Warrior's Return (Warriors Manga Series #3)

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Graystripe and Millie have finally found ThunderClan's old territory, but Twoleg monsters have devastated the forest and Graystripe fears that all of his Clanmates have been killed or captured by Twolegs. Millie insists that they keep looking, and an old friend helps point the two cats on the path that the Clans followed many moons ago.

But danger still lurks around every turn, and Graystripe worries that he and Millie are lost on an impossible...

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Overview

Graystripe and Millie have finally found ThunderClan's old territory, but Twoleg monsters have devastated the forest and Graystripe fears that all of his Clanmates have been killed or captured by Twolegs. Millie insists that they keep looking, and an old friend helps point the two cats on the path that the Clans followed many moons ago.

But danger still lurks around every turn, and Graystripe worries that he and Millie are lost on an impossible journey.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
In the tradition of Redwall, Warriors takes the concept of a kingdom of animals and turns it into a fascinating saga of cats that have formed their own forest clans away from human society. Having proven itself as a bestselling middle grade series, "Warriors" has since been spun off into several original English language manga books including Warrior's Return, the final installment in the "Graystripe Trilogy." In the story, Graystripe, a warrior cat from ThunderClan, has escaped from a family of "Twolegs" (humans) who took him from his forest and attempted to turn him into a "kittypet" (housecat). Together with former kittypet Millie, Graystripe returns to the forest but discovers it has been destroyed by Twoleg loggers and abandoned by his Clanmates. With the help of a barncat, Graystripe gets pointed in the direction of his clan, but discovers he must journey through Twoleg territory to reach his Clanmates, braving Twolegs, cars and hostile cats in the process. Barry's art shows an excellent use of perspective, with every scene drawn from a cat's point of view. While most books in the "Warriors" series follow the adventures of several cats, Warrior's Return focuses on a single character, allowing Jolley to flesh out Graystripe's aggressive personality and prejudices toward Twolegs. Interested readers should check out other "Warriors" series including Warriors, Warriors: The New Prophecy, Warriors: The Power of Three, and Warriors: The Fourth Apprentice, which continue the saga in prose form. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

When Graystripe and Millie find the Thunderclan's old territory, they discover that everything has been destroyed. The two cats then set out on a journey to find the scattered clans. The black-and-white cartoon artwork captures the cats' expressive faces, action-packed battle scenes, and familiar surroundings as these animals travel through the realm of the "Twolegs." This is a great choice for reluctant readers, manga fans, or "Warriors" enthusiasts.-Mari Pongkhamsing, St. Perpetua School, Lafayette, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061252334
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/22/2008
  • Series: Warriors Manga Series , #3
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 109,600
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.40 (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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  • Posted August 19, 2009

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    A Reunion with Thunderclan

    At this point, Graystripe has the destruction of the forest and is discouraged. We all know what happened to his clan, of course, and are anxious for his reunion with his clan. After meeting with an old friend, Graystripe sets off with renewed vigor to rejoin Thunderclan. The manga continues the developement of Graystripe and Millie's relationship and ends at a certain point in The Sight (though the ending of the book doesn't coincide with The Sight). It's a good book, and if you're looking for a quick Warriors read, I'd check this out, especially if you're a Graystripe fan.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

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    Intriguing

    I enjoyed the very first Warriors book and have become a big fan, Have read all the books and am waiting for book 6 of the Power Of Three Saga and I read that a new Warriors Saga is coming out, Am reading The Seekers now and find it just as intriguing as the Warriors Books, I like the manga series also, It's nice to read about the journeys that went on with Greystripe and how Scrouge came about and more on TigerStar..Keep up the good work Erin Hunter would love to see the Warriors in Animation some day That would make it complete..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    Lots of Emotion!!

    In this manga Graystripe goes through a lot of different feelings.Sadness,happines,anger,compassion,jealousy,love,confusion,and excitment. I was so happy he finally got home. . I loved this manga, but I wish it didn't end with him saying 'Everyone there's someone I'd like you to meet.' I wish you could see more. Before I go you wanna here a secret? Graystripe and Millie's kit's are called Bumblekit(tom),Briarkit(she-cat),and Blossomkit(she-cat)!!!! Well I must go. MAy StarClan light your path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    It was okay, but . . . .

    When i read this series, i didnt expect much and didnt get much. Graystripes never been my favorate, even though i like his sense of humor. in theese series, he HAS no humor, way to serious. It was okay though! Im not a mango lover anyways, so maybe thats why i didnt like it. But Scourge/Tinys book was way better in my opinion. AND DOES MILLIE REALLY HAVE TO KEEP THAT NAME? Oh, I, Brook, can keep my name, but . . . . Well, im going back to the tribe anyways! I think she would have been named Silverheart or Silverstripe in memory of Silverstream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    Okay, I guess

    I didn't really like the ending. It took to much time for the series to end but this is only my opinion. Anyone who reads this review should read the book so I'm giving it 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008

    Great Ending!

    The ending of this saga was fantastic! I love the pictures of Graystripe and Millie and everyone looks so real. Just a wonderful masterpiece

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    Awesome Book!!!

    This book was so cool. You finally reach the end of Graystripe and Millie's journey. I loved how Ravenpaw and Barley were in it a bit! I miss them! And at the end, you get to see how the leaders look (Blackstar is awesome!) I couldn't find Lionpaw or Hollypaw, though. All in all, great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

    A reviewer

    I can't wait for Warrior's Return to come out in April! I have to wait what seems a billion years for every Warriors book to come out. When I read a Warriors book, I finish it in 2 to 3 days! I have read every single Warriors book/manga that has come out! I am wriggling with excitement!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    A Great Manga!

    I'm sooo glad Warrior's has a manga series! It's really cool! I love Millie! I think it is so cool that Firestar and Cloudtail aren't the only warriors who used to be kittypets!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    savanna sue girl

    OMG!!!! I have read almost everybook and i cant wait till warriors return comes out! im so exited!!!! GO WARRIORS!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    Silvermist

    I can't wait for Graystripe to return!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    i love warriors!!!!!!!!

    i'm just crazy about waarriors books. i can't stop reading them. once i start one i can't put it down. plus i can't wait for all the warriors books to come out. i'm gonna read them all!!!!!!!! GO WARRIORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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