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The Quest Begins (Seekers #1)

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Three bears…one destiny

From the author of the nationally bestselling Warriors books comes a brand-new animal fantasy series. Three young bears from different species—black, polar, and grizzly—are separated from their families when they are just young cubs. They find themselves brought together on a perilous journey. Fate is about to change all these bears’ lives forever,

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Published (first published May 27th 2008)
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Finley Mac
Not HALF as good as it's feline cousin, Warriors (which I am a fan of to the death). Story doesn't grip me. Characters are not as well crafted, and I can't say anything about Kallik's personality, whereas with Squirrelflight I can say: Strong and hotheaded, will not let anything stand in her way.
Ashley
Feb 24, 2009 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a great book
It is the perspective of three bears!
Kallik (a polar bear), Lusa (a black bear), and Toklo (a grizzly bear)
Eventually they get separated from there family's (all three of them)


Kallik- is looking for her brother(when her mom died they where separated by the ice ) she has hope and faith she will find him by following the star. she meets this kind bear who toke care of her but eventually she dies! (all three bears are following this star!)

Lusa- wants to go to the wild she is
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Rachel
Aug 27, 2008 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Warriors Fans, Preteen animal lovers
The Warriors series is an old guilty-pleasure favorite of mine, and even though I'm probably too old for Erin Hunter, I really don't care. I was pleasantly surprised with this new series. Some of the later Warriors books get tired and repetitive, so I'm glad that other then the writing style, Seekers bears little resemblence to Warriors. (If the bears had started living in Clans and calling each other names like 'Rabbitfang', /then/ I would be worried.)

I was skeptical about how a Polar bear, Bl
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Margaryta
I had dropped the Warrior series after the first 6 books because I found them really boring and not interesting, and thought Erin Hunter (which is actually 3-4 different people!) was really poor wannabe author that didn't succeed in capturing my attention, but when I saw Seekers the irresistable cover jumped out and me and just seemed to beg 'READ ME!!!' So, I had listened to that inner voice and picked it up. And boy was I in for a shock!

Seekers was for me about ten times better than Warriors -
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Icer
Aug 12, 2012 Icer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, despite the marketing, this is NOT 'Warrior Cats' with bears, so do not let your like/dislike one one be a guide to whether you'd like the other!

I liked the Warriors series a lot, so I thought I'd give this a go. I also wrote this review after also reading the 2nd book, so as not to pre-judge by only the opener. Well... they tried.

-'Erin Hunter' isn't a real person but a team of writers. An additional 3rd writer writes these who didn't work on Warriors... (the dog series doesn't have any o
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Maggie Dore
Well, this book isn't as good as the warrior cat series for sure.
I don't know. I guess it's because it's about bears, and I find that subject a little boring. I LOVE bears, but I mean, well, I find that bear stories bore me.
It was ok. That's all I can say about. I didn't love it, but it's not the worst either.
Lara's
Nov 21, 2008 Lara's rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th-8th grade
Shelves: tween-books
Synopsis : Three young bears from different species—black, polar, and grizzly—are separated from their families when they are just young cubs. They find themselves brought together on a perilous journey. Fate is about to change all these bears lives forever, setting their paws on a path toward a future they cannot yet imagine . . .
Review : Having just learned that Erin Hunter is actually a pen name for three seperate writers makes me less jealous of the fact that they were able to not only wr
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Jamieson
Feb 04, 2009 Jamieson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if everything you knew was taken away from you? What would you do if you were forced to survive against all odds? Three bears must do just that in Erin Hunters fantastic new novel, Seekers: The Quest Begins.

Kallik is a polar bear. Strong willed and curious, she and her brother Taqqiq are travelling with their mother Nissa across the great icy plains of the Arctic. They are trying to reach land before the ice melts so that they will be able to survive in the wild for the warmer
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Claire
Reading about the awesome antics of Iorek Byrnison put me in the mood for bears (bears are awesome), and my brain needed a break from all of the emotional and intellectual heavy-lifting of His Dark Materials, so I figured I'd give Seekers a look.

I had avoided this series for a long time because I wasn't particularly impressed with Team Erin Hunter's Warriors, but in my never-ending search for good quality anthropomorphic fiction on the same level of awesomeness as good old Watership Down, my kep
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Jordan
Jan 26, 2016 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Quest Begins(Seekers, #1) is part of a series of books. This book is confusing at first because you you read from a perspective of a bear, and there is 3 different bears Kallik (Polar Bear), Lusa (Black Bear), and Toklo (Grizzly Bear). Right now they are just baby cubs fighting a huge problem that you will read about.
The plot is very interesting. At a young age all the bears are separated from there mothers. All of the bears become connected in some way or another. The author does a fantas
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Carys
Jul 11, 2015 Carys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago I was obsessed with this book, it was one of my favourite books ever. So when my TBR jar challenge was to 'reread a childhood favourite' I decided that I definitely wanted to reread this one.
This time round, I didn't enjoy it that much; the whole book was kind of samey, with bear cubs wandering around by themselves getting into various lethal situations. The storyline didn't really captivate me at all. However I did enjoy the first few chapters where we got to see the lives of t
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Jack
Oct 05, 2012 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So... Thought I'd try out the other Erin Hunter series, 'Seekers'. Obviously it's about bears instead of cats like I'm used to reading about in 'Warriors.'

Characters - 4/5 - I thought that the characters were good, and there was a good variety of different personalities incorporated into them which made them each more interesting and unique to read about. My favourite would probably be Lusa; she seems to have this sort of humour about her, yet it's ironic considering the situations. I really enj
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Carrie
Aug 22, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, animals
A promising start to what I hope turns out to be a good series. The premise is interesting, and we still don't know exactly what these bears are going to get up to in the end. Yay mystery. :D
I don't think I like this as much as I do Warriors, but I might later. The ending got a bit confusing because all three bears' stories rose to different climaxes, so it felt a bit hectic and somewhat weak. The story was good otherwise, though. I love how all three bears have different names for things, espec
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Keisha Keenleyside
the first of a series by the four? Wirters known as erin hunter. I didnt like the worrier series but i thought id give this one a read and tbh i quite liked it.

In this book erin introduces us to three bears one polar, one black and a grizzly all of which have their own story to tell.

The quest begins tells of how the different types of bears live and of the hardships they come by but at the same time as teaching us about the characters they have also created a good story that doesnt get boring.

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Aimee
May 13, 2015 Aimee rated it it was ok
Seekers #1: The Quest Begins was an alright book. I would give this book 2.7 stars. In this book the chapters alternate between the journey's of the 3 bear cubs Kallik, Lusa, and Toklo. There is a lot of weird bear terminology in this book. Such as calling humans "Flat-Faces" or "No-Claws", calling trucks "Firebeasts" and I assume "BlackPath" means road. Lusa who had previously lived in a Zoo but escaped to the wild to fulfill the promise to Toklo's Mother that she would find him for her and Lus ...more
Matt
I found myself constantly thinking "why can't this book by more like Watership Down?" the whole time I was reading it. What this book brought to my mind when reading it is how utterly depressing the story (and the real-life lives of bears in captivity) is. The one shining star in an otherwise field of darkness is the underlying elements of climate change and anti-bear captivity. Also, the idea in the book that bears are more intelligent than we give them credit was nice. I may or may not read on ...more
Jenny Rose
Aug 08, 2012 Jenny Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kallik is a polar bear. Toklo is a young Grizzly and Lusa is a black bear. There is a lot of folklore of the stars and where the spirits of the dead go woven into the story.

I found this to be a sad and depressing story. While it was interesting to view the world from the perspective of three different types of bears, experiencing so much death and abandonment made me wonder what the point was. I realize death is part of nature and animals dying is normal, but to have so many bears die in the fir
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Eliza
Jun 26, 2015 Eliza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was absolutely captivated by the 'Seekers' series. The way the authors portrayed the bears was amazing! The story behind each bear was completely engrossing. I especially loved Kallik's background story, the loss of her mother and brother; leaving her completely alone left me absorbed in the book. I absolutely loved her! Ujurak was also a very interesting character. Putting him in the story was genius! I have no complaint whatsoever, it was amazing! While reading, I found I had a love for bear ...more
Sabrina
Dec 01, 2014 Sabrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inhalt:

Drei Bärenkinder, drei Leben und ihre Geschichte die nicht unterschiedlicher sein kann, dennoch findet man Gemeinsamkeiten, die die Drei verbindet: Das Leben, das Überleben und dessen Abenteuer!

Kallik das kleine Eisbären-Mädchen wird auf dem Weg zum Festland durch den plötzlichen Eisbruch von ihrer Mutter und ihrem Bruder getrennt. Ohne Erfahrung und allein auf ihren Überlebensinstinkt angewiesen, begibt sie sich auf die abenteuerlichen Reise nach ihrem verschollenen Bruder und sich selbs
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Mcdclassroom
Nov 07, 2014 Mcdclassroom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Ahn
Feb 17, 2014 Chris Ahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ir
This is a book about 3 bears: Kallik (a polar bear), Lusa (a black bear), and Toklo (a grizzly bear). The book is written in each bears perspective and changes each chapter. You can feel how bears feel about this world and about humans. The 3 bears get separated from their families and go on a quest in the wilderness. I recommend this book for Middle Schoolers because it urges you to read more, as you want to read about every bear and its life. Kallik, she is looking for her brother because he m ...more
Chrissanfilippo
Mar 09, 2014 Chrissanfilippo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because my brother read the whole series and said I should. The plot of the book is that there's three diferent bear family's, there's a black bear a polar bear and a brown bear family and their all going to the same place. they all have different stories while traveling and most of them die. My favorite quote in the story is when Luna the black bear cub walked into a brown bears territory and the brown bear pinned her to the ground and said,'"Your in my territory,I guess that ...more
Nele
Mar 12, 2016 Nele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved following these bears and I love the descriptions for humans and their things, flat-faces, no-claws, fire beasts...
I can't wait to see how their stories and their journey unfolds.
It's real, it's emotional, it's well done.
I wanna get these books in English and Dutch. They are pretty, they'd look good on the shelf.

I don't know how I feel about the Warriors-series though, first, I was like 'nope, ain't gonna read that'. Now I'm not sure.
Cathy Cramer
This is a well worded book about the hardships and suffering bears face with loss of habitat and global climate change, told from the bears' perspectives. I liked the sense of compassion of each of the three main characters - how Kallik wanted to protect her brother, how Tokolo provided for another cub after his own experiences, and how Lusa wanted to bring an older bear peace of mind with her daring promise. Compassion and grueling hardship seem to be the themes of this book.

I like it much bett
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Sharon Jacob
Feb 26, 2016 Sharon Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Jacob
Period 9

For this book talk I read "The Seekers: The Quest Begins" by Erin Hunter, which is in the sub-genre of anthropomorphic.

This book is set in the real world with different aspects of magic that appear in places. For example, the book is about three different bears who all get separated from their families, which is common in our world today. However, the bears in the book talk to each other in English; it is not possible for bears to converse in human language. For example, Kall
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FantasyWereld
Kinderen die graag boeken over dieren lezen, hebben een ruime keuze. Zo zijn er de (iets minder realistische) muizen van Geronimo Stilton, de uilen uit De legende van de Wachters, de konijnen van Waterschapsheuvel en de wilde katten uit de reeks Warrior Cats. De auteurs van die laatste serie zijn nu aan een nieuwe begonnen: Seekers, over beren. Op het mooie omslag staat een ijsbeer, en er komen ook grizzlyberen en zwarte beren in voor. Maar zit er ook nog wat fantasy in het boek, of kun je net z ...more
Will Monin
Just skipped through it
Kayla
Nov 15, 2009 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seekers
This book was different from the Warriors, but I liked it just the same. I think it is really cool how the author(s) blended the chapters together from one bear to the other.

This book is about three bear cubs, Lusa, Kallik and Tolko, three different bear species. They are all on a special journey, were they will face life and death dangers. Will they all make it there alive? Only there next books will tell.
Chase Larson
Jan 20, 2015 Chase Larson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book i’m reading is called Seekers the Quest Begin and is about three bears, a black, grizzly, and polar. The story starts with them as cubs who learn to survive. The chapters rotate around the bears and how they survive. The polar bear, Kallik, has been separated from her mother and brother. Toklo is a grizzly who is a bear with a sick brother and a mother that is mean to him. Lusa is a black bear that is the only one who isn’t in the wild but she really wants to be the wild. All the three ...more
Lanie
Jul 28, 2016 Lanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Warriors & survivors fans
I read this way back when I'm high school, when my sister was first getting into this series by her favorite author. It was cute. Not perfect. But it was fun. Of course, it is a bit of a stretch, bringing all these different kinds of bears & their stories together. But, I think it did ok. Especially with how it brought the black bear & the grizzly bear together.

Remember! We ARE talking about a story involving talking bears. This is a story that demands a lot of suspension of disbelief.
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Erin Hunter is the pseudonym of five people: Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Tui T. Sutherland, Gillian Phillips, and Inbali Iserles, as well as editor Victoria Holmes. Together, they write the Warriors series as well as the Seekers series. Erin Hunter is working on a new series now called Survivors.

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