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Toklo's Story (Seekers Manga Series #1)

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Grizzly cub Toklo dreams of one day being a great big bear who will rule the forest. He will mark his wide territory and hunt the biggest game, and his brother, Tobi, will forever be at his side. Other grizzlies may stalk the forest alone, but Toklo and Tobi will always have each other.

Yet for now, they're too little to defend themselves, and when a terrifying grizzly demands they leave his territory—or else—they have no choice but to abandon the only home they've ever known. ...

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Overview

Grizzly cub Toklo dreams of one day being a great big bear who will rule the forest. He will mark his wide territory and hunt the biggest game, and his brother, Tobi, will forever be at his side. Other grizzlies may stalk the forest alone, but Toklo and Tobi will always have each other.

Yet for now, they're too little to defend themselves, and when a terrifying grizzly demands they leave his territory—or else—they have no choice but to abandon the only home they've ever known. Will Toklo be able to help his family find a new home—or will he just get them into even greater trouble?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
Toklo is a bear cub who looks forward to ruling his own part of the great forest in partnership with his smaller brother Tobi. Toklo knows that most bears mark and guard their territory alone, but he and Tobi vow to always stay together. However, one day a massive male bear finds and destroys their den and Toklo, Tobi, and their mother must flee to a safer area. Toklo's mother is injured while they travel, and Toklo and Tobi run into the very bear they are fleeing. Toklo's mother confronts the male bear with the not-so-surprising news that the cubs are his. The cubs flee while the mother defends them against the big bear and eventually all make it to safety. This graphic adaptation of the "Seekers" series either loses quite a bit in the translation to graphic format or the adaptation simply lays bare (no pun intended) just how weak this plot is. There is no real story line: bear cubs and mother are threatened by a big bear, so they leave for new territory. Mom hurts her leg rescuing one of the cubs from a river. Mom fights another bear. All is well in the end. Younger and emerging readers might find this a useful way to become acquainted with the original novel, but as a stand-alone work it is boring and plotless. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061723803
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Series: Seekers Series , #1
  • Pages: 82
  • Sales rank: 260,670
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.38 (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 June 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Wonderful story by Erin Hunter.

    Great details, amazing context, and terrfic pictures. Can't lie, just great! Recommend it to everyone, especially to those reading the Seekers series.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Good Story

    I enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    Great Manga!

    I really like this manga because as the title states Toklo's Story tells his story before The Quest Begins. It explains how Toklo's brother became ill and more.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Seekers Manga

    Very great! I love the seekers and warriors series, and this manga goes good with the collection.

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