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The Visitor (Animorphs #2)

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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  4,552 ratings  ·  109 reviews
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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Jennifer Rayment
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
Erica
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
Lymsleia
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,
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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
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Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
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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
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Nikki
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
JY (Jennifer)
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Julie Decker
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
"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
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Noella
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
Dolly
Aug 03, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older children who enjoy sci-fi stories
This is the second book in the Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate. After reading the first book and posting my review here on Goodreads, I realized that the series has a ton of books - more than 50.

Our oldest picked up the first book in the series at our local library and said that she really liked it, so we borrowed this one next. She never really got into this book, and in fact I don't think she even finished it. I'm okay with that, since I've found the books to be somewhat interesting, but v
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Pili
After the events in book one we have the 5 Animorphs reeling with Tobias plight and with the revelations of who all are working with the Yeerks, voluntarily or not. This one is on Rachel's POV and it made me love her character even more!

She's one strong and determined girl and one that doesn't like that anyone think that she can't do what others can do because she's a girl, and she's got quite some awesome sass in her.

The mission now for the Animorphs is trying to get intel and find out the new
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Merzo



Animorphs is a series involving 5 kids who receive a power from an alien (Andalite) to morph into any animal they touch, this power is being used to fight a different type of alien, the Yerks! Yerks are mind-controlling slugs set out on a mission to enslave the earth.

The visitor.
In this book the narrator is Rachel, the group decide for Rachel to turn in to the assistant principles cat to try spy on their assistant principle who is a controller(someone enslaved by a Yerk).but Rachel goes to deep
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Janelle Dazzlepants
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Tessa
Bien que ce soit une série très jeunesse de par son écriture, je trouve que le thème abordé est bien traité et pas franchement si jeune que ça.

Dès le début du premier tome nos héros font face à une invasion extraterrestre, à la mort et à une nouvelle vie. Vie qui sera complètement chamboulée. Chacun aborde le pouvoir et surtout la mission qu’on leur a donné de façon différente et même s’ils sont cinq, ils se distinguent les uns des autres: chef, peureux, orphelin, courage et passion (non ce ne s
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Trent
These are the kind of books I hope my kids have (when I finally have kids, of course). I didn't get the chance to read Animorphs as a kid, and I'm not entirely sure why. I watched the show, and the premise is absolutely intriguing to me. It's just one of those things that didn't happen until now.

The Visitor is a fairly easy read with plenty of excitement along the way. When I finished this book, I actually had to go back and downgrade my rating for the previous installment in the series. I thoug
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Parikhit
Science fiction and I would be an abstract artists muse for I have never read one and detest reading one even. Irrespective of the prejudice that I bear against science fiction I challenged myself to gracefully accept the daunting task of reading one and I was flabbergasted that I enjoyed reading ‘Animorphs’.

Two books in the Animorph series were gifts in high school and they lay browning inside my box of books. Pitying their fate I doubtfully began reading and was hooked with a pinch of shame-r
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Fry
Read this and more at Romancing the Laser Pistol.

This was the first Animorph book I picked up as a kid. Well, technically, my Grandma had picked up the first three for me to read on a drive from Illinois to Minnesota. This was the first one I picked out of the pile. Why? The main character has my name, and there's a cat on the cover. As a preteen, I was fascinated by cats and horses, probably because I had neither.

Rachel was my first foray into the world of the Animorphs. Everything she said mad
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Lyn Tan
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
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Swankivy
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
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Tanvi
This book's got a whole lot of interesting material. Rachel’s waning friendship with Melissa Chapman, and the seemingly uncaring behaviour of the Chapman parents towards their daughter, are food for thought.

But, as others have pointed out, this rather defeats the purpose of Controllers acting normal. Applegrant's "Controllers could be anyone!" point is belaboured when it's necessary for the plot and ignored or outright flouted when it isn't. But this was only their second book, so I'm willing t
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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
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Adam
Nov 22, 2009 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids, Kids at heart, Young Sci-fi fans
Shelves: animorphs
This series makes me paranoid.

I've started reading it again because I've, once again, ran out of reading material that is easy to pick up and remains entertaining.

I didn't read the first one over, because I traded it for the first Harry Potter book (a pretty fair trade if I do say so myself), and I didn't feel like reading it in French. Luckily I remember the story pretty well, and the characters enjoy reminiscing about the night. Ordinarily I would probably be annoyed at that, but it's actually
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Amantha
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
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Kmaefantasy
Jun 16, 2014 Kmaefantasy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4th-5th graders who enjoy alien invasions and alternate universes
After the astounding death of Elfangor the Andalite, this book follows the original's lead, but in a different character's point of view. Instead of Jake's (the leader+from the first book) point of view, it is the fearless Rachel's. The point of view switch off through out the series. Anyway, it is a very interesting book for a good light read series. But I found nothing TOO interesting or hooking in this book or the rest of the series.
Bonesy
Jul 29, 2011 Bonesy added it
In this book, we get a look at the series from Rachel's perspective. Like Jake, she is a relatable character. While everyone describes her as this model-type girl who kicks butt, reading from her perspective makes her seem more normal and not too much like the stereotype her friends describe her as. We also get a look at what she was like before becoming an Animorph by introducing her old best friend, Melissa. Rachel morphs into Melissa's cat to find out what's going on; it's clear that she care ...more
Timothy Davis
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
J.N.
I've decided to re-read this series since I now have them all in one form or another. I remember this one being one of my favorites when I was a kid because it was A) The first one I read; and B) I have always adored cats.

The writing style was good for the grade level and even at my age, I still enjoyed it. The characters for the most part are unique and likable. I think Cassie is my favorite. Then Tobias. Jake is probably the character I like the least because he's bland.

I liked Rachel's POV b
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Eliana Lima
Well I don't think I will be writing a review for ALL of these books because I think they'll pretty much have all the same pros and cons. This book was just as enjoyable as the last one. The only complaint I have is that the ending wasn't as epic as it was in the first book. I don't think I've ever read a series as long as this one that has a continuous plot (instead of being episodic) and the pacing seems like it might suffer a little but whatever. It's still all very fun to read.

Most disturbi
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Sarah
(This may contain spoilers).

I got the first four books originally altogether from school - with one of those book fair catalogues. I couldn't ever decide which of the guys was my favourite character, but Rachel was probably my favourite female character.

It was interesting to see Rachel through her own eyes. In Jake's book, she comes across as this really strong, fearless character (like Xena). But in her own book, she's much more human. And it's interesting to see how sure of himself Jake comes
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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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