Young Readers Book Review: Warriors Into the Wild

Hello Everyone!

I know that this was a review that was supposed to be posted before Christmas, but what can I say, I was having a very hard time getting through everything that I needed to and by the time I realized what had happened, it was already Christmas Eve.

Anyway, I hope that you all are ready for a 2020 full of books, book reviews, and analysis of book characteristics

So let’s get started!

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Title: Warriors Into The Wild

Author: Erin Hunter

# of Pages: 288

Genre: Animal Fiction/ Fantasy Fiction

Published: January 2003

Total Reading Time: 2 Days

Rating out of 10: 10

Summary:

For gerations, four Clans of cats have shared the forest. But ThunderClan is in grave danger, and ShadowClan grows stronger every day. In the midst of this turmoil appears a house cat named Rusty… who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

Review:

This is probably one of my favorite young reader series of all time. The last time I read this series was when I was 15 and I love it as much now as I did then.

Erin Hunter is a pen name that was taken on by several authors who cowrite the series together. With how many books that they have put out, I think that the amount of consistency between all the books is absolutely amazing.

Now, talking about Into the Wild: this is the first of six books in the original series. Since this one came out, there have been about 3 more (possibly 4) series released that continue to follow the story of the clans and especially the cat that we meet in the first book: Rusty.

I’m not going to go too far into this, but there is a lot about this series that makes it nice for younger readers, which is what I want to focus on here. There are 5 things in this book that stand out as working well for younger readers: pace, character types, theme, relatability, and adventure.

This book moves very quickly. In the beginning you meet a young kitten, and by the end he has been completely accepted by the clan that he has entered. At no point does the book drag on about something specific. There are also a lot of different characters types that were presented that are easy to latch onto. The best friend. The mentor. The person-you-thought-was-a-bad-guy-but-actually-is-a good-one. The real bad guy. And of course, silent supporters. These are things that kids can easily recognize in books and relate with them at times.

The animal theme that is all so present here is something that kids gravitate towards – at least I know that I did. This theme is presented in a lot of children’s books, so sticking to the common theme and changing it is something that can help ensure readers. Finally, there is always a sense of adventure during Into the Wild. Part of that comes with the pace involved, the rest comes from an uncanny attention to detail. Everything happens for a reason – and remembering those reasons can be the hardest part.

Warriors is a series that I will be reviewing A LOT so be prepared to look at these often especially as my reading continues to pick up in the new year. A lot of book reviews will be coming out, so I may space them out and release one every couple of days.

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I hope that everyone enjoyed this – and I hope that you’ll take the time to read this. This is an amazing book series with dedicated authors and a large amount of supporters.

I think that this series is quite magical.

Till the next chapter,

Amanda

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