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SEEKERS: THE QUEST BEGINS

Author: Erin Hunter

Illustrator: Wayne McLoughlin, Jacket art

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Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is the story of three bears who sense serious changes occurring around them. Kallik, a polar bear, Lusa, a black bear, and Toklo, a grizzly bear, sense that their habitat is dwindling and that they must find a new home. The bears begin their quest from three different locations in North America. Each bear experiences a unique set of challenges, adventures, heart break and joy while searching for a new home. This is the first title in a fantasy adventure where the main characters are bears of different species.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 5.4

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Also reviewed by a student at North Junior High School, St. Cloud, MN, as part of the Use Your ABCs program.

Young Reader Reaction: This book is very interesting. Even though it is a little confusing at times, it is a great read. Seekers is very well-written, with a broad vocabulary. I recommend this book to anyone who is at least 10 years old and loves animals. I didn’t like was how sad it was, but I’m sure if it hadn’t been sad at times then it wouldn’t be as great as it is. This novel is just under 300 pages, so it is a good book to read before going to bed or on a road trip. If someone ever asked me what a good book to read was, and they liked the series by the same author who wrote Warriors then this would be the series I would recommend. All-in-all this book was amazing and if I have the chance I will definitely read it multiple times. I will also be reading all of the following books.
Student reviewer: I picked this book because the cover attracted me. After the first chapter I wanted to stop reading. It was not what I expected until about Chapter 10; that's when my perception changed. After all the excitement ended it returned to me, wanting to stop reading again. I didn't like the book because it is more of a children's book. The genre isn't the type I like to read. Everyone knows bears can't talk!

Adult Reader Reaction: The author and her associates know how to capture and sustain an adolescent’s interest. The characters are engaging, the stories are believable, and provide lots of discussion questions about habitat and global warming.

Pros: Readers will enjoy the story and learn a lot about habitat and global warming.
Student reviewer: If you like bears, this book is the way to go.

Cons: The author uses three independent and parallel stories to tell the stories. This is a unique and interesting device. Some readers will have trouble catching on to this and lose interest.
Student reviewer: This book is fiction. Don't pick it if you want nonfiction.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a first-class work as a stand-alone story, much less the beginning of a series. It is a treasure trove of environmental and habitat issues that can engage adolescents in group discussions on the impact of global warming.
Student reviewer: Skip. I couldn't get into a book that isn't true. I have read Touching Spirit Bear, which is in a way similar to this book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Touching Spirit Bear TAKE ME TO THE RIVER   THE JOURNEY (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book Two)   THUNDER ON THE DESERT

Educational Themes: This book is an adventure story. It is also about bears, habitat, global warming and environmental issues. Readers will enjoy the adventures that the three bears experience and appreciate the impact of environmental change on all species.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 4.1. The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal fantasy, adventure, animal characters, middle grade series, ecology

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2008, November 2009

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com; and feedback at amazon.com.




                 

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