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Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  4,035 ratings  ·  566 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2013)
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Julianna Helms
**3.5 STARS**

Original can be found on my blog here. (Note: Due to copy-and-paste, formatting and most links have been lost.)

Talk about creative! My brother and I've both been big fans of Scholastic's multi-author series, and this one, Spirit Animals, is no exceptions. Let's have my ten-year-old brother take it away first:

This book was just so... COOL. The main characters got the Fallen Four spirit animals, which is so cool. They each had better spirit animals than other people, which is r
Sean Llewellyn Williams
My rating might be slightly biased. :-)
My 10 yr old says that this is one of the best books he has ever read. And while I can't agree with him I do see the appeal. It still bothers me that these adventure books put such young children in such mature settings that include violence. I'm glad that I am reading along with my son so that we can talk about it together.
I really enjoyed Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1). It moves at a quick pace, getting to the meat of the story within a few pages with a surprising depth considering the shortness of the book. The four main characters are fun to get to know, each one with their strengths and weaknesses.

Conor, who comes from a sheep-herding family is shocked when he bonds with a wolf. He is even further stunned when he discovers that it isn't just a wolf, but Briggan, a Great Beast, who'd fallen in battle long befor
I did like that in this Generic Fantasy World crocodiles appear to be the ultimate symbol of a truly evil dude.

Anyway this is ~okay~. It ticks a lot of boxes for the target audience to like (fantasy adventure, cool animals and different cultures are all popular with kids at our school) but the writing is pretty bland and there's not a lot of depth to the characters. There's a hint at one point that it might want to become nuanced and interesting, with neither the good faction nor the evil being
Nerdy Birdy
Good middle-aged book. Basically, the book was about four kids. At the age of eleven, as is customary in this magical world, each partakes of a nectar that determines whether or not the child will summon a spirit animal. The animals become connected to the child, and they can lend them strength when needed. The four main characters summon the Four Fallen, a wolf, falcon, panda, and leopard. These magical beasts have not been seen since the last great battle of the world. They signal
The beginning
My two star rating should not reflect on Brandon Mull as an author, I really like his books and usually give them a four or five star rating. I'm rating the Spirit Animals series, it's going to be like 39 clues, with each book having a different author. This book was able to establish the characters, go on one adventure, and then it stops. I was really disappointed in this book, I bought it at my kids' school book fair because, one it was by Brandon Mull, I thought it was his new series and not ...more
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
3.5 stars to Brandon Mull's latest book that will be out September 2013! This book reminded me a lot of the Golden Compass series with the kids and the animal connection but Brandon did make it his own. Also I think that elementary aged kids are going to love it! This book is about four kids in the land of Erdas who drink a ceremonial nectar and each find themselves with an ancient spirit animal. There's a wolf, a bird, a panda, and a leopard. They must use these animals to hunt down a talisman ...more
Dominick Owens
There are few words to describe this story. It's an astonishing fairy-tail that would charm up a three year old. This book is meant for any-one that wants to read it. Though very exiting, it is also very suspenseful, and surprisingly tragic at the same time. This book is my childhood imagination coming alive more and more with every single page. With beautiful writing, and astonishing character and action. It is very critically a fast paced Hunger Games, though not as gory and heart breaking.
Ben Hardy
This book is quite outstanding. On the outside the book seems like it would seem to aim towards children, as it is about the size of a childrens chapter book, and even the art seems to have it aimed towards children. The main characters are eleven years old, to add to it. So, I approached this book with caution. This isn't a typical book for me to pick up. I figured, it's a small book, I haven't been reading that much lately, so why not use this to get me back into reading. I have to say that th ...more
Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1)
By Brandon Mull
Genrre- Childrens
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
I really liked the book Wild Born because it has a lot of action and adventure, which I like, but it jumped right into the action within the first four chapters, which was a bit annoying, because I needed some more time to settle into Abeke, Conor, Meilin and Rollan’s ways first. I feel that I should get to know the characters more before they dive into war. Otherwise, It was great. It’s about how these four kids summon Great Beasts as spirit animals, which nobody is supposed to do, and how they ...more

I don't know what it is, if I'm honest. But I think it's the animals that draw more in, and the just... darn, this is a BAD review. Let's say if you like fantasy, magic, younger animal books, this is your dream.

Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)

It wasn't a bad book, but it is very, very young, and oh my god, I almost couldn't get through it, it is so ridiculously boring.
Sarah Stevens
This series has everything going for it in terms of marketing: famous children's/YA authors, slick site, fast release schedule, corresponding computer game. Although I wasn't thrilled with the 39 Clues series, this sounded like something my kids would like, so I requested them from our library.

But the series just doesn't have any pull - for me OR my kids. Aside from the fact that the whole series structure seems gimmicky (it never feels right when it is a publisher's idea instead of an author's)
(This review may contain spoilers).

The idea behind this book wasn't very unique, but it was still interesting enough to keep and hold my attention.

Often, when fiction has teams of heroes, I find that there are stereotypes that are stuck to. Although that came across a little bit in this, I felt that it wasn't hugely stereotypical and it was good to see the different characters and how they worked together.

I did think that parts of this story were a bit simplified. The world was interesting and t
A beginning to a new fantastic children's series. Edras is a world very very similar to Earth with Amaya being the Americas, Eura being Europe, Zhong being Asia, Nilo being Africa, and Stetrioe being Australia. Four children find that they are bonded with amazingly powerful spirit animals, but that happening cues the coming of a foretold evil. The children must do their best to prepare themselves for the oncoming war and choose which side they'll support.

The writing is fast and extremely easy t
Shouldn't really give it a star rating, I suppose, since I couldn't make it past page 33. I didn't like his last book, and I'd never have picked this one up if two of my favourite authors weren't writing the next two books in the series.

So what happens in the first three chapters? A boy who shows no spark of predator summons a Wolf. A girl who can catch prey during the drought (her logic seems sound) is told off by her Dad for plot purposes, apparently, because in a real drought you don't have
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
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 bat ...more
In the world of Erdas people can have a spirit animal. Usually when a child turns eleven-years-old they are able to drink a sip of Nectar of Ninanni that a Greencloak offers them. Some of those who sip the Nectar are able to reveal a spirit animal who bonds with them. Connor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan are from four different parts of Erdas…but they all have produced animals. And not just any animals, the four fallen animals: Briggan the Wolf, Uraza the Leopard, Jhi the Panda, and Essix the Falco ...more
Angela Oliver
A simple and fast-paced series with a diverse cast of characters and an interesting world mythos that is rather reminscient of Pokemon.

I'm never sure, with these shared-world series on how any one author can get to know the characters well, but then again, I suppose it is just like fanfiction in a way. The more you read, the better you know them.

Enjoyable and easy to recommend to animal/fantasy lovers aged about 9/10+.
Definately a younger book, the writing is a bit clunky and the characters are a bit simplistic. But it is also a lot of fun, and draws a lot of tension for, how when you are a kid, you just have to trust what people are saying to you. You have no way of checking it, they could be lying— you never know.
My kids are really enjoying this series. They know many of the authors from the other books they have written and look forward to each new book in the series. Brandon Mull does a great job establishing the story and giving it a great jumping off place. I consider these easy, mind candy reads for my kids and keep them reading even when they would rather be playing minecraft. We look forward to more in the series.
I want to give this one a 2.5 but I do know that it's better than that. I just wasn't into it today.

It's well-written, fairly twisty, and a good start to what I'm guessing will be around a 4-book series. There are some obvious moments but the character development is well done and I think there are a lot of good points. Young readers will probably not make the comparisons I did to His Dark Materials or even Harry Potter a little, with the Horcrux hunt.

But, as I said, a solid start to a new serie
Awesome! can't wait to see more!
It was okay
Brittany Estefania
Within our lifetime, we read many many books. And within that plethora of books, we find a book that leaves us with a strange feeling after we've finished. Whether that feeling is suspense, success or glee, it stays with us forever. Wild Born by Brandon Mull was one of those books, for me. With it's riveting plot, and wonderful detail, this book will be on of those that will live on in my memory.

Our story begins with the introduction of one of the four main protagonists, Conor. Much like the ot
Libby Ames
In the world of Erdas, eleven-year-old children participate in a special ceremony. They drink a magical nectar to discover if they will bond with a spirit animal. However, when four children summon the legendary four fallen spirit beasts, many take it as a sign. According to prophesy, the return of the four fallen also signifies the return of the Devourer—an evil spirit beast and his followers. These four children and their spirit animals are now bound to protect Erdas from the returning evil.

Un grand merci à Babelio et aux éditions Bayard pour l’envoi de ce sympathique livre jeunesse qui nous relate les aventures exceptionnelles de quatre enfants et de leurs animaux totems. En effet, dans le monde d’Erdas, certains enfants chanceux, lors de leur passage à l’âge adulte à 11 ans, peuvent faire apparaître leur animal totem grâce à un mystérieux nectar. C’est ce qui va arriver à Conor, Abeke, Meilin et Rollan. Cependant, leur surprise est de taille lorsqu’ils se rendent compte que ces a ...more
Conor heeft een belangrijke dag voor de boeg. Hij is net twaalf geworden, en dat is de leeftijd waarop hij de nectarceremonie moet ondergaan. Elk kind dat twaalf is, moet de nectar drinken en proberen een ‘spirit animal’, oftewel een totemdier, op te roepen. Omdat niemand in zijn familie een totemdier heeft, gaat hij ervan uit dat hij er ook geen zal krijgen. Al lijkt het hem wel heel leuk om een herdershond als totem te krijgen, want hij is de zoon van een schaapherder. Als hij een wolf oproept ...more
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"Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy ...more
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