Parents' Guide to

Survivors: The Empty City

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Exciting start to dog fantasy series.

Book Erin Hunter Animals 2012
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

Action packed

This book is very exciting, action packed, and engages readers with battles, hunts, longpaws (humans), and patrols.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 6+



This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Erin Hunter's previous animal series have a large, devoted following, and this one is off to a promising start. Survivors is told from the dogs' point of view as they make their way through an earthquake-devastated world in search of safety and a new home. As with many first volumes, there's a lot of groundwork, from learning to see the world through dog eyes to understanding the different characters. Lucky, his pack, and the lessons they teach each other ring true in the human world as well as the canine: friendship, having each other's back, appreciating each other's differences. More sensitive kids may be distressed by the dogs' hunting to survive, though it's more matter-of-fact than gory; others will have trouble with the wholesale abandonment of dogs by humans who supposedly loved them and deserted them in the night when disaster struck.

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