Warriors: Code of the Clans
Erin Hunter
HarperCollins (2009)
ISBN 9780061660092
Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 11) for Reader Views (7/09)

 

“Warriors: Code of the Clans” by Erin Hunter is a collection of short stories explaining the Warrior Code.  The Warrior Code is a code of chivalry held sacred by the cats of the clans.  The book explains the origins and details of the fifteen rules that dictate life in the clans.

All cats of all clans must abide by the Warrior Code or risk being severely punished.  The Code spells out how kits should be treated.  For example, they must be fed before apprentices and warriors, and a kit must be at least six moons old before he or she can become an apprentice.  It gives direction as to who will become clan leader when the leader dies or retires.  And, of course, all warriors must reject the soft life of a kittypet.

The book was much more that just a list of rules.  There were many sad parts but also some really funny parts.  My favorite, and probably the funniest, was when an apprentice tried to feed another apprentice a fire ant during an important border tactics lesson.  A really sad part was when three kits tragically drowned while warriors from another clan watched on and took no action.  One of the onlookers later had a vision that had the drowned kits survived, they would have become great and important cats.  As a consequence of his vision, now all warrior cats, regardless of clan, must look out for all kits.

The book had some cool color illustrations that really helped me understand what was going on during the stories. The scenes helped me picture the main theme of that code.

I would recommend this book to people who love animals, cats in particular.  After I started reading the book I didn’t want to put it down.  There are two more Warriors books like this about clan life and I can’t wait to read them.  Even if you haven’t read any other Warriors books, you will enjoy this one.  “Warriors: Code of the Clans” by Erin Hunter was a great book and I think most everyone who reads it will enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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