If You Liked Erin Hunter’s Warriors Series…
Try one of these animal fantasies.
Books and series featuring felines:
Bell, Clare - Ratha’s Creature: The First Book of the Named
In the prehistoric past, Ratha’s intelligent wild cat clan is under attack from fierce invaders who do not follow cat laws. Ratha discovers fire and hopes to use it as a weapon to protect her clan. 259 p. Sequels include Clan Ground, Ratha and the Thistle-Chaser, and Ratha’s Challenge.
Corder, Zizou - Lion Boy
Charlie has always been able to speak the language of all cats great and small. When his scientist parents are kidnapped, he frees a group of circus lions in exchange for their help in his rescue plans. 275p. Sequels include Lion Boy: The Chase and Lion Boy: The Truth.
Iserles, Inbali - The Tygrine Cat
Young Mati must discover his power as the heir of the Tygrine Queen if he is to defeat Mithos the Destroyer. 242p.
Pratchett, Terry - Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
A talking cat, a band of smart rats, and a pipe-playing boy team up to pull a Pied Piper scam in towns across the land. They are doing quite well until they try to scam the town of Bad Blintz. 241p.
Rifkin, L. - The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb: Life One
Romeo has nine lives, but he will lose one by this book’s end to the feline battle with the sinister Fidel, leader of the alley cats. 311p. The series continues with The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb: Life Two and The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb: Life Three.
Said, S.F. - Varjak Paw
Varjak is a coddled cat living with the Contessa. Upon her death, a sinister relative arrives and, sensing danger, Varjak escapes to the city. It’s a perilous place of rough cat gangs where cats are mysteriously vanishing across the city. 254p. The sequel is The Outlaw Varjak Paw.
Books and series featuring other animals:
Adams, Richard - Watership Down
A warren of rabbits must move when their land is being developed. The heroes of the rabbit clan will have to use all their survival skills to guide the group to a new home. 429p.
Clement-Davies, David - Fire Bringer
Rannoch is a fawn marked with a leaf-shaped blaze that prophecy says makes him his tribe’s savior. As a new dark leader takes the tribe down an unnatural path, Rannoch and his rebellious friends are the deer’s only hope for survival. 498p.
Clement-Davies, David - The Sight
Twin cubs are born into a Transylvanian wolf pack. They are gifted with the Sight which allows them to see through the eyes of others and even control them. The cubs struggle against the tyranny of a pack called t;he Night Hunters led by another wolf with the Sight. 465p. The series continues with The Fell.
Collins, Suzanne - Gregor the Overlander: Book One in the Underland Chronicles
Gigantic cockroaches, warrior rats, and enormous bats that can be ridden are just some of the creatures Gregor encounters in Underland where a prophesy says he will lead the war against the rat army. 311p. The Underland Chronicles continue in Gregor and the Prophecy of the Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, and Gregor and the Code of Claw.
Fan, Nancy Yi - Swordbird
Turnatt the hawklord is enslaving the peaceful songbirds of the forest. Aska, a bluejay, and Minton, a robin, must find a magical gem to summon the mythic Swordbird to restore peace. 219p. Sword Quest is the sequel.
Hunter, Erin - The Quest Begins
Three bear cubs from different parts of the world are separated from their families. Attacked by other bears, suffering from hunger, and alone—the cubs are drawn towards each other and their combined destiny. 293p. This is the first book in The Seekers series.
Lasky, Kathryn - Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Capture: Book One
Soren is stolen from his family and taken to a school bent on brain-washing its kidnapped owls and training them to be soldiers. 226p. This series contains 13 more titles.
Jacques, Brian - Redwall
Only the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior will protect Redwall Abbey from the ratlord Cluny and his army. Young, awkward novice Matthias vows to find the sword at all costs. 351p. This series continues across 18 books.
Jarvis, Robin - The Dark Portal
The rats that live in the sewer on the other side of the grill are waiting to kill and skin any mice they encounter. With a new leader who practices dark magic, the rats are planning to unleash a plague and it is up to a small band of young mice to stop them. 243p. The Deptford Mice Trilogy continues with The Crystal Prison and The Final Reckoning.
Martini, Clem - The Mob
When the Kinaar Flock of crows convenes at the Gathering Tree, the question of who is responsible for a young crow’s death threatens to pull the flock apart. Soon murderous cats attack and a blizzard rages; three young crows will be called upon to save their flock. 236p. The story continues in The Plague and The Judgment.
O’Brien, Robert C. - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
There’s always been something strange about the very intelligent rats who live under the rosebush. However, Mrs. Frisby the mouse is running out of time to save her family from the tractor and must turn to these odd rats for help. 233p.
Oppel, Kenneth - Silverwing
Shade is born a runt of the Silverwing bat colony. When a storm separates Shade from the colony during the long flight to their winter home, he tries desperately to catch up to them. Predators and enemies threaten Shade as he flies for miles on his quest to find his colony. 217p. Sequels include Sunwing, Firewing, and Darkwing.
Rogan, S. Jones - The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush
Penhaligon the fox discovers an evil plan to shipwreck a cat princess on the way to her wedding. It will take all the cleverness this fox has to stop Sir Derek’s deadly schemes. 230p.
Prepared by Amanda Blau, September 2008