Wild Born (Spirit Animals Series #1)

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#1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Mull launches Scholastic's wildly popular multiplatform phenomenon.

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 forever.

Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of...

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Overview


#1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Mull launches Scholastic's wildly popular multiplatform phenomenon.

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 forever.

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.

Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game -- discover your spirit animal and join the adventure.

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Centuries ago, the Devourers came and attempted to destroy all humankind, but were defeated only because of those able to evoke animal spirits. Now these relentless would-be conquerors are back and the future of the planet rests on the slender shoulders of Meilin, Connor, Rollan, and Abeke, four 11-year-olds who can channel the wolf, leopard, panda, and falcon that can save the world. (P.S. This novel by Fablehaven author Brandon Mull marks the takeoff of a multiple-author book series and a role-playing game. Volume 2 will see the light in January with a new fiction by Maggie Stiefvater.)

Publishers Weekly
Mull (the Beyonders books) kicks off the multiplatform Spirit Animals series with an exciting first installment (volume two arrives in January 2014, written by Maggie Stiefvater). In the world of Erdas, 11-year-olds must all drink the Nectar to see if they have the rare ability to summon a spirit animal. Greencloaks, those with spirit animals, are an important order that helped defeat the Devourer hundreds of years ago, with help from four Great Beasts who gave their lives to protect Erdas. Now, there are signs that the Devourer may return; meanwhile, four children from around the world shock themselves and those around them when they summon the four Fallen Beasts. Mull carves out each distinct hero in spare prose that moves the story quickly forward (along with several animal- and superpower-driven action sequences) as Meilin, Connor, Rollan, and Abeke forge relationships with their spirit animals and decide where they stand in the imminent war. Readers eager to spend more time in Erdas (and find their own spirit animals) can do so in an online game that ties into the series. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Book 1 of the "Spirit Animals" series introduces readers to the world of Erdas which is facing great danger. When children reach the age of eleven, they are given the ritual drink of the Nectar of Ninani. Some will call spirit animals which will give them special strengths or powers. In this year of impending danger, four unlikely children in different parts of Erdas bring forth special spirit animals, former Great Ones who fell during the last major battle. Conor, the son of a shepherd, is servant to the earl's son, who is expected to bring forth a spirit animal at the town ceremony. However, Conor surprises himself and everyone else when his spirit animal appears. He has bonded with Briggan, the great wolf. Abeke is constantly trying to prove to her family and her village that she is strong. For her birthday, she hunts and kills an antelope for food but is told that her act was disrespectful. She gains respect when she bonds with the leopard Uraza. Rollan, an orphan who must steal food to survive, is in prison when he bonds with Essix, the falcon. Meilin, trained in martial arts, is forced to leave her father to fight off invaders when she bonds with the panda Jhi. Unsure of themselves and whom to trust, the four young people are thrust into a major conflict to save Erdas. This first book in the series introduces them to the reader and to each other as they struggle to find their place in the world. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 4–7—In the world of Erdas, when children turn 11, they drink Nectar in order to see if they will have a spirit animal. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan are chosen, and, with their spirit animals-a wolf, a leopard, a panda, and a falcon-they must summon the Four Fallen, Great Beasts that gave their lives many years earlier to defeat the Devourer. Now the Devourer is back, and the children have to use their animal powers to defeat it. Minions of the Devourer are hot on their trail and will do anything to stop them from succeeding. This story has a well-developed plot and likable, well-rounded characters. Mull masterfully draws readers into Erdas with his fast-paced scenes. His writing is smooth and easily transitions between characters' points of view without causing confusion. Fans of Mull's Fablehaven (S & S, 2007), Peter Lerangis's The Colossus Rises (HarperCollins, 2013), or other page-turning fantasy adventures will have a hard time putting this book down.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Kirkus Reviews
The appearance of the Four Fallen Great Beasts in Erdas signals the re-emergence of an evil power long forgotten. In the tradition of Erdas, four 11-year-olds are given Nectar, a substance designed to help them call their spirit animals. Conor, an indentured servant, calls Briggan the wolf. Uraza the leopard answers the call of the young warrior, Abeke. Jhi the panda comes to Meilin, the daughter of a Zhongese general. Rollan, a poor street urchin, calls Essix the falcon. With the assistance of the Greencloaks, a powerful but secretive order, the four must learn to bond with their spirit animals, drawing strength and wisdom from their gifts. Their mission is to retrieve the talismans from the other Great Beasts before the Devourer can regain power and destroy the world. Constructed in the tradition of The 39 Clues, this fast-paced new series will be penned by various well-known authors. Unfortunately, flat characters and a predictable plot are evidence that this first installment lacks Mull's usual creativity and humor. A companion website promising a multimedia experience invites readers to be paired with their own spirit animals. Should satisfy readers hungry for a new fantasy series. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545522434
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Series: Spirit Animals Series , #1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 11,202
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series. As a kid, he had a dog, a cat, a horse, some goldfish (won at a school carnival), and briefly a tarantula (captured in his neighborhood). He now lives in Utah with his wife, four kids, and the family dog. Learn more about him at brandonmull.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Hope to read it!

    I have always enjoyed Brandon Mull's books and have read the entire Fablehaven series twice recently! When I saw the author of this book and read the description, i was automatically attracted to this book. Brandon Mull is a fantaatic author, and although I have not read this book, I fully and completely recomend thi book to all those Fablehaven/Brandon Mull fans or ayone who loves adventure, heroism, protection, and crazy plot twists that will kee you on the edge of your seat, turning pages, and hoping for more! I recomnd all of Brandon Mull's books to anyone who enjoys this book!
    (I also recomen any of Rick Riord's books to thise who love Brandon Mull's!!) I wish you happy reading!

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    It was the day that Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan turned 11.

    It was the day that Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan turned 11. Four kids from lands far apart from each other all turning 11 on the same day. Not really a big deal right? Wrong! When a child turns 11 in the world of Erdas they get a chance to summon a spirit animal. If they are meant to have a spirit animal, it comes out of nowhere and forms a bond with the child forever. The bond gives the child and animal great powers. These four kids summon the great legendary animals that were killed in battle – Briggan the Wolf, Uraza the Leopard, Jhi the Panda and Essix the Falcon. Together the four children and their Spirit Animals must stop the evil Devourer from destroying Erdas before it is too late!

    When I first read about this new series by Scholastic I thought, “Okay so they are making another 39 Clues type series” (series of books written by different authors). When I read further I saw it was Brandon Mull (author of the Fablehaven and The Beyonders series) who was writing the first book (that got my interest). Brandon Mull is a great fantasy author. The books of his I’ve read gets me totally involved in the story. The Spirit Animals series is a fantasy series and Mr. Mull’s book in the series was the perfect start. I love his style of adding a bit of humor (like Conor is a sheep-herder and his Spirit Animal is a wolf – HA!) to a whole lot of action. The world of Erdas is described well and I liked learning about the new characters and their Spirit Animals. Conor was my favorite character in this book. I think fans of The 39 Clues and fantasy books will love Wild Born, Book 1 of Spirit Animals!
    *NOTE* I got an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

    20 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Sounds good

    I really like Brandon Mull's books and I think this one will be good.

    18 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Love this book

    I looooooooooooove this book sooooooooo much

    12 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Dudes

    Crazy awesome book. The game is so awesome too. Hope you all can read it and enjoy.

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    E

    The tiny group of cats, you could call it a small clan, with elders,queens,warriors,apprentices, med. cats, med. cat apprentices,a leader, deputy, and kits.It was a small group, but a lively one.They call themselves Hopeclan, for much hope is in their clan.They started out from different clans, Roseclan,Leafclan,Amberclan,Cloudclan,Iceclan,and Fireclan.But soon all thet changed.They joined together, and formed hopeclan.The new leader,Hawkstar,had to go to the Moonstone in secret to get her nine lives.They took terrirory that so far nocat had claimed, and called it Hopeclan.It was still a small clan.The old deputy was Homeywhisker, and she bacame leader when Hawkastar died.The current leader is Petalstar, and she is definitely amazing.
    Allegiances
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    Leader:Petalstar
    Deputy:Blazetail
    Medicine Cat:Berrytail
    Apprentice,Mintpaw
    Warriors:Flametail
    Apprentice,Autumnpaw
    Mudpelt
    Apprentice,Snowflakepaw
    Blossomtail
    Puddleheart
    Apprentice,Songpaw
    Lilystream
    Wisptail
    Ashpelt
    Apprentice,Blazepaw
    Queen:Echosong
    Kits:Gingerkit
    Fernkit
    Stormkit

    9 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Awesome book

    Great book you should totally read it

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Won't let me read it.

    Since the day it came out I have been trying to read this book, it is very frustrating, and it seems I am not the only one with this problem.

    8 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Spirit

    "Love It" (practically singing)

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    I have this book click here

    I have this book and i can lend it to some body give me your information annd there you go!!!!!!!! -Rachel Farr

    6 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    I WANT THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i love the sample i jst red and i want it baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!""""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from:darknightdawn

    6 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

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    What does the fox say?
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    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Tap here

    I am in love with this book.But my computer wont let me play the game.I was in tears!):

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Amazing

    This book was amazing and very interesting to read. :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    I am loving it

    I like brandon mulls books and ao far this book is good short though an ive played the game pretty good magicphonix20

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Relly good book

    This book is so good can't wait for book 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Yay

    This is on my list for the top ten best books ever!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Loved it

    It is an awesome serires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You need to read it if you love animals like me!!! If i was in that book, i would have made them let me have a sloth! I LOVE SLOTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 100% loveing them!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Hope to read it!

    I have not read this book yet, but I hope I will. :) :D ^_^ [^_^]

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Yolo

    Yolo

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