The Wild Ones: Moonlight Brigade is the 2016 sequel to The Wild Ones, written by C. Alexander London.
Trouble arises in Ankle Snap Alley again as the Wild Ones prepare for winter. When a thief only known as Coyote and his gang of otters rob the city of all their food, it's up to Kit and his friends to figure out a way to get all the food back so they don't starve as the season changes. As Kit comes up with a plan to save the city, he must also learn what it means to be a true hero, and determine what it takes to become part of the reverent Moonlight Brigade.
The Wild Ones: Moonlight Brigade provides examples of:
- Advertised Extra:
- Coyote, the story's main villain, has even less appearances than Sixclaw or Titus from the first book, despite being on the back cover. Except for the scene where he robs Ankle Snap Alley, and the climactic battle at the end, Coyote is barely in the story at all and doesn't leave as big of an impact as Titus did.
- Dax (presumably the squirrel on the front cover near Kit and Eeni) is basically just a minor character fortunate enough to have a name. After introducing himself to Kit and talking to him for a moment in the "Hide 'n' Hunt" chapter, he quickly fades into the background and has no more than one or two lines in whatever subsequent chapter he shows up in.
- Arc Words: "All of One Paw," a phrase that Mr. Timinson asks all of his students to see if they know the true meaning of it. It boils down to being The Power of Friendship, and how every animal, no matter what species, works better together instead of alone.
- Big Bad: Coyote, a thief who takes over the Thunder River Rompers and steals all the food from Ankle Snap Alley.
- The Bus Came Back: Titus shows up again to cause more trouble for Kit.
- Character Development: Kit, again. Although Kit is now a hero, he doesn't properly know how to be one. Throughout the book, Kit keeps taking risks and gambling in order to save the city, thinking that he has to do all the hard work so his friends won't get hurt. But as the book progresses, he realizes that there's no "I" in "hero," as stated below.
- Chewing the Scenery: Kit gets a little too hammy when he's begging for Titus' owners to let them stay in their home. Not that they can understand him.
- Demoted to Extra: Some of the recurring characters, such as Rik, the Blacktail Brothers, and Martyn, have very minor roles here and are cast aside for a new set of characters.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Coyote is a coyote.
- It's All About Me: Deconstructed. Kit spends the entire novel running around trying to save the city, putting his own life in danger, and exploring the world without anyone else's assistance. It gets to a point where Kit is so determined to save everyone and to keep them from harm that he and Eeni get into a fight because he never asks for her help. Eventually, he understands that he can't do everything by himself, and he bands together with his friends to stop Coyote.
- Lighter and Softer: While The Wild Ones wasn't too dark to begin with, Moonlight Brigade has an even lighter tone. The villain has no personal vendetta against the Wild Ones and has no desire to kill any of the animals. No one even perishes; at worst, some characters have their fur singed. Kit also doesn't face the same level of danger as the first book; in The Wild Ones, Kit had to deal with the death of his parents, being run out of his home, and then nearly getting killed by a snake, a cat, and a Sewer Gator, amongst other characters. Here, his greatest threat (besides Coyote) is nearly getting run over by a car, and almost falling into a Skunk Puddle.
- Not Quite Dead: It turns out that Kit's mother wasn't killed after all. She was captured by humans and taken to a zoo.
- Sequel Hook: The final chapter reveals that Kit's mother is still alive and being held prisoner inside of a zoo.
- Shout-Out: Chapter 17 is called "What Does The Fox Say?".
- Two Lines, No Waiting: While Kit is busy trying to save the city from Coyote, he's also going to school with Eeni and learning about the Moonlight Brigade and what the phrase "All of One Paw" means.
- Villain Decay: Titus, big time. In the first novel, he was a Knight of Cerebus who tried to have everyone in Ankle Snap Alley killed. Here, he's treated as a common, small-time house pet who is tricked into losing the Dog's Duel against Kit.
- Wham Line: Mr. Timinson drops a huge revelation in the final chapter.Kit: "I don't understand. This was my mother's."Mr. Timinson: "Is. It is your mother's."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Basil the snake isn't so much as mentioned in the book, despite other Flealess characters like Titus and Mr. Peebles returning.