A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the original series of Warriors books, first published in 2003, has grown to spawn four spinoff series of novels (The New Prophecy, Power of Three, Omen of the Stars and Dawn of the Clans), as well as other limited series and one-offs. If your child is into these books, they offer years' worth of reading to enjoy. All of the books take place in a world of cat characters that belong to different "clans" that have different talents, abilities, and loyalties. Parallels can be drawn between the clans (which think and feel like humans) and human cultures, making these books an excellent point of departure for discussion about cultural differences and prejudice. Cats engage in wars and battles, fought with claws and teeth, in which some characters are wounded or killed. There are descriptions of cuts and injuries that are tempered for middle-graders, but some sensitive cat lovers could find them too scary. It should also be noted that this series walks a line between opposing war and using violent battle to engage the reader.
What's the story?
The original series of Warriors books, first published in 2003, has expanded with four main spinoff series of novels (The New Prophecy, Power of Three, Omen of the Stars and Dawn of the Clans), as well as other limited series and one-offs. All of the books take place in world of cat characters, which belong to different \"clans\" that have developed different talents, abilities, and loyalties. Though the cats do not display human physical abilities, they think and feel the way humans do, harboring feelings of love, loyalty, and prejudice toward members of other clans. They engage in numerous wars and battles, and develop friendships and romantic relationships. The books explore ideas concerning nature vs. nurture, prejudice, and the dubious merits of war/violence.
Is it any good?
The extensive Warriors series of fantasy books provide almost limitless entertainment for middle graders. While the writing is not of the highest literary standard, the characters are engaging, the cat world is well realized, and the situations are compelling. Like many of the best book series for this age group, the novels include strong male and female characters, and storylines designed to appeal boys and girls. Also, the situations involving cross-communication and relationships between members of different clans create a made-to-order opportunity to speak with kids about cultural differences and prejudice.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the clans, which adapted to their surroundings, may be like human cultures kids have learned about. Can you think of some examples of people who eat fish because they live near water?
Do you like reading books that are part of a series? What other series have you enjoyed?
What do you think the authors want readers to understand about war and fighting?
- Authors: Erin Hunter, Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, Tui T. Sutherland
- Illustrator: Wayne McLoughlin
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date: January 21, 2003
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 12
- Number of pages: 288
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle, App
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