Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon Mull
Goodreads Summary: Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts – a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children – and the world – have been changed for ever. Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers …and on you.
Scholastic was really promoting this book during our October Book Fair, so I decided I really needed to see what all the hype was about.
I love it! It’s a great adventure story with a bit of fantasy and a Native American flair. Another plus is the publishing schedule. Each book in the series is written by a different author (think 39 Clues) allowing the books to be published much faster than usual and without harming the quality of the writing. Rather than waiting a year for the next installment, readers only have to wait a few months.
I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with our four heroes and their spirit animals: Connor and Briggan, Meilin and Jhi, Rollan and Essix; and Abeke and Uraza.
Another reason I love this series, is because my students love it and we are having some awesome conversations about this first book.
If you like interactive books, you will want to check out the game associated with the series at Spirit Animals.com.
So what do you think would be your spirit animal?