Warriors: Into the Wild is a book written by Erin Hunter. This book is part of a series and is meant to be read by children in the 5th grade and up. I first grabbed this book from my local library because of the cats on the cover of the book. My daughter loves animals, and I felt a story that revolved around an animal would capture her interest and hold it throughout the book. I was right. She read all 288 pages at record speed.
The story revolves around four clans of wild cats that have shared a particular forest for years and years. The clans are named ThunderClan, RiverClan, WindClan, and ShadowClan. The ThunderClan begins to grow weaker and is in need of new recruits. The ShadowClan sees this as an opportunity to gain dominance over the other tribes. I bet you can guess that a war breaks out.
Another important part of the story involves a housecat named Rusty. Rusty is a dreamer with a desire to someday be a great and mighty warrior. He gets that chance while searching for mice in the nearby forest (the same forest shared by the wild cat clans mentioned above). Rusty comes into contact with the ThunderClan and decides to join them. His name in the clan changes from Rusty to Firepaw.
Children will love watching Rusty become a brave warrior, as it is sure to remind them that no matter where they come from, they can work hard to achieve their dreams. No dream is to silly to pursue. Many of the cat characters have goofy names, which the kids are sure to find amusing. Overall, I would recommend this book to children who have an interest in animals, much like my daughter.