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Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,186 ratings  ·  470 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
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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...more
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 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...more
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...more
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
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...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
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...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.

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)...more
(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...more
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...more
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
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.
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...more
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.
Bridget Broyles
Awesome! can't wait to see more!
I am attempting to write my own young adult fantasy novel, so I wanted to see what was newer in the genre. I thought the first book of this series was surprisingly well-written, after having just read the first Percy Jackson novel and been disappointed by it. I liked the character development, and the way each central character was introduced separately into the narrative. I definitely have a soft spot for Conor, and I feel like that character is intentionally written that way. I think all of th...more
Why didn't I love this? Is it because I am a bit strung out on cold medicine? (I read this to preview it for Madam, and to keep current as this series has had a low-level buzz at work.) I really enjoy this author's other work; that wasn't the issue here--I was going into the series with expectations quite high! And yet, and yet... I had to keep on forcing myself to read the blasted book.

The bad: No bad language. No kissy-kissy. No racism. Tiny bit of class-ism. Bit of violence (after all, a war...more
This was a very colorful book that I really loved. It’s about Conor, Meilin, Abeke and Rollan, four children who have summoned four animals from legend to fight an evil from legend. In their world, called Erdas, all eleven year olds are required to drink the Nectar of Ninani to reveal if they have the potential to summon a spirit animal. If they do, an animal will appear, giving them a special bond that allows them to access their spirit animals powers such as running fast, jumping high, agility...more
Richard (Rick)
This was an excellent start to what seems like a great series for young folks. I enjoyed listening to it too on a long car ride with the kids, although the story takes too long to get into the main plot, focusing a lot of time early on the four different characters and how they earned their spirit animals. The magic system is a fun one---when kids turn 11, they go through a ceremony where they drink a special nectar. If they are "chosen" they receive a spirit animal that attaches to them and gra...more
Deepak Fox
Jul 17, 2014 Deepak Fox rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: buy it and not give up on reading it.
Recommended to Deepak by: My friend, Abhirupan.
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It is a really good book, it gives a nice impression using the cover.
The story is about Conor,Rollan,Mei,and Abeke who unite to beat another evil side.They have three animals,Briggan,a wolf,Essix,a Gyrfalcon,Jhi,a panda, and Uraza, a leopard.
Rollan and his Gyrfalcon are definitely my favorite characters, because of thier attitude and I like birds....
It gets damn thrilling and good when a fight starts of(my favorite one was Uraza and Abeke running and fighting with the overgrown monstrous dog in...more
Klaudia Janek

Author (Last name first): Mull, Brandon
Title of the Book: Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1)
Publisher: Scholastic Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN# 978-054522439
Price: $12.99 Grade Level: Upper El/Middle Number of Pages: 224
VOYA Rating: 3Q 4P

This is the first book of a new series along the same lines of the 39 Clues books. This first book is written by Brandon Mull and he sets the series up by introducing the characters and the setting. Conor is a sheep herder, who bond...more
I wonder if my grandchildren have read this series? I think it is well written and I'll be recommending it to them. I was drawn in by the various authors writing the books in the series, including some of my favorites like Maggie Stiefvater and Shannon Hale. I've never read anything by Brandon Mull, who writes this first book in the Spirit Animals series, but he has done a great job and made me want to read other things he has written.

Four 11-year-olds from widely different nations on the world...more
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...more
"The Great Beasts have been out of sigh for a long time. We honor the Fallen on our flags, we paint pictures, we build statures, we tell stories, but for most people, the Great Beasts belong to a time long past."

When they turn 13, every child has a chance to drink the nectar and summon a spirit animal to be their companion. This has never been more important. The Devourer is on the rise and there are rumors of war. In fact, Meilin sees with her own eyes the invasion of her country.

Conor, a shep...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
More about Brandon Mull...
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