I mean I got board with the same old kitties. Except my Jay-Jay. I <3 him. Yes I am a she-cat. No I don't his kits. People thse days ugh... Anywho.. I want to meet a new cast. Firestar is sooo five moons ago. Dont even get me started on Yellowfang. SHE IS AWESOME. I meant on Berrynose. Annoying! I hope there is a she-cat named Pinekit a russent she-cat with amber eyes like the sunset. Or a kit named Scarlettkit she is good. Or Indagokit. Or JAY-JAYKIT! Sorry.

    21 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    I love warriors

    It has been so long since her last book came out i am about to die i got to meet erin hunter

    12 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Can't wait

    I love warriors. I am just so exited. Can't wait to read it!YYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!

    12 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Hard to tell ppl are excited

    BUT I DONT BLAME THEM CUZ ERIN HUNTER DIDNT FAIL AFTER ALL!!!!!!!!! I KNEW IT!!!!!!

    11 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Seriously?

    Seriously? Erin Hunter, give it up already!!!!!!! Aren''t there ENOUGH warriors books yet?. I used to adore these books. And then more came out...and more...and more and more and more and...i mean, enough is ENOUGH! Going into the Omen of the Stars series, i began to feel like erin was struggling for ideas, willing to put anything into books so that fans would keep buying anything that came out under the warriors name!!! I was right. The magic and ghost cats were just too much. I finished the book where firestar dies (hated it so much i forget the name) and promptly put my enourmous set of warriors books in our yard sale. And now this. I don't get how people can still be reading these. I mean, how many times can you read about magic cats before getting sick to your stomach? I know lots of people will totally disagree with my review, but my opinion is my opinion, so you'll have to get over it. >.<

    9 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    A must read for Warrior fans!!!!

    You will not be disappointed with this new book in the Warrior series. I was so sad when the original series ended and now.....whoohoo!!!!! more Warrior adventures. This series explains how the "original" clans of the forest came to be. Definitely don't want to say too much and give anything away. I will say, you will love this book. I know I did and can't wait for Book two to be published. Happy reading!!

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Hi

    This book is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is very different than the other books because it is about the beggining of the clans. There is an amazing surprise in there for the people who have already read the power of three series.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    PLEASE READ

    Thank you for reading this.
    Please stop doing 'RP's, they block up the review section for people who actually want to know about the books! I would personally love to know whether it is a good book or not before I pay $11.99 to read it!
    Exept that i cannot find a single review for the actual book! Only people ranting on about how awesome or stupid they are.
    I have seen a couple completely off topic reviews, mostly about how stupid being gay is, I find most of you to be repulsive.
    As for the people who RP then there are forums for that. No need to clog up the review system.

    -Neverre

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Hi

    I bought the free sample and it seems like its gonna be a good book...

    Also stop role playing when u should be writing reviews!!! Like seriously there are a whole lot of websites made just for that! Start acting sophisticated, role players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    I hope jayswing doveswings ad lions roar ar in it

    Becuase there lionblaze dovewing an jayfeather

    5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Yay!!!!!!!!

    This is so exciting! I'm trying to read all the other books before this one comes out! I am stoked!:)

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Hi

    Kitty cats

    5 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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