Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

Happy Wednesday!

First I get to tell you some happy news!


The winner of THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL (By Fowler DeWitt, see my review HERE) prize pack is…

Tina Cho!

YAY!!! Congratulations Ms. Cho! I will email you to get the address to send your prize to!

spiritanimalsSpirit Animals Book 1: Into the Wild

By Brandon Mull

224 pages – ages 8+

Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 10, 2013

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 battle – Briggan the Wolf, Uraza the Leopard, Jhi the Panda and Essix the Falcon. Together the four children and their Spirit Animals must stop the evil Devourer from destroying Erdas before it is too late!

When I first read about this new series by Scholastic I thought, “Okay so they are making another 39 Clues type series” (series of books written by different authors). When I read further I saw it was Brandon Mull (author of the Fablehaven and The Beyonders series) who was writing the first book (that got my interest). Brandon Mull is a great fantasy author. The books of his I’ve read gets me totally involved in the story. The Spirit Animals series is a fantasy series and Mr. Mull’s book in the series was the perfect start. I love his style of adding a bit of humor (like Conor is a sheep-herder and his Spirit Animal is a wolf – HA!) to a whole lot of action. The world of Erdas is described well and I liked learning about the new characters and their Spirit Animals. Conor was my favorite character in this book.  I think fans of The 39 Clues and fantasy books will love Wild Born, Book 1 of Spirit Animals!

Like The 39 Clues and The Infinity Ring, Spirit Animals has an online game.  The online game is a fantasy role-playing game where you choose a character and a Spirit Animal. You get to train your animal and go around and collect items and try to defeat animals infected with a poison called  “the Bile.” It plays well and is easy to use. My sister and I have both tried it out and we both agree it’s very cool.

Five out of five bookworms for Wild Born! fivebooks

To learn more about Brandon Mull and his books, please visit his website HERE.

To learn more about the Spirit Animals Series and online game, visit the official webpage HERE.


Now that you are done reading about this awesome book, why not hop on over to The Story Reading Ape’s blog where I am guest posting! I am interviewing myself over there. Click HERE to go THERE!

After you get done hopping to TSRA – check out Mother Daughter’s book Reviews where they are reviewing my book today! 🙂 Click HERE to go THERE!


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26 replies

  1. What a surprise, Erik! My daughter and I are very excited to have won the book! I’ll message u on Facebook w/my address. Thanks! And congrats on your newly published book. I still have to catch up and read all about it.

  2. PS. I guess I’ll give u my email here, Erik. tinamariecho@yahoo.com

  3. Congratulations Tina!

    Enjoyed the subject of this book — reminded me a bit of “The Compass.” Really sounds like a fascinating read and packed with action! Some day you are going to see your books printed by Scholastic:)

  4. I will have to check this book out! It sounds great! I am reading Fablehaven to my 5th graders now. They love it! Did you know that Brandon Mull and I rode the bus for a few years together when we were growing up? We lived less than a mile from each other and he said that he got the idea for Fablehaven from the woods behind his house. 🙂 I think he is a fabulous author! So glad you enjoyed this one and shared it.

    • NO WAY! The fact that you knew Mr. Mull when you were kids is amazing! 🙂 At book signings, he seems like a very nice guy! 😀 That’s cool that you know where Fablehaven came from! I think your class would like this book! 😀

  5. It reminds me of Power Rangers Jungle Fury that my son still watches on occassion. He might like this!

  6. Like Ms Tilton, this reminded me of The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman. It’s a book my girl Brenna read with me a long time ago. I think you would like it. These spirit animals sound pretty cool. Sometimes I think we have spirit animals that hang out at our house.

  7. Love the review. Am a little confused. Do I go here or there to read you reviewing yourself, which is also a tad confusing. Are you wiped out from writing and editing your book that you can’t make any sense? Here to there, there to here. I’ll try here first. 😀

  8. The kid on the Contagious Colors giveaway book – which I did not win, I thought we had a deal?? 🙂 Oh! Anyway, that kid looks like Mr. Paul R. Hewlett!

  9. The book cover looks great. Which reminds me, Erik. Are you also into Erin Hunter’s Warriors series? I’d love to know what you think of them.

    • Yes, I’ve read a lot of the Warriors series. I read the original series, 5 of the 6 books in The New Prophecy series, and 5 of the 6 of The Power of Three series. Because I read so many, I bet you get the idea that I like them!

  10. Actually, they didn’t all turn 11 on the same day. In fact, Rollan was already 11, almost 12, but he had never had the Nectar.

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