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Book Review: Into The Wild (Warriors) by Erin Hunter

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Into The Wild (Warriors) by Erin Hunter is a children’s fantasy novel about the life and times of cat clans that have shared the forest for generations. These clans include ThunderClan, Riverclan, Shadowclan, Windclan and Starclan. Also, there are cats outside the major clans; such as Yellowfang, Smudge and Barley.

Hunter outlines a complex system of governance among the cats. Each warrior cat has an apprentice. Each clan has a leader and a deputy. In addition, there are cat queens and elders who dispense wisdom.

The story opens with a wild catfight between ThunderClan members and an encroaching tribe of cats called the RiverClan warriors. Knowing their turf, the ThunderClan cats dive through some rocks and disappear into the forest  without a trace.

In another moving scene, Hunter describes the death of Redtail from a stealth attack by the RiverClan. The ThunderClan ceremony began with each member looking up to the Silverpelt thick band of stars.

In the cat folklore, each dead cat in the clan is said to represent one of the StarClan warriors in the Silverpelt constellation. In an unusual post funeral event, Bluestar names Lionheart as a new deputy of the ThunderClan to replace Redtail.

Eventually, the ThunderClan welcomes Rusty, who is seen as a potential savior for the group. The medicine cat doesn’t agree completely. Instead, he believes that ultimately the ThunderClan will be saved by fire.

Hunter’s governing principles for the cats involve an organizational hierarchy with leaders, deputies, warriors and apprentices, its exploration of social structures making it reminiscent of the work of George Orwell in Animal Farm or William Golding in Lord of the Flies.

Golding’s Lord of the Flies also describes a social order which breaks down on an island until the stranded boys are found by British officers. By contrast, Hunter’s social order of cats remains substantially intact in the Warriors Into The Wild.

Warriors Into The Wild is a good beginner book to introduce themes of governance in the animal kingdom. Hunter’s book should be read and understood at some point by teens, high school students and other readers before they progress to the more complex literary themes in Animal Farm or Lord of the Flies.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.