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Warriors by Erin Hunter

Warriors is a series of books telling about warrior cats who live in clans and fight with each other. This post will review the first book in the series, Into the Wild.

A normal house-cat named Rusty joins Thunder Clan and may be the bravest warrior of all. He takes the name Firepaw and he and his friends, Graypaw and Ravenpaw, go to Moonstone with Bluestar, the leader of Thunder Clan.

On their way back, they face many big rats and meet an old friend named Barley. They find out that Tigerclaw, the deputy of Thunderclan, murdered one of the previous deputies, Redtail … or did he?

When Frostfur’s kits got stolen and Spottedleaf was murdered, was it Blackfoot or Yellowfang who was responsible?

Ravenpaw travels to Barley for his safety, because some of the clan thinks he went to Shadowclan and told him the clan was unguarded… Did he tell Shadowclan or not?

There are a lot of cool mysteries to solve in “Warriors: Into the Wild.” I think it is a very good book and I’m reading book 2, Warriors: Fire and Ice right now!

The Warrior series is written by Erin Hunter. There are about 25 chapters in each book.


Age 8

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The Place of Lions

The Place of Lions, by Eric Campbell, is about a boy named Chris Harris who lives in your average modern city in the United States. A while back, Chris had lost his mother from an illness. When his father tells him that they’re moving to Africa, he is overjoyed. But when their plane crashes, what then? In this book, Chris finds out that surviving in the wilderness is not all fun and games, and can be very dangerous.

When Chris is in Africa with his father, they take a plane to get to their new home. When the plane’s engine fails and it crashes into the planes of Tanzania, it leaves Chris, his father, and the pilot stranded in the vast wilderness. His father has a broken leg, the pilot is near dead, and Chris has an injury as well, but he is the only one who can move about freely. He scavenges the crashed plane for food and shelter, making a tent to protect them from the sun and finding some scraps of food. While Chris is out scavenging, a pack of lions moves in on him.

They toy with him for a bit until the leader of the pack comes, and Chris can make a run for it. But he stays out of sight, watching what happens. The pack leader gets wounded and is shunned, being replaced by a younger lion. The rest of the lions leave, and eventually even the former pack leader is gone from Chris’s sight.

While that happens, there is a man named Mike Taylor, who hunts poachers, trying to keep the wildlife safe. Mike is taking a tourist from New York, Hyram Johnson, to see the thing he most wants: an elephant. When they finally get around to seeing an elephant, it’s a dead one. Poachers had killed it for its ivory, setting Mike and Hyram on their quest to find the poachers and put them to a stop.

As Mike and Hyram are off hunting the poachers, Chris has been talking with his father and has figured out which direction the nearest town is in by the route they took. Chris leaves early in the morning, leaving his father and the near-dead pilot to try and get help. After walking a while, he realizes that the old lion is following him! Except the lion is no threat. It is wounded, and is traveling with Chris if only to give him energy to keep him going.

Mike and Hyram cannot find the poachers and are about to give up, when they reach a hill and they see a person, thinking it’s one of the poachers, they raise a gun and prepare to fire. That is when they see that it is not a poacher, but a small boy, who is being followed by the lion, completely unaware of the danger. They aim for the lion instead, determined to save the boy.

Chris sees that it is harder for the lion to keep on going. Eventually the lion stops, and Chris turns around to stand next to it. The lion gets up again and they travel to the hill. That is when Chris gets rescued and the lion leaves, this time for good.

As you can see, surviving in the wilderness is difficult. This is an excellent book, fast-paced and written well. Things got a little odd at times, like how Chris felt “connected” to the lion until they reached the hill, where they separated, and it was never really explained why. I recommend this book to people. It’s a great read.


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A Single Shard

In A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, the main character, Tree-ear, is an orphan boy in a twelfth-century Korean potter’s village. Tree-ear lives under the bridge with his friend Crane-man and loves to watch his favorite potter, Min, throwing pots. Tree-ear accidentally breaks one of Min’s pots and offers to work for Min to pay for the damage. Min and Tree-ear both learn that life moves on even when loved ones die.

Tree-ear is a Korean orphan boy who lives under a bridge with Crane-Man, who is crippled. Tree-ear wants to become a great potter someday, and he watches Min, a master potter, throw pots on a wheel. When Tree-ear accidentally breaks one of Min’s pots he sees an opportunity and offer to work for Min to repay the broken pot.

Tree-ear is hoping that if he works long enough for Min he will get to learn to make pottery, but when Tree-ear asks if he can make a pot Min says that he won’t teach him. Min says that pottery is an art passed down from father to son, and Tree-ear is not his son. Min’s son Hyung-gu died a long time ago and Min is still bitter and unable to let go of his son.

Tree-ear continues to work for Min, gathering wood and preparing clay, doing his best work and sharing his food with Crane-man. One day word comes that an emissary from the King’s Court is coming to look for a new potter, a very rare occasion. Min sends Tree-ear to show his pottery before the emissary. Tree-ear returns with a royal commission for Min.

Tree-ear was surprised that Min did not seem happier with the royal commission, but then Min tells him that Crane-man was in an accident and killed. Min tells Tree-ear to find a large stump of wood because he will need his own wheel if he is going to help Min with the royal commission. Ajima, Min’s wife, invites Tree-ear to live with them, and asks if he would like to be called Hyung-pil, a name that shares a syllable with their dead son’s name. This was an honor bestowed upon siblings.

In conclusion, Min and Tree-ear both learn that loved ones do die but life still moves on and is better when you don’t hold onto whoever has died and not let go of them. I thought the book was really good because the whole thing seemed very realistic. I especially liked the idea that the whole village ran mostly on the pottery industry. I do suggest this book for others to read. Despite its lack of dragons and magic, it is still a very good book.


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The Light in the Forest

The Light in the Forest, by Conrad Richter, is about a boy named John Butler who was captured by the Indians in the midst of a raid when he was a little boy. He was renamed True Son by his Indian father, Cuyloga, and grows up as one of the Indians and is treated like he truly is one. True Son learns that it is difficult to be in two cultures at once, to be a white boy and Indian all in one.

In the story, True Son gets word that the English people want their children back eleven years later. True Son does not want to go, but is forced to by the English people. Along the way his cousin Half Arrow decides to follow him to keep him company. He also delivers gifts from True Son’s Indian father. Half Arrow plans to follow True Son, but the English people say that he cannot any more.

True Son is brought to his parents, but he is not happy about it. He rebels and even tries to escape at one point, but he is forced to stay.

Half Arrow and his friend, Little Crane, come to find True Son and help him escape into the woods. Little Crane was killed by a white man, and True Son flees with Half Arrow. They find a small clearing in the woods with a river and plenty of fish. They stay for a long time, fishing and exploring. When they finally go back True Son’s Indian family rejoices. But as for the Indian Little Crane who died, his family did not join in. They convince others to strike back against the English people in revenge for their lost member. Others agree, and True Son joins them.

On the way the other Indians see that True Son had been tainted by the white people, and that he was not the same. When True Son tries to lure a boat from the river in so that the other Indians can shoot it, he hesitates and the boat gets away. True Son’s own Indian father decided that he must go back to the English, because he was not a true Indian anymore.

This book was interesting to me because I have never experienced being a part of two cultures with different beliefs that conflicted with each other. I enjoyed the book up until the end, when he was forced to go back to the English people. I loved the fact that he was an Indian struggling to survive in the English culture, but disliked that the English people would not accept him as an Indian even though he was still their kid.


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The Place of Lions

In The Place of Lions, by Eric Campbell, the main character, Chris Harris, is a regular school kid until his father decides to make a new start in Africa. When their plane crashes near a pride of lions, Chris must take care of his father and the pilot, and feels like their survival depends on an old lion staying in charge of the pride. The lion and Chris both learn that just because they are different species doesn’t mean they can’t help each other.

Chris and his father get on a small plane to Tanzania with only a pilot as the other person on board. The pilot is a nature lover, and swerves to avoid a flock of birds, which becomes a calamity when one of the wings hits a baobab tree and the plane crashes to the ground. Chris is the only one who isn’t injured too badly and he must take care of his father and the pilot. He splints his father’s broken leg and builds a shelter for the pilot, who has a punctured lung.

The plane has crashed right next to a pride of lions, with a very old lion as their leader. Chris is afraid the lions will attack, but the old lion leaves them alone, seeming to sense that they are not a threat. The old lion saves Chris’s life twice: once when the lionesses were about to attack and he calls them away, and once when poachers were threatening Chris and the lion frightened them away.

When a younger, more agile lion challenges for dominance, Chris starts to fear the worst for the older lion. The old lion decides to abandon his post as king of the pride and sets off to the one place he wants to go back to before he dies, to his birthplace. Chris accidentally helps him relocate his birthplace when the poachers chase him near that area, and the old lion rescues him from the poachers there. Chris, his father, and the pilot are eventually rescued by a safari man who comes to investigate the poachers.

Chris learns that by reaching out to help others, you may end up helping yourself. This was a good book, and I enjoyed reading it, but I think it sped through events too quickly. I think that the author message was that even if you’re a different species you can still help each other.


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