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Sparkpelt

"We've come all this way... We've come so close to being killed by monsters or foxes; we've fought so hard to survive. It doesn't seem fair that Sandstorm died anyway."

—Sparkpaw about Sandstorm during her vigil in The Apprentice's Quest, page 184

Sparkpelt

Clan(s)
Highest Rank
Warrior
Parents
Litter-Mate(s)
Mate(s)
No information
Children
No information
Mentor(s)
Apprentice(s)
No information
Previous Name(s)
Sparkkit, Sparkpaw

Sparkpelt is a short-furred,[1] orange[2] flame-colored[3] tabby she-cat[2] with bright[4] green eyes.[5]

Kit

Sparkkit is seen in the nursery before she becomes an apprentice. She is talking to her brother Alderkit about who she wants her mentor to be. She says she does not want Berrynose or Whitewing, because they are strict and no fun. Squirrelflight then comes in and says that she isn't supposed to have fun with her mentor;she is supposed to learn from them.

Sparkkit just flicks her tail, and continues on cheerfully. The ceremony begins and when Sparkkit is called up first, she approaches her father with confidence.

Apprentice

Bramblestar touches Sparkkit on the shoulder with his tail tip and announces her apprentice name will be Sparkpaw, and her mentor will be Cherryfall.

Sparkpaw happily dashes across the clearing and touches noses with her new mentor. The Clan cheers her name, and she hops with pleasure. Alderkit is then given his apprentice name and his mentor, Molewhisker, and as the Clan breaks away, Squirrelflight and Bramblestar approach their kits. Bramblestar congratulates them, and Sparkpaw waves her tail and announces that she found the ceremony to be great, and that she can't wait to go hunting.

Squirrelflight licks Sparkpaw and Alderpaw around the ears, and she and Bramblestar both make positive comments about their kits before leaving them alone with their mentors. Cherryfall talks to Sparkpaw about what they're going to do, and Sparkpaw asks if they can go hunting. Molewhisker and Cherryfall reveal that they will be ridding the elders of their ticks.

The next day, Sparkpaw and Alderpaw take a tour of the territory. At the end of the tour, they are ordered to practice hunting. Sparkpaw is able to catch a shrew and a mouse, but Alderpaw catches nothing. Some of her Clanmates congratulate her for catching the prey. A while later, Sparkpaw and Alderpaw to a Gathering. Needlepaw invites Sparkpaw and Alderpaw to come and sit with her. While they are talking, the Gathering begins. Near the end of the Gathering, Rowanstar talks about the vision shared by all the Clans.

A day after the Gathering, Sparkpaw goes hunting. She catches a fat thrush and a squirrel by the time she heads back to camp. She then finds out that Alderpaw is becoming a medicine cat apprentice and tries to comfort him saying that he was meant to. Sparkpaw then tells Jayfeather that Purdy's belly hurts.

Trivia

  • She bears a striking resemblance to Firestar.[6]
  • Kate said that she liked Alderheart better than Sparkpelt because although Sparkpelt is 'adorably cheery', she prefers a worrier.[7]
  • Kate suggested the name Sparkfire for Sparkpaw's warrior name, but HarperCollins rejected the idea.[8] Kate stated that Sparkpaw's warrior name would not be 'Sparkplug' either.[9]
    • This is later printed as a sort of "easter egg", where Graystripe thought that Sparkfire would've been a nice warrior name to remember Firestar by.[4]
  • Sparkpelt feels comfortable in her own skin, and she has no need to feel pressured to live up to Firestar's legacy.[10]

Family

Father: Bramblestar

Mother: Squirrelflight

Sister: Dandelionkit

Brothers: Alderheart and Juniperkit

Grandfathers: Firestar and Tigerstar

Granndmothers: Sandstorm and Goldenflower

Great-Grandfathers: Pinestar, Jake, Redtail, Smallear

Great-Grandmothers: Leopardfoot, Nutmeg, Brindleface and Speckletail

Great-Great-Grandfathers: Adderfang and Fuzzypelt

Great-Great-Grandmothers: Swiftbreeze, Robinwing and Sweetbriar

Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Flashnose

Aunts: Tawnypelt and Leafpool

Great Uncle: Lionheart

Great Aunts: Nightkit, Mistkit and Princess

Great-Great Uncles: Patchpelt, Dustpelt and Ravenpaw

Great-Great Aunts: Willowpelt, Spottedleaf, Frostfur

Half-Uncles: Swiftpaw, Tadpole and Hawkfrost

Half-Aunt: Mothwing

Half-Aunt/Uncle: Unnamed kit

Great Half-Uncles: Scourge, Socks, Snowkit and Ashfur

Great Half-Aunts: Ruby, Mistlekit and Ferncloud

Great Half-Aunts/Uncles: Two unnamed kits

Great-Great Half-Uncle: Longtail

Cousins: Tigerstar, Dawnpelt, Flametail, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, Cloudtail, four unnamed kits, Graystripe, Spiderleg, Shrewpaw, Birchfall, Foxleap, Hollykit, Larchkit, Icecloud, Sootfur, Rainwhisker, Darkstripe, Sorreltail, Brightheart, Cinderpelt, Brackenfur, Thornclaw, Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe, Fernsong, Juniperclaw, Sleekwhisker, Strikestone, Whitewing, Ambermoon, Snowbush, Dewnose, Feathertail, Stormfur, Bumblestripe, Briarlight, Blossomfall, Toadstep, Rosepetal, Ivypool, Dovewing, Molepaw, Cinderheart, Honeyfern, Poppyfrost, Seedpaw, Lilyheart, Leafshade, Honeyfur, Larksong, Pine That Clings to Rock, Lark That Sings at Dawn, Molewhisker and Cherryfall

References and Citations

  1. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest
  3. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 122
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 124
  5. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 115
  6. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  7. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  8. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  9. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  10. Revealed on Kate's Blog

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