As my daughter was reading her favorite book series one night last week she stumbled upon a huge error. She scratched out a note on a paper towel so she would remember where she left off when she discovered it.

Everything I know about the Warriors book series comes from my 11-year old daughter, who is a huge fan and has consumed almost every word the author has ever written.  Or should I say, every word they have ever written.

One of the first things I learned is that Erin Hunter isn't one author, but rather a handful of people who have come together to write under that pen name.  The six authors that write under Erin Hunter are Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Tui Sutherland, Gillian Philip, Inbali Iserles, and Victoria Holmes.  (Tui Sutherland also writes the Wings of Fire books, which are also huge at my house and among the reasons I have so many rewards points on my Amazon credit card.)

My daughter reads every night before she falls asleep, and one night last week she got to page 127 in Skyclan's Destiny when she discovered a huge problem. She had the urge to skip ahead to the graphic novel section in the back of the book at that point, so she could see some illustrations, and she found that some of the pages there were out of order.  One of the cats that plays an important role in the graphic novel isn't introduced in the right spot, and that page appears a few pages too late, according to my daughter.  The illustrations skip around and she says there are a total of four pages out of order before it sorts itself out.  After discovering the issue in the illustrated section, she went back to reading the regular text and said that appears to be okay.

The bookstore where we bought the book said they would swap it out for a new copy, but would you do return it or keep it?  A printing mistake seems like it might make the book a collector's item and perhaps we should hang onto it.  There's so much perfection in the world of print, errors are fun to find.

There are so many clans and quests to keep track of in the Warriors books, I can't even.  But avid readers like my daughter know every detail about every one of them and they swap notes about their favorites, and they imagine what qualities they have in their own personalities that might be similar to these Warrior cats. It's a great series that keeps kids engaged and reading.

We go on regular coffee shop outings to read and relax, and she gets fruity drinks and I get skinny lattes and it's great quality time.  Only the most perceptive kids and the biggest fans will discover the hidden details.

Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media

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