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Seekers: The Quest Begins

on March 16, 2013

JF Hunter    •    AR Reading Level: 5.4    •    AR Points: 12.0    •    Quiz #123127

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Orphaned.  Abandoned.  Lost far from home.   Three bear cubs find themselves alone in the wild.

Kallik is a young polar bear.  She began her life on the ice with her mother and brother hunting for seal and playing in the snow.  When the ice suddenly began to melt, Kallik’s family was forced to flee the only home she had ever known.

Lussa is a black bear.  She was born and raised in the safety and comfort of a zoo, but she dreams of the wild.  She longs to experience the world outside the bear bowl.

Toklo is a grizzly bear.  After the death of his sickly brother, Tobi, Toklo is abandoned.  He must learn quickly to fend for himself.

The Quest Begins is the first book in the Seekers series.  It is just what the title portends: it is the start of these three young bears’ quest.   This is a brilliant start to what promises to be an epic journey that will weave together the lives of these three cubs.

The one downside to this book is that it is not a complete adventure in and of itself.  It is a prelude to the journey.  It introduces us to Kallik, Lusa, and Toklo.  We learn about their life and grow to care about these bears, but by the end of the book, only two of the three bears have even met.  Readers will have to keep reading the Seekers series in order journey with these bears on their real quest.

Genre: Fantasy  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Hunter, E. (2008). Seekers: the quest begins. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

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