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Seekers #5: Fire in the Sky

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Seekers #5: Fire in the Sky

Kallik is a young polar bear living in the frigid north with her mom and brother. She knows she has a lot to learn before she will be able to survive on her own. However, she isn’t too worried as long as she has her mom to keep her safe and fed. But then comes the accident. Suddenly on her own, Kallik struggles to survive.

Lusa is a young black bear who has lived her entire life in a zoo. She hasn’t had too many worries, as the fences keep her safe from predators, and the zoo keepers feed her every day. And then she makes a promise to a dying friend, a risky promise that requires her to escape the zoo fences. She cleverly manages to do just that. Suddenly on her own, Lusa struggles to survive.

Toklo is a young grizzly bear living near the mountains with his mom and sickly brother. When his brother dies, his mom is so overcome with grief, she chases Toklo away from her. Suddenly on his own, Toklo struggles to survive.

Ujurak is another young brown bear with a few unique talents, including the ability to change shape into other animals. He also receives dreams and can read signs from the spirits. On his own, Ujurak struggles to survive.

These four young bear cubs stumble into each other’s lives and manage to form a unique family all their own. They rely on one another for survival and love as they struggle to complete their quest --- a search for a new home. But they encounter many obstacles and dangers in their path, including all of the sicknesses the wild is suffering, mostly from the hands of humans.

Now that the four bears have reached the Last Wilderness, they can attempt to settle down and live their separate lives like normal bears. However, past attempts at living on their own resulted in loneliness and danger. Besides, Ujurak feels the pull of their quest, which is their desperate need to save the planet. And the spirit signals are telling him that their journey continues out in the ocean on the Everlasting Ice. While Toklo and Lusa are a bit nervous to attempt survival in such a foreign environment, Kallik is thrilled to be returning to the familiar ice and is confident that she can take care of her friends. So the four slip into the freezing waters and swim out to a frozen land.

But life on the ice turns out to be even harder than they expected. All except Kallik are having trouble even just walking on the slippery surface. And Toklo can’t stand not being in control as the leader and the provider of food. When he decides to take matters into his own paws, he ends up falling through the ice into the frigid and deadly waters below. Ujurak quickly changes form into a whale in attempts to save him. Unfortunately, when this transformation occurs, he has trouble remembering that he is really a bear and risks losing himself in the new animal form. The bears and their quest would suffer greatly if any one of the group left or was lost. And then Lusa starts getting sick.

Toklo decides that he should take Lusa back to land, and the friends make the difficult decision to split into two groups. But then both groups run into even more problems when they encounter the humans yet again. Damages from an oil well are leaching into the water and air, affecting everyone. The bears face yet another rescue attempt when the humans shoot Lusa with a tranquilizer dart and take her captive. Their desperate journey to save the wilderness continues to offer huge obstacles and heart-pounding danger.

Once again, Erin Hunter’s obvious love of and respect for nature shines through the pages. Her beautiful descriptions of the wilderness seize readers with chills, placing them right in the middle of the action. Like the others in the Seekers series, FIRE IN THE SKY rocks with lots of action and suspense; exploring the new environment of the Everlasting Ice offers additional dangers and adventures for our heroes to overcome. Readers will also learn a bit more about the mysterious Ujurak and his background. Hunter has created vivid and colorful characters with the bears, who have quickly become like dear friends to fans. She has many other amazing writing gifts, one of which is being able to look at a situation from all angles, from each character’s eyes. This gives each new adventure many unique views and only heightens the excitement for the sixth installment, SPIRITS IN THE STARS, due out in February 2011.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on May 24, 2011

Seekers #5: Fire in the Sky
by Erin Hunter

  • Publication Date: May 24, 2011
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0060871369
  • ISBN-13: 9780060871369