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Wild Born

(Spirit Animals #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  15,808 ratings  ·  1,411 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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Ahmad Sharabiani
Wild Born (Spirit Animals, #1), Brandon Mull
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.
عنوان: روح حیوانی کتاب اول : زاده ی وحش؛ حیوانات درون کتاب اول : رام نشدنی؛ نویسنده: براندون (براندن) مول؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوم ماه می سال 20
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
2 Stars

(P: Poor)

page 0-70: interesting
page 190-210: good
in between: boring.

40% like

I didn't realized till now,
is this actually the book I'm looking for too!?
the plot says so. (it sounds like Digimon, omg nostalgia!)
please be! please be!

well, it wasn't even close.
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
My kiddo's choice for bedtime story. And that's why I'm reading it, ok?!
(*putting off the light cause the kids are asleep and settling back down with the kindle cause she needs to see who gets that fourth spirit animal*)
I just love Brandon Mull's stories...
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
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I am a fan of brandon mull. His writing is simple and enjoyable. It was same here. This is a childrens fantasy novel. Nothing more nothing less.
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
~*Follow all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~

Wild Born is the first in the Spirit Animals middle-grade series (complete with the online game), written by a line-up of amazing writers who have already made their stamp in the world of either MG or YA. I just happened to walk by the series on the shelf at my local library and stopped, attracted by the pretty spines (yes, I'm shallow sometimes). Then I realized that Brandon Mull (Fablehaven series), Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle), and a
Sarah Stevens
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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)
Sean Williams
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My rating might be slightly biased. :-)
Jan 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
Naofumi Iwatani (from The Rising of The Shield Hero) ☯ (ヅ) ꧁꧂✨ ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡   ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
when I had first read this, I couldn't read it fast enough, but now that I read it again, I can't help to ask myself, what the hell was I thinking??
Addy S.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book!! I was excited to finally get to read it.

Violence: definitely some in this area. Minor details of someone getting killed, a good bit of fighting
Romance: none!
Language: clean

I’m glad that this book was clean! Would recommend to ages as young as 9. No language, romance, and just a small amount of violence.

I loved the whole idea with spirit animals. Each of the characters are unique and talented! There is a huge cliffhanger at the end... and I’m so sad I don’t own the
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Oooookay, I'll just give the second book a chance and if it is still not to my liking enough, then bye bye.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was too childish for me, and it's unfitting because I believe this book isn't for children lol
It's not geared towards adults either, I would say between 10-18 which is a pretty small window.

It's not for adults for obvious reasons lol but it's not for kids because the vocabulary is pretty thick! Assemblage, pageantry, mews, rove, morsel, rondavel etc. And at parts it gets pretty violent and gruesome. AND the book starts off with so many characters even just in the first chapter childr
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Wild Born - 4 Stars This is as really great adventure book. It's been on my Arc list for a while and I'm glad I finally gave it a chance. Each character has their own unique attributes. Rollan is shifty but funny and ready to jump into action. Conor is going to be the brave one who holds everyone's morals up and keeps them honest. Meilin is kind of a bitch to Jhi but I almost see that she's had a lot of pressure on her from her father on her to succeed. Abeke is still kind of a mystery, but she' ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nerdy Birdy
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how this series has bypassed my attention for almost two years. It is one of the greatest portrayals of adventure books I've ever come across. The characters, the plot, the world building were all spectacular. I was drawn in by Nicola Barber's voice and loved every second of my experience. This series is supremely underrated. I know that I've only read the first book, but I truly believe the rest of the books in the Spirit Animals series are going to be amazing. I do worry though be ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a world where everyone at the age of 11 must drink of the spirit elixir. At that age, they will get their spirit animal. Not all children receive one however. This is the story of 4 children that get their spirit animals. But now just any animals. The Cheetah, the Panda, the Hawk and the Wolf of legend all come to children this year. The return of these animals means that there will be great unrest in the world. A great evil is coming back. Each child will be able to call on the strength ...more
Kyleigh M
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wild Born is the first book in the series Spirit Animals. I loved this book even though there was a lack of action in the beginning. Wild Born is about four kids who summon the four fallen great beasts that lost their lives when they defeated a villain many years back. People are shocked to find that they aren't dead and that they become four 11-year-olds spirit animals and wonder why the four fallen are back. The storyline is great and I will continue to read the series.
Nicole (betweenendpages)
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a request from one of my 6th grade students, and I’m thoroughly impressed! I think it’s a wonderful children’s book — with satisfying action, character growth, and an interesting plot! I’m glad she suggested I read it, and I’m happy to read the rest of the series!
Anna Mcallister
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
We read this book at night together, and this was a book that all 4 of the boys wanted to listen to together, recently we've been dividing up with Grant reading to the little boys and me reading to the older boys, so it was nice to find a book everyone was interested in.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
You want to know what your getting into before you do it(not that you shouldn't read the book before you know about it).
Alyssa Nelson
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wild Born is the first of a middle-grade fantasy series where at 11, children drink nectar to see if they can call a spirit animal to be their companion. At the start of the story, however, children start calling The Great Beasts, who are more than just spirit animals. They were the original warriors in a battle that happened long ago to protect the world from evil. It looks as though that dark force is rising up and this group of children have to band together to stop it once again.

I was not ex
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Erika B. (SOS 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
Alley Kat
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Brandon Mull's latest novel, he manages to yet again creates a new world full of magic and beauty. In Wild Born, four young kids separated by vast distances must join together. They drank their nectar, offered to all kids who are of age, and each summoned a Spirit Animal. But these where the Four Fallen, Great Beasts of legend.

I have been a fan of Brandon Mull since his Fablehaven books hit shelves. I have enjoyed all three of his series to the fullest extent and I was happy, but not surprise
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved all of the Spirit Animals books. I am anxiously waiting the next book to come out.

My favorite character was obviously Meilin. She had that tough-girl attitude with sarcasm on the side, which I absolutely loved. However she also had a soft side to her heart.

Meilin wants loyalty in her friends--she wants to be able to trust them.

Spirit Animals is where four Great Beasts become spirit animals to four young children. The kids team up with the local Greencloaks to save the world from the De
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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 S ...more

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