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Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Sun Trail by Erin Hunter

The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, #1)

Book one in the Dawn of the Clans series which if you have read any of them this is yet another series for this active author (or I guess I should say group of authors at this point). In these books we follow cats as the live in clans with rules, requirements, and drama in ways I have never considered a cat acting or living to be honest but what do I know. For this series the group of cats that settled in the cave in the mountains is starving and overcrowding their space. This leads to the decision that they need to split apart with some of them leaving to follow the "sun trail" to a new home. This leads to some dissension of course but in the end they split up. We follow one cat as he decides to stay but then has to leave. We follow the group after he joins them and the all reach the area we came to love in the first few series which followed Firestar as he went from kitty pet to clan leader. Once they arrive the group splits again with the main characters brother leading the other one. Fighting occurs and things really heat up just as the book ends. Now I will have to get my hands on the next book to see what happens. Written for grades 4-6 this is the perfect book to interest animal lovers that like to read (or have to for school) with simple chapters that keep the reader hooked as they move from one event to the next. There is just enough detail to make the scenes come to life but not enough to frighten children or push the limit too far (like kits are part of the story but not how they are really made or the full extent of the labor as these would be inappropriate). I enjoy the realism while it is still entertaining. I really enjoyed it so it gets 4/5 stars.

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