Warrior's Refuge (Warriors Manga Series #2)

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Graystripe and Millie's journey to find ThunderClan has only just begun when the pair is faced with a series of obstacles that seem insurmountable. Getting out of Twolegplace alive isn't nearly as simple as expected, and Millie's unfamiliarity with life in the wild makes it a challenge for Graystripe to keep them both moving forward. But just when a temporary refuge is in sight, conflict with a tribe of barn cats threatens to break the travelers apart for good!

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Overview

Graystripe and Millie's journey to find ThunderClan has only just begun when the pair is faced with a series of obstacles that seem insurmountable. Getting out of Twolegplace alive isn't nearly as simple as expected, and Millie's unfamiliarity with life in the wild makes it a challenge for Graystripe to keep them both moving forward. But just when a temporary refuge is in sight, conflict with a tribe of barn cats threatens to break the travelers apart for good!

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The linchpin volume of the Warrior manga trilogy follows Graystripe and Millie's eventful search for ThunderClan. For this likable pair, danger seems to be everywhere: Even getting out of Twolegplace challenges their fledgling skills, and just when things seem a bit easier, a pack of barn cats threatens to wreak havoc on their mission!
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
I was caught up in this story immediately and had no trouble understanding the storyline, even though it had been continued from the first book. Two cats named, Graystripe and Millie set off to find ThunderClan, the home of Graystripe. At the start of the journey, everything seems fine, until they meet up with monsters made by two-legs (humans). The cars and trucks go fast, smell bad, and are very noisy. When they get past that, they encounter a frightening monster that cuts down plants in the large fields. Millie gets frightened and runs away. Graystripe cannot find her, and he gets help from two barn cats who act mean and say they do not want to help. As the story continues, the cats find a way to live together, help each other, and even change the way the family of two-legs feel toward them. After a while, Graystripe feels uncomfortable and realizes he is not at home in the barn and needs to continue on the journey to ThunderClan. Both he and Millie leave and eventually find the camp they are seeking. They see that the place Graystripe called home is no longer standing. This book is continued, and it is a sure bet the readers will want to get their hands on the next installment. Not only was it interesting, but it also showed how negative feelings between people and animals can change with understanding. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up -Erin Huntera's "Warriors" series (HarperCollins) gets a manga-style treatment in this addition to the series. What makes it different from other prose-to-comics adaptations is that it isna't a straight translation but rather an entirely new story line that expands on the prose novels rather than merely supplementing them. Tough and wise Graystripe has befriended the now-liberated Millie and the two are searching for Graystripea's old allies, the ThunderClan. After braving a highway and escaping some monstrous farm machinery, the felines take refuge in a barn, only to find other cats already living there. The current residents are wary of them, as the situation is tense. The owners have no love for cats and their dogs make the barn dwellers virtual prisoners. Predictably, Graystripe and Millie win over both the humans and cats, but the resolution is actually the booka's high point: through Milliea's bravery, readers discover that the dogs arena't cruel-they just like to chase cats. The artwork is merely competent and the story (which was not written by Hunter) is slight, but fans of the novels and cat stories in general will be drawn to it. While the majority of the lettering is done in the standard comics all-caps style, whenever humans are speaking the font becomes scratchy and aggressive. While this appears to be a deliberate choice to accentuate the humansa' villain role, it is retained even after they befriend the cats, and is especially odd when a toddler is speaking.-Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061252310
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Series: Warriors Manga Series , #2
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 106,206
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.36 (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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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Cat warriors

    This cat warrior book is very good in the tops! I have took me time to read all the manga books they have. And this one is a thrill! in this book Graystripe and millie are on there way to Thunderclan but, danger is around every corner.There comes a time were they arrive at a farm but is not wanted. millie also got hurt in this book her eyes got scratched.

    well I dont want to give it all away so, check out the book yourself at brns n' nooble!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

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    I like this book

    I bought this book for my 9 year old daughter. She loves this series, especially the manga's one. It's fun!!
    The story is about Graystripe getting caught by twolegs...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2008

    COOL!!!!!!

    IT'S SO COOL AND WEIRD HOW MILLIE CAN TALK TO DOGS!!!!!! This was better than the first!!!!!! The third's even better!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2008

    Pretty Good

    Whoa, I had no idea that the manga was that detailed. Anyways, the books are great. They are pretty short, so I need to wait for the next one that will come out in several months. But the dialouge and the illustrations make up for it (I am a die hard manga fan). I wish that they wrote a book too about Graystripe's journey. Overall, the book is a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    hawkheart from skyclan

    awesome way awesome love magna so im so glad that part of the series is in magna

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    Awesome book, I can't wait till the next one comes out in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    disapointed

    this was not better than the first. it was atualy worse. i do enjoy reading manga but this one was not worth it. the dark river was very good though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    Great book!

    I really enjoy these manga books! In the book, Graystripe and Millie get lost in a corn field and then take refuge in a nearby barn. I think these books are an excellent idea! Great job Erin Hunter!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2008

    awesome

    I liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

    Best

    Have you just read this, you should try all of them. Outstanding

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

    Amazing! Beautiful! Fantastic!

    I simply *love* the series, and now I love the manga! The only thing I didn't like was that they messed up on the format (Manga reads from right to left, people! Come on!). Everything else, though, was great! Graystripe is so handsome! Oh, but I wouldn't break my loyalty to Swiftclaw ('made-up'), even if you offered to make me Deputy. We have four beautiful kits- Jaypaw, Leokit, Moonpelt (our Medicine Cat), and Hazelkit. And no, Jaypaw and Hazelkit are not the same cats as the ones in the books, even if we *are* all in ThunderClan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    Can't Wait!

    I'm a major Warrior's fan, so naturally, I want to get my hands on anything Warriors. I also love Manga, so this is awesome. I really liked the first one, so I can't wait to read this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    I like it but i dont like it

    Erin Hunter kinda messed up on doin the manga i like it but it was so easy to get thru i finished real soon she needs to add more line to the story and the drawing of the cats kind of ruined ur imagination of what they looked like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    I LOVE WARRIORS AND I CAN'T WAIT!!!

    I absolutly love the warriors sieres! I've read all of the books so far and am waiting for the book and 'Dark River' ' also a warriors book' to come out. I believe the Manga Warriors sieres is a nice touch to the novels becuase there are pictures of all of my loved kitties! I'm a huge fan with a story,name,Clan, and EVERYTHING a fan would do to show their love for the Warriors! I can't wait till this book is in stores!!!! :' * Mews happily*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

    warriors!!!!

    im going crazy 4 this book i thot it waz supposed 2 come out on december 5! ugh! im waiting but not very patiently! im a HUGE fan! StarClan forbid erin ever stops riting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2007

    Warriors Manga On Closer Inspection

    As anyone who has read this series knows, Warriors Rocks! I believe this applies in all of the forms that it takes. I do agree that the manga are too short word wise, but the beauty of a manga is that it is not just words! You also get to see the action, so if your problem is that they go by too quick, I suggest you go back and explore the pictures. That helps you to really appreciate the time and effort put into the illistrations and it makes the book last alot longer. Another so-called 'problem' with manga is that they limit the imagination. Well, I'm sorry, but if you can imagin 'rippling pelts' and 'striking eyes', how can you limit your self to, 'Well, that must be what Graystripe looks like. I am wrong and my entire perception must be altered accordingly'? If anything, a manga gives a reader the chance to say, 'Hmm. I pictured him differently. Oh whatever! That's just how they saw him.' And for those whose imagination needs a little help, or just like to look at comic books, manga are the perfect solution! So, I'll say it again! No matter what form it takes, WARRIORS ROCKS OUT LOUD!!! May StarClan light your path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    Well, i disagree with 'Chase' i think that manga is awesome! If you look you'll see Erin Hunter on the botton. The pictures just aren't by her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    Warriors rock! It is nice to be able to look at pics. I can't wai for the next one to come out!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    All right here's the deal, the Warriors series are pretty good, but this series sucks. I'm extremely disappointed with it. It goes to fast, shows no detail, the art is no good (all of the cats look the same), and it really isn't even made by Erin Hunter. I mean come on, couldn't they have done better?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2007

    AWESOME SERIES

    this series of books is so awesome. i can never wait for the next book to come out. whenever they come out i can never put them down. they're just too awesome. the manga books are cool too because they show what graystripe actually looks like.

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