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The Visitor (Animorphs #2)

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Morphing is certainly more fun than Sega -- you can soar as an eagle and walk as a cat. But being an ANIMORPH is by no means just fun and games. Rachel knew better than anyone. One of her best friends, Melissa, is acting very strange. And it looks like Melissa's dad, who is also the school's Assistant Principal, may be connected to evil aliens. Rachel can't tell Melissa wh ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 175 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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It's weird that what struck me the most about this second book in the series after reading it for the first time in lo these many years is how small everything feels. As the series goes on, every book features our young heroes taking on bigger challenges with more and more devastating consequences, but here, the mission is small, and Rachel's goals even smaller. It's emotionally intimate.

The Visitor is Rachel's first POV book. Rachel is the beautiful, fashion-conscious one, but she's much more t
Arya *Bibliomaniac!* Fraser Stark
Despite the short read and maturity level...I am....

Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Picking up where the first installment left off, this book has a great subplot involving Rachel's friend (and Chapman's daughter) Melissa. Minor continuity thing I noticed: Cassie at one point tells Rachel she has four morphs -- "more than any of us". But didn't Jake, by this point, have four already? Dog, tiger, lizard, and falcon? *side-eyes Cassie*
Ben Babcock
We continue my epic re-read of the Animorphs series with book 2, because I’m boring and read series in order, OK?

Animorphs resembles an after-school kids show: each book is like an episode of the show in which the kids have an adventure while learning an important life lesson. In The Invasion the lesson was, “Yes, your principal is an alien bent on enslaving humanity.” The Visitor is about the harsh effects of marital strife on children and their friendships.

We are eternally indebted to The Inva
Jennifer Rayment
May 02, 2011 Jennifer Rayment rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jake's Review: There was a little too much talking and not enough action in this one, I think maybe because it was narrated by a girl. (Mom's note: points for knowing the word narrated, smack upside the head for the sexist comment). There was lots of funny and gross stuff which I liked. Liked the part where Jake turns into a lion. I don't like the Taxxon dudes because they are super scary. I think this would be awesome if they remade it into a movie or TV show -- not like the old one you showed ...more
Dichotomy Girl
Mar 14, 2016 Dichotomy Girl rated it really liked it
I liked Rachel's voice, and I thought this book did a good job exploring some of the issues and difficulties of not being able to trust anyone, being affected by becoming different animals, and the wider impact of this hidden war.
Jan 10, 2016 Nikki rated it really liked it
I love Rachel so it was cool to get in her head, but to be honest the second book REALLY should be Tobias's story. I mean, he's just gone through some uh, changes and he seems too well adjusted and it isn't touched on enough. (I'm guessing the publishers wanted the second one to be one of the girls' POV because the first one was Jake's...)

Anyway, that said this book is a good follow up. It breaks my heart a little bit when the story explores what happens to people who get taken over by a yeerk.
Jun 26, 2016 Cameron rated it really liked it
In which Rachel turns into a kitty-cat.

Awwww! So cute! Also, this series is awesome.
Mar 05, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel book! The Chapmans are heartbreaking, as this starts to delve into the human cost of the invasion, the small picture rather than the big picture -- also the start of getting to know Rachel's bravery and recklessness. I still love how they're all just floundering around at the start like this. And I love, love, love how hilariously into cats Visser Three is. HE IS SO CHARMED BY THEM. OF COURSE THE SUPERVILLAIN WOULD LOVE CATS.

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Despair Speaking
Please read my review of The Invasion (the book before this) in order to understand my strange obsession with pics that involve Shakespeare and everything in general.

The Visitor is now in Rachel's POV. It was an interesting change and I had wondered how the author would do when she changes POV. In my opinion, she did well and I really thought I was seeing through Rachel's eyes. The desire to shut Marco up and hopefully beat him up was consistent.

She listens to Jake well enough and she respects C
Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
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In Book #2: The Visitor, the Animorphs decide to infiltrate the suburban home of one of Visser Three’s top-ranked Controllers, Assistant Principal Chapman, using the family cat as a morph. It’s a genius move: after all, who would suspect a kid can turn into a cat? Well, no one except for a race of parasitic slugs bent on taking over the galaxy, that’s all.

When I first read this book, I was ten years old. I’d had no experience in reading a series where even
Jun 26, 2012 Erica rated it it was amazing
I think this could have been my favourite Animorphs book when I was little. It was probably because my favourite animal/pet was a cat back then. When I read the Animorphs series, for one thing I still haven't read all the books because I haven't been able to find them :( Someday I would like to find all the books and read them, but in the mean time, I'll talk about this book. I loved it. Personally, I think all the Animorph book were similair, in that they were all exciting, were well written an ...more
Jul 04, 2016 Trin rated it liked it
I listened to The Worst Bestsellers' episode on the Animorphs series and now I'm trapped on the nostalgia train!

It's a pretty fun train, though.

Edit: I realized as I was proudly entering this into my booklog that this is the second book called The Visitor that I've read this year (the other, as you can see from clicking that link, was rather different). Contemplating that made me wonder -- why the heck is this installment called The Visitor anyway? The plot of this one mostly has to do with Rach
Sep 02, 2011 Lymsleia rated it liked it
Back in the day, this was actually the first Animorphs book I bought and read. I have no idea why, as I I was (and am) a bit obsessive about always reading/playing/watching the first instalment of a series first, but in any case, Rachel was the one who introduced me to Andalites, Yeerk and the idea of turning into a kitty - or a shrew.

I don't know how often I read and reread the book as a young teen; I thought the scene towards the end with Chapman-the-human was very powerful. Rereading it now,
Lyn Tan
Dec 14, 2011 Lyn Tan rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book at all.

Firstly, the information the Animorphs (Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias and Marco) obtained in this book was not even relevant to their mission! It didn’t help them in any way! They risked their lives just to find out something to appease their curiosity!

Secondly, Marco’s “I don’t want to do this” attitude did not improve, yet why did he still risk his life by joining the other four in dangerous adventures? Why didn’t he just go back to his normal life and forget
Aug 05, 2014 Swankivy rated it it was amazing
In this book, Rachel investigates the house of one of the enemies' leaders. It's thrilling to watch these kids slowly start to digest what is happening in their world and being strong enough to take steps to get involved, at their own great risk.

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

In this book, Marco reveals that one of his sore spots is the fact that he is short.

Later on in the series, Rachel is the most reckless and risk-taking member of the group, but in these early books she does seem to st
Dec 29, 2009 Nikki rated it really liked it
The second Animorphs book is narrated by Rachel, who was one of my favourite characters when I was younger. I'm not sure how much I buy all her protestations that it's what's in your head that matters or whatever, for the characterisation of a pretty teenage girl who doesn't even realise her second best friend is going through hell... But I guess I did buy it when I was younger. Rachel's kinda ideal, really, as a character to relate to -- her family isn't perfect, her parents are divorced, so sh ...more
Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie
The second book in the Animorphs series is told from the point of view of Rachel (who I think I preferred seeing from Jake's point of view over being in her head). It centres around the Animorphs trying to get more information from the vice principal (who's a Controller [someone who's being controlled by a Yeerk]), mostly by Rachel morphing into his pet cat and following him around his house.

I didn't like this one as much as the first one, simply because it didn't feel like it had a full plot. I
Oct 08, 2013 Amantha rated it liked it
This book was a lot of running around to no real purpose. I mean, I get it: these kids still have no idea what they're doing, they're way out of their depth, and yeah they're not exactly brilliant tacticians or anything. So their early plans are bound to go awry. I just didn't remember how much they couldn't get their shit together to start with. I guess there's a reason I didn't reread the early books very often as a kid. They just weren't as good as the ones in the teens and twenties.

I did lov
Tim Davis
Apr 17, 2012 Tim Davis rated it liked it
I am sorry to say this, but I did not enjoy this 2nd book in the Animorphs series as much as I enjoyed the 1st one. The Visitor seemed to move more slowly than The Invasion. For example (on Kindle) at 24%, Rachel conceives the idea of morphing into Fluffer (a cat that belongs to Mr. Chapman's daughter), but it takes to 35% before they catch Fluffer. Nothing very exciting happens between 24% and 35%; in fact, nothing very exciting happens up to 24%. In this 2nd book, Applegate seems to save the a ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Lora rated it really liked it
Rachel is my favourite now, which is funny because when I started it as a kid I didn't like her. Blah blah pretty blah blah brave blah blah perfect, ugh who cares. Ha ha ha. Somehow I missed the aggression and the danger-highs ("you get off on the danger!" Marco accuses, something that compleeeetely went over my head at age 10 or whatever) and how much she cares even though everyone is surprised when it comes up. Rachel's relationship with Melissa is really touching.

My favourite part, though, is
Matt Mazenauer
Nov 30, 2015 Matt Mazenauer rated it really liked it
Solid, very tense. This series excels at conveying the stress of their beleaguered situation. The kids are still figuring things out, including strategy, motivations and 'work'/life balance. I appreciate that there's an emotional subplot of Rachel comparing how she imagined a loss of love when her parents divorced to a child whose parents are both controllers. Also kudos for some very casual preaching on good points for teens. "Those fools who starve themselves for gymnastics" and Rachel remembe ...more
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Jan 27, 2011 JY (Jennifer) rated it liked it
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Apr 29, 2015 Olivia.Baux rated it it was amazing
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I thought the book was extrordinary!It is full of action!It started out with 5 kids. They were given powers by the prince Andalite because he was about to die. The powers were that they could collect a DNA from any animal they touched.But they could only stay in that form for 2 hours or else they were trapped in that body forever.

The animorphs enemy was Viser Three.The pricibale(Chapman) was one of the important ones that was once a normal human being but his brain was stollen by another thing
Feb 28, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
Continuing my re-read of a beloved series from childhood, we come to book two. I really appreciate Applegate's ability to switch narrators: book one was Jake, now we have Rachel, and as we go on other Animorphs chime in. That's tough to do, but it makes the characters very solid in Applegate's mind, which helps them solidify in mine as the reader. So it was fun to go for the ride with spunky, sparky Rachel and see what she thought about things.
I also really like this one because, having set up t
Julie Decker
Aug 05, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was amazing
Rachel and the Animorphs want to gather information about the location of the evil Yeerks' life-sustaining Kandrona, so they can destroy it and deal a blow to their enemies. Rachel, having been long-time friends with the daughter of a man whose controlling Yeerk has a high rank, decides to try to use her affiliation to facilitate her spying. She ends up morphing into her friend's cat, where she overhears that Visser Three is still searching for them, thinking they are "Andalite bandits." She gat ...more
Alan Gilfoy
Jun 29, 2014 Alan Gilfoy rated it it was amazing
"Keeps up the pace, even more impact, cool moments"

The group flight was a great bit of using morph for reasons besides fighting Yeerks. The scene of dealing with Chester and his friend was just plain funny, darn rednecks got what they had coming.

Issue in acquiring a morph, rather than using it, was something new (although this is only book 2)

Chapman's conversation with Visser Three was some great background on the Yeerks, including their naming system. Visser Three commenting on Earth animals wa
Apr 25, 2014 Noella rated it really liked it
The Animorphs gang decide they need to gather more information through spying on their assistant principal, Mr Chapman, a Yeerk Controller. Rachel goes undercover as Fluffer McKitty, the household pet, to uncover more of Visser Three's plan for the world. In order to obtain Fluffer's DNA in order to morph, Rachel first morphs into a shrew to lure the real Fluffer down from a tree. It was very entertaining reading about the different thought processes and instincts Rachel had when she morphed int ...more
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Applegate was born in Michigan in 1956. Since then she has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she has moved back to Southern California. She has an eleven year old son named Jake Mates, although she says the Animorph leader is not named after him. In 2003 she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many p ...more
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Animorphs (1 - 10 of 54 books)
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  • The Encounter (Animorphs, #3)
  • The Message (Animorphs, #4)
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