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Summary: Sasha loves her housefolk. She remembers when Jean got sick, and now Ken has just pulled away in a car. She is heartbroken and knows she must find her own way in the world. While trying to catch a mouse for dinner, Sasha meets Tigerstar, who teaches her about the four clans, and warned her about rogues. Sasha has fallen in love with Tigerstar, but she has learned a secret. Tigerstar has asked her to join Shadowclan. What will she do? This is the first title in this graphic novel series based on Erin Hunter's Warriors novels.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, reluctant reader, remedial reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 8 and up
Reading Level: 2.4
Age of Child: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The pictures help the story move along quickly. This is an attractive choice for parents who want a little more text in their child’s graphic novels. I also liked that the graphics were black and white, with simple backgrounds. They didn’t overtake the story itself. This is my first introduction to the Warriors series, and I found the story intriguing enough — even in this format — to want to pick up the novels.
Pros: Pre-teens and teens will love the fast-moving story. Reluctant and remedial readers will be excited that they can talk about the series, especially if reading he novels is overwhelming.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Although the story is fun to read, once you know the “history,” you’re more likely to want to go on to the next adventure.
Educational Themes: Like most graphic novels, this is meant for recreational reading. That said, the story offers themes of friendship, loyalty, trust, and respect.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.4
Literary Categories: fiction - animal stories, fantasy, adventure, graphic novel, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: October 2008
Other Reviews: See reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
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