The Burning Horizon (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Seekers: Return to the Wild)
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Toklo, Kallik, Lusa, and Yakone are determined to reach Great Bear Lake in time for the Longest Day Gathering. Even Toklo, who has already claimed a new territory in the mountains, has promised to stay with them until Lusa has found a home of her own. But when Lusa is unexpectedly separated from the others, she must face her past-and make a decision about her future.
“I’m alive. I’ll find a way out, I promise.” “Thank the spirits!” Yakone’s voice was full of relief. “We’ve been calling and calling.” “I can see the end of the crevasse, over in this direction,” Toklo barked. “We can wait for you there.” “Wait! I can’t see you! Can you see me?” Kallik asked as loudly as she could, not sure which direction Toklo meant. There was no reply, just a tumble of dirty ice fragments down the wall beside her, which made her lurch back to avoid getting struck. Toklo
first den. But it wouldn’t open. “What’s the matter with it?” Kallik asked, rearing up in frustration and battering at the door with her forepaws. “Come on, let’s try the next one,” Toklo said tensely. But as they headed toward the second den, they heard a whistling sound and the thump of heavy pawsteps. Just in time they ducked behind a sleeping firebeast as a flat-face came around the corner of the den. “Why is he making that funny noise?” Kallik wondered aloud, thinking how weird the
flat-face objects stretched out in front of them. There were piles of wooden things like flat cages, and stacks of shiny metal cans that reminded Kallik of how Lusa used to scavenge for food among flat-face rubbish. I wonder if there’s food in these. But all she could smell was the tang of firebeasts and an oily scent that made her feel nauseous. “I don’t want to stay here all day,” she said. “We’ll need to find a better place.” “I don’t like it here either,” Yakone said, and Toklo nodded in
behind. Lusa knew they wanted to give her some time alone with the other bears. As the sun rose higher in the sky, a small copse appeared on the horizon. Drawing closer, Lusa could see thick undergrowth beneath the trees, and welcoming shade from the worst of the heat. “We always stop here on our way to Great Bear Lake,” the male bear told Lusa. “There’s just one more sunrise of walking to get there, so this is our last chance to rest peacefully.” “I see berry bushes!” one of the older cubs
their grief when Ujurak died, and their wonder when he turned into blazing stars and rose into the sky beside his mother. Riding the firesnake . . . chasing the wolves away . . . and now we’re here, and it’s almost over. But Kallik didn’t only look back. She was full of wild hopes for the future, too. Hopes of meeting Taqqiq again at Great Bear Lake, of finding a home where she could spend the rest of her life with Yakone. Above everything, she felt an immeasurably deep gratitude for the three