The Quest of the Cubs
The Quest of the Cubs
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Series: Bears of the Ice Vol. 1   

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Annotation: There is trouble in the Northern Kingdoms: power-hungry polar bears called Roguers have been snatching cubs from their mothers and killing those who resist. But Svenna is not about to relinquish her two cubs to that fate.
Catalog Number: #158555
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 231 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-545-68304-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-545-68304-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017059655
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
This first volume of Lasky's new animal fantasy series, Bears of Ice, whisks readers back to the world of Guardians of Ga'Hoole. When cub-snatching bears called Roguers come to steal polar bear Svenna's two unnamed one-year-old cubs, she trades herself for their freedom. Left with a distant cousin, the cubs quickly learn this relative will treat them harshly, and they flee. Despite near starvation and harrowing escapes, they search for their mother and their unknown father, and they name themselves e girl, Jytte, the boy, Stellan ter stars in the constellation of their parents. With help from unlikely animals, the cubs make their way toward the Far North, where they face grave danger from the Roguers. Readers will lose themselves in the life-and-death adventure of the cubs and succumb to human feelings of fear, loss, and hope. Lasky's authentic frozen setting and dynamic animal characters will capture readers' imaginations and allow them to suspend reality. They'll be waiting with bated breath for the next installment.
Kirkus Reviews
When mercenaries serving an evil cult come to abduct two polar bear cubs, their mother offers herself in exchange for their freedom. Barely into their second season, the cubs known only as First and Second must fend for themselves in a harsh, frozen land. But while predators, hunger, and weather are constant threats, the two young cubs discover that there are surprising friends willing to help them on their quest to find not only their missing mother, but their estranged father. Even with help from Lago, a Nunquivik fox who shares her hunt, or Jameson, a seal whose quick thinking helps them escape from a pod of hungry killer whales, the cubs must draw on their own resources if they are to survive the journey. Scattered chapters tell of their mother's captivity at the hands of a cult of bears who worship a giant clock. Lasky once again invites readers into a world where the natural and the supernatural intersect. And while the world of the ice-bound north is beautiful, this is also a cautionary tale about the dangers of mechanization and the tendency to confuse the divine with the profane. Nature, magic, and legend combine to create a world like no other. (Fantasy. 9-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 46 Fans of the "Guardian of Ga'Hoole" series and Erin Hunter's books will love this cast of complex characters who embark on the adventure of a lifetime. First and Second are unnamed polar bear cubs traveling the treacherous icy lands of their Northern Kingdom to find their father after their mother has suspiciously left them with an evil family member. While escaping violence, the cubs witness the danger, sadness, and trauma of life alone as a group of power-hungry bears seize control of their land and fill it with dread and gloom. Their journey leads them down a path of self-discovery as they begin to accept their similarities and trust their differences. They meet a variety of colorful characters along their journey who all use storytelling and tales of past generations to help share wisdom and guidance. The text is rich and blends fantasy with a realistic setting. This entry ends on a cliff-hanger. VERDICT A series opener that promises to deliver action and adventure. Great for children who enjoy reading anthropomorphized animal adventures. Christina Pesiri, Michael F. Stokes Elementary, Island Trees-Levittown NY
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
When mercenaries serving an evil cult come to abduct two polar bear cubs, their mother offers herself in exchange for their freedom. Barely into their second season, the cubs known only as First and Second must fend for themselves in a harsh, frozen land. But while predators, hunger, and weather are constant threats, the two young cubs discover that there are surprising friends willing to help them on their quest to find not only their missing mother, but their estranged father. Even with help from Lago, a Nunquivik fox who shares her hunt, or Jameson, a seal whose quick thinking helps them escape from a pod of hungry killer whales, the cubs must draw on their own resources if they are to survive the journey. Scattered chapters tell of their mother's captivity at the hands of a cult of bears who worship a giant clock. Lasky once again invites readers into a world where the natural and the supernatural intersect. And while the world of the ice-bound north is beautiful, this is also a cautionary tale about the dangers of mechanization and the tendency to confuse the divine with the profane. Nature, magic, and legend combine to create a world like no other. (Fantasy. 9-12)
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ALA Booklist (11/1/17)
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 45,356
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 193823 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 650L
Guided Reading Level: T

Perfect for fans of His Dark Materials! A gripping adventure where "nature, magic, and legend combine to create a world like no other." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

For generations, the noble polar bears have ruled the Northern Kingdoms. But now, their society is on the brink of collapse. A group of power-hungry bears has seized control, and darkness is creeping across the snow.

Cubs First and Second don't know any of this. Although they're twins, they couldn't be more different. First loves imagining stories, while his daring sister, Second, wants to live them.

When their mother is taken prisoner, the cubs' world falls apart. They know they have to rescue her, but how can two cubs who've barely learned to hunt survive a treacherous journey across the ice? Their only chance is to learn to trust each other and--even more important--trust themselves.

But survival is only the beginning. And soon, these two unlikely heroes find themselves at the heart of a battle unlike anything Ga'hoole has ever seen.


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