Great Bear Lake (Seekers Series #2)

Great Bear Lake (Seekers Series #2)

by Erin Hunter

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The second book in a thrilling animal fantasy series following the epic journey of three bears, from the #1 nationally bestselling author of Warriors.

Three bear cubs from three different species—black, polar, and grizzly—and a mysterious shape-shifting bear named Ujurak have found themselves brought together to journey toward the Northern Lights. Now their paths have converged at Great Bear Lake, where all bears gather to celebrate the Longest Day. But danger lurks ahead, and the young bears’ determination will be tested as they fight to survive the harsh realities of the wild.

For fans of Warriors, Survivors, and animal fantasy series like Wings of Fire and Foxcraft, Seekers is a sweeping and incredible journey through the beautiful, dangerous world of wild bears.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061973659
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Series: Seekers Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 176,999
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. In addition to having great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behavior. She is also the author of the Seekers, Survivors, and Bravelands series.

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Seekers #2: Great Bear Lake

Chapter One


Lusa stared at the grizzly cub. He was twice her size; in the struggle when she was trapped under his weight, she had thought he would kill her for sure. But she wasn't scared of him now, as she watched him crouched in front of her with his flanks heaving. Red light from the setting sun trickled through the leaves, speckling Toklo's brown pelt with spots of burning russet.

She had found Oka's missing cub.

I could have searched for him all my life and never found him. Did the spirits guide me?

Toklo glared at her. "How do you know my name?"

"I—I've been looking for you," Lusa stammered. "I've come all the way from the Bear Bowl—"

"The Bear Bowl?" Toklo curled his lip. "What's that?"

"It's a place where bears live," Lusa explained, on more confident territory now. "Black bears like me, and grizzlies, and huge white bears. Flat-faces feed us and mend us when we get sick, and other flat-faces come and look at us. There are other animals, too," she added. "Tigers, and flamingos, and animals with long, dangly noses."

Toklo interrupted her with a huff of contempt. "You lived with other animals?" he growled disbelievingly. "Flat-faces fed you? Proper bears don't do that. What sort of bear are you?"

Lusa felt her belly go tight; he looked really angry, and she knew she wouldn't be able to fight him off a second time. But she had promised Oka that she would pass on her message to her only surviving cub. "The flat-faces brought your mother to the Bear Bowl. She. .. she died there." She decided there was no point making Toklo evenangrier by telling him how Oka had been crazed with grief for her lost cubs, so deranged that she had attacked a flat-face. "Before she died she gave me a message for you. She said—"

Toklo turned away. "I don't want to hear it!"

Startled, Lusa took a pace toward him. "But I promised—"

"I said, I don't want to hear it! I don't want to hear anything about that bear. She abandoned me. She is not my mother." He stalked away, his paws crunching through the dried leaves until he stopped under a twisted fir tree.

"She was sorry," Lusa murmured.

She didn't think Toklo had heard her. Without looking at her, he snarled, "Go back to the Bear Bowl!"

Lusa blinked, puzzled. She had risked her life to find him, and to tell him what Oka had wanted him to know. She had expected that Toklo would be grateful to her. Maybe he would even become her friend, so she wouldn't be on her own anymore. What had she done to make him so hostile?

She couldn't go back to the Bear Bowl. The wild was bigger than she had ever imagined, scary and confusing. But it was exciting, too. After the freedom she had known in the last moons, she couldn't think of returning to the little space where two or three trees made a forest. But what would Toklo do if she didn't leave? She clamped her jaws shut to stop a whimper from coming out. There was no way she'd show Toklo how scared she was.

Lusa turned to look at the other brown bear cub, who was sitting watching her with bright interest. She tipped her head on one side, remembering what she had seen just before her struggle with Toklo. She had been chasing a hare, hadn't she? A growl from her belly reminded her that she was hungrier than she'd ever been in her life. She'd been chasing a hare and it had turned into this cub.

Her mother hadn't said anything about hares that turned into bears, or any other animal for that matter. Was this a bear, or a hare? Would it change again? Lusa stared at it suspiciously, looking for long ears suddenly shooting up.

The brown cub stood up and padded over to her. He was smaller than Toklo, and his eyes were warm and curious. "My name's Ujurak. You're Lusa, right?"

Lusa nodded. "Are. .. are you a bear or a hare?" she burst out.

Ujurak lifted his shoulder in a shrug, rippling his shiny brown fur. "I don't know," he admitted. "I can be lots of other creatures, too. A salmon, an eagle. .. sometimes I'm a flat-face cub."

Lusa stiffened. Would Ujurak be a kind flat-face like the feeders in the Bear Bowl, or one of the dangerous ones who shouted and shot their metal sticks? "Why would you want to be a flat-face?"

"I don't exactly want to be anything," Ujurak replied. "Except a bear, of course. It just happens." He glanced at Toklo. "I'm trying to control it, but I'm not very good yet."

"So you're really a bear?" Lusa stretched her head up and checked. His ears were definitely small and round right now, nothing like a hare's.

"I think so." Ujurak blinked. "I hope so."

Lusa looked around. The trees grew close together here, with little room for berry bushes underneath, but there was no scent of flat-faces or dogs. "Is this Toklo's territory?" The big grizzly cub looked quite strong enough to score his clawmarks on the trees and defend his feeding ground from other bears.

"No, we're on a journey." An amber glow lit deep in Ujurak's eyes. "We're going to the place where the bear spirits dance in the sky."

"Where's that?"

Ujurak looked at his paws. Definitely bear's paws, Lusa thought. "We don't know exactly," he confessed. "We're following the stars." He looked up again. "But I have to get there. However long it takes."

Something in Lusa prompted her to reach up and touch her nose to the cub's furry ear. "You'll find the place, I know you will."

Ujurak turned his head to stare at her. "You understand, don't you?" he said softly. "Because you kept going until you found Toklo."

Seekers #2: Great Bear Lake. Copyright © by Erin Hunter. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
11 year old J says: I like the characters. My favorite is Kallik. I like how Ujurak can change into other animals. They are trying to get to Great Bear Lake and it is an adventure. It is fun to read!
billybob22 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I personly like the cover art + the writing and the characters(Tolko,Lusa,Urajak,Taqqi).It is not good for classrooms(too much fighting).I LOVE IT!!!!!!:):):):):)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book yet (But i think it will be a super good book if you have read the first book of the series!!!!!I hope you will read all of the series like i am!!!!!!!!) #LOVE IT!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Son loved this book, once we got it on his nook he couldn't stop reading it. Recommend it for all kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, if you like erins books, youll like this
Hugh Jones More than 1 year ago
Not a very good book, I would say that this is one of the saddest books that I have ever read.
COOLSEEKERS123 More than 1 year ago
This book is so good, i can't describe it. It is a wonderful storyline, great chracters. taquic rocks :)!
AnFa0822 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I loved Erin Hunter's other series, I wasn't very fond of this one. Especially this one book. This contained hardly any action, but there were several moments where I would need a full tissue box in order to turn the page and read on to the next emotional moment.
syoon2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lusa finally meets Toklo, and Kallik finally meets Taqqiq but he had been wondering around with bullies, that Kallik think it's not her real brother anymore. This story was very exciting because the three bears finally got together.
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A black bear cub (Lusa) escapes from a zoo to tell a grizzly cub (Toklo) his mothers last words. But Toklo dodsn't want to listen. He has this idea that his mother abandoned him after Tobey, his young brother died of an illness. Tobey had been weak to start off with, probably being the smallest bear cub to be born. Toklo and his mother lived life normally for a while, then she grew distant. She watched as older bears beat on her cub, watched as he starved, and did nothing to save her last born kid. Why should Toklo care if the bear died or not? She was no longer his mother! But Lusa won't give up. Toklo is friends with Urjak, a changling. (Something that can change forms, kinda like a shapeshifter, but not exacty.) Toklo, Lusa, and Urjak continued to Great Bear Lake. Kallik, a polar bear, has lost her mom, her brother, and her new caregiver. Orcas attacked her mum, and her brother was lost on the "Sea of Melting Ice". Kallik believed he was alive, and could find him if she left the sea. But can Kallik do that? Can she leave her mothers spirit trapped in the ice? When the bears get to the lake, everyone goes their seperate ways. But will fate be kind enough to bring them back together? Or will it laugh, and have them all "disappear"? Will Kallik find her brother? Will her brother be HAPPY to see Kallik? Or will he have changed? You'll have to read the book to find out, I guess. Recommended for 5th grade, up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stopped reading it and i HATE doing that. I couldnt get through the first chap.
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At lest i like it
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Kiss your hand three times and post this on three other books and look under your pillow.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good book but the firist is much better.