"She felt as though her heart was breaking; she couldn't believe that everything had gone so wrong. White bears turning against one another. The Melting Sea turning to water before Burn Sky had even begun. What else had changed?"
Kallik on how the Melting Sea had changed, in The Melting Sea, page 198
The Melting Sea

The Melting Sea

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The Melting Sea is the second book in the Return to the Wild series by Erin Hunter. Yakone is featured on the front cover. Below are all four Seeker bears exploring the land beside The Melting Sea.


Toklo, Kallik, Lusa, and their newest companion, Yakone, press onward in their quest to return home again—where they can continue to spread the word about saving the wild. As they approach Kallik’s former home, Toklo and Lusa struggle with the idea of separating from Kallik and continuing their journey without her. But when the foursome arrives at the Melting Sea, they're shocked to encounter the group of Polar Bears who terrorized the black bears at Great Bear Lake—and are horrified to discover that Kallik’s brother, Taqqiq, has joined them. Can the bears convince Taqqiq to come back to the right side? Or will Kallik’s family stay torn apart forever?
The second book in this spectacular new story arc is packed with epic adventure, high-stakes decisions, and great danger for the bears. The Melting Sea will leave readers hungry for more from the New York Times bestselling world of Seekers.
Toklo, Kallik, Lusa and Yakone trek onward toward the The Melting Sea, battling the elements and struggling to move quickly as the ice begins to thaw. Kallik is anxious to reunite with her brother, Taqqiq, and the rest of the bears at her old home - but Toklo and Lusa can't imagine continuing their journey without her.
As they cross the Melting Sea, the foursome encounters Shila, an injured white bear who tells them that a vicious gang of bears is terrorizing others for food and land. Kallik is horrified to discover that her brother has joined these fierce bears. Can the Seeker bears convince Taqqiq to come back to the right side?
The future of the close-knit team is uncertain. As the bears face separating for the first time since their quest began, they struggle with the difficult choice between returning home or remaining with the companions who have become their true family.

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The four bears are still trekking through the snow in the search of Kallik's home; the Melting Sea. While walking through the snow the bears come to a herd of caribou and they hunt and kill one. Later, while they were in a blizzard, Lusa gets lost and tries to find her way back. She hears a caribou coming and thinks its come to get revenge. But, it turns out it's Ujurak in the shape of a caribou. He leads her back to the group and Lusa tells them how she saw him. 
Later the bears meet a she-bear named Akna and her cubs Iluq and Kassuq who were dropped off by the Metal bird. They stay for a while to help her and her cubs. After Kallik goes hunting with Akna they say their good-byes and leave.
While the bears were in a flat-face place they come across the building where Kallik met Nanuk when a firebeast crashes into it and the building catches on fire. Kallik and the others go inside to rescue any bear inside. But, it was Ujurak in the shape of a flat-face who rescued two unnamed young male polar bears and the unconcious young she-bear Shila.
After Shila wakes up and are away from the flat-faces, she tells them how she got there and the others follow her to the ice. While there the bears are surrounded by Salik, Manik, Iqaluk, Taqqiq and two unnamed bears. The bears are chased off by Salik and his gang and Shila tells them that they have been causing problems with the other white bears and that she has to get back to her mother Sakari and her two young brothers, Tonraq and Pakak. Shila takes them to their den but finds it empty with white bear fur and blood. Salik and the others catches up to them. Furious Shila attacks Salik but the other males gang up on her and attack. Kallik is furious and attacks Taqqiq and tells him she hates him. They leave Salik and them but Taqqiq follows them and tells them he knows where Shila's family is. 
When the bears finds Shila's family they try to find a way to get rid of Salik and his gang. Finding other bears to help, Toklo teaches them how they will fight them. When Taqqiq brings his friends here they are ambushed by the other bears with the help of Taqqiq. 
After Salik and his gang leave Kallik ask Taqqiq to come with her and her friends. But, he decides to stay with Shila. Kallik and Yakone decide to stay with Lusa and Toklo until they find their home.


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Seekers Books
The Original Series The Quest BeginsGreat Bear LakeSmoke MountainThe Last WildernessFire in the SkySpirits in the Stars
Return to the Wild Island of ShadowsThe Melting SeaRiver of Lost BearsForest of WolvesThe Burning HorizonThe Longest Day
Mangas Toklo's StoryKallik's AdventureLusa's Tale

The Melting Sea Chapters
Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27Chapter 28Chapter 29Chapter 30Chapter 31Chapter 32Chapter 33Chapter 34
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