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The Quest Begins: Seekers, Book 1

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Slow start to series about talking bears on quest.
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What parents need to know

Violence

Bears fight with each other, and are shot by humans. A mother bear is killed by orca whales in front of her daughter. Bears hunt and kill prey, and a bear mauls a human.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the world of the bears is a cruel and sometimes bloody one, in which bears fight with each other and are shot by humans. A mother bear is killed by orca whales in front of her daughter, bears hunt and kill prey, and one bear mauls a human.

What's the story?

A polar bear cub in an era of disappearing ice loses her mother to orca whales. A grizzly cub's mother abandons him after his sickly brother dies. And a black bear cub, who lives in a zoo, escapes to find the grizzly after meeting his captured mother. All three must learn to survive in the wild on their own, and all three are drawn by the North Star toward a mysterious fate. Includes maps of the bears' journeys.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Erin Hunter, the pseudonym for a group of writers who created the various Warriors fantasy series about feral cats, takes her time getting this new series about bears started. By the end not all of the characters have even met, the quest referred to in the title is undefined, the fantasy element only starts to come out, and a real plot has not yet emerged, though it is hinted at. What you get instead is a vivid and realistic portrayal of the lives of different types of bears in a time of global warming, shrinking habitat, and human intrusion, from the points of view of bear cubs who think and communicate with each other like humans, even as they act like bears.

The chapters rotate among the three main characters as their stories gradually begin to converge. Though there's much wandering and only hints of the story to come, readers will be gripped by the fascinating and often cruel lives of the bears, and by the vivid settings. A cliffhanger ending, along with the mysterious hints about what is to come will leave young readers hungry for more. Warriors fans looking for more of the same will be disappointed, but animal lovers will find this story's mix of anthropomorphism and realism appealing, and Hunter may find an entirely new audience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the bears' lives in the zoo and in the wild. Are the zoo bears better off? Can bears thrive in what's left of the wilderness? What about other animals?

Book details

Author:Erin Hunter
Genre:Animals
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:May 27, 2008
Number of pages:293
Publisher's recommended age(s):10

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Parent of a 12 and 14 year old Written bycheesecake125 February 28, 2011

Great series

Seekers series shows the life of bears and animals and how cruel it is. There are bloody violent scenes but it goes into the lives of the bears.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 2 year old Written byNK17 June 7, 2013

great series but the 3/5 violence is accurate

OK I love this series and I hate how people think this book is boring. Erin Hunter also made the warriors series and warriors is very popular, all over YouTube, hot topic and more, but seekers is not frequently talked about. that said I love this book and the entire seekers series. I flagged violence because the mauling and shootouts could frighten/disturb children, also seekers and warriors are noted by the public and myself for their dark tone, depictions of blood and themes... so I would say a tough 2nd grader and older should read, its also very enjoyable for adults even if it is a kids book.
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Too much violence
Adult Written byTinkerbell345 May 25, 2015

Great

I thought this was a good book for anyone looking for a series for the summer,or a school year.I would recommend this for 5th graders and up.
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Great role models