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 Into the wild [Warriors, book 1]
 Author: Hunter, Erin


 Publisher:  HarperCollins
 Pub Year: 2003

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 272 p., ill., 22 cm.

 BTSB No: 472427 ISBN: 9780060000028
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Subjects:
 Cats -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $19.81

Summary:
An ordinary housecat named Rusty stumbles into the midst of grave danger when he becomes ThunderClan's newest apprentice.

Series:
Warriors , Bk. 1


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 67278
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 15.0   Quiz: 37175

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 5.RF Phonics & Word Recognition
   Grade 5 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 5.RF Fluency
   Grade 5 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 4 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 4.RF Phonics & Word Recognition
   Grade 4 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 4.RF Fluency
   Grade 4 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Range of Reading & LEvel of Text Complexity
   Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Craft & Structure

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/03)
   School Library Journal (05/03)
   Booklist (02/15/03)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (03/03)

Full Text Reviews:

Bulletin for the Center... - 03/01/2003 Rusty is a housecat recruited by some warrior cats to leave his comfortable Twoleg home to join ThunderClan, a band of feral cats who live and hunt in a nearby forest along with three other rival clans (ShadowClan, RiverClan, and WindClan). After proving himself in battle, Rusty is adopted into ThunderClan, given a new name (Firepaw), and apprenticed to a mentor for training. Firepaw identifies with the fierce loyalties inherent to clan life, but as a former “kittypet” he is also more willing to step outside clan tradition, a fact which both helps and hinders his advancement. Inter-clan rivalry and intra-clan battles for power lead to acts of betrayal and murder, and only Firepaw realizes the true culprit: Tigerclaw, respected warrior and now deputy to leader Bluestar. The author’s attempt to create a hierarchical warrior-clan society falls a bit short: neither the imagined world nor the characters within it are consistent or compelling. Characterization is limited essentially to each individual’s function within the clan, and the cast therefore remains cartoon cats engaged in territory marking; the attempt to set up a cliffhanger lead-in to the next book in the series results in some strained plausibility at the end of this one. Still, this is essentially an action story, and while the pace occasionally flags there are a lot of bloody tooth-and-claw battles here that may engage readers of the Redwall series. - Copyright 2003 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

School Library Journal - 05/01/2003 Gr 5 Up-Rusty, a young "kittypet" (house cat), yearns for adventure. When he's offered the chance to join the ThunderClan, one of the gangs of feral cats in the area, he doesn't hesitate. Renamed Firepaw, he becomes an apprentice and begins to train as a warrior. After rescuing Yellowfang, ex-medicine cat for the ShadowClan who has fled for her life, Firepaw and the other ThunderClan members find themselves in the middle of a turf war against the rival gang, led by the nefarious Brokenstar. There's a traitor in their midst, though, and Firepaw must learn more than just hunting and fighting to survive. The author has created an intriguing world with an intricate structure and mythology, and an engaging young hero. The supporting cast of players is large and a little confusing, but there are standouts who give dimension to the tale. The difficult life of a feral cat is described in some detail, and a fair amount of violence is included. The ending is left ambiguous-there is definitely more to come. This is not as elegantly written as Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel), but it's another option for fans of animal adventure/fantasy stories.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2003 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/15/2003 For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to laws laid down by powerful ancestral clans. But now things are changing: ShadowClan has banished WindClan and is threatening RiverClan and ThunderClan by insisting on hunting rights within their territories. What's more, each year the TwoLegs encroach further into the forest, and prey is becoming scarce. A prophecy reveals, Fire alone can save the Clan. Into this dangerous situation wanders a kittypet, a young, bright orange tomcat whose courage earns him, despite objections by some, a place as an apprentice ThunderClan warrior and the new name of Firepaw. In this first spine-tingling episode in the planned Warriors series, Firepaw learns the ways of the wild life, facing many dangers and treachery both within and without his new clan. Intelligence notwithstanding, the cat characters are true to their feline nature, making this sure to appeal to fans of Clare Bell's long-popular Ratha's Creature (1983) and its sequels and also to followers of Brian Jacques' ongoing Redwall series. - Copyright 2003 Booklist.

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