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Wild Born
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Wild Born
Spirit Animals Series, Book 1
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#1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Muller launches a brand-new multiplatrform phenomenon. 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.

#1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Muller launches a brand-new multiplatrform phenomenon. 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.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from January 27, 2014
    Set in the world of Erdas, this first book in Mull’s new series follows four young children who drink magical Nectar and discover that they have spirit animals—a wolf, a leopard, a panda, and a falcon. As Greencloaks (those in possession of spirit animals), the four children must band together to stop a dark force known as the Devourer that threatens Erdas once again. Expertly narrated by Barber, this audio edition transports listeners to a magical and dangerous world. Barber’s reading is surprisingly understated, but entirely effective. Her subtle characterizations are accurate, believable, and unique. Fun for both young and old, listening becomes a compulsion with Barber at the helm of this wild ride. Ages 8–12. A Scholastic hardcover.

  • AudioFile Magazine Nicola Barber provides an engaging narration of the first book in the Spirit Animals series. This book focuses on the children--Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan--who summon the Four Fallen as their spirit animals. The children come from very different parts of Erdas, and Barber provides each one with a distinct accent and cadence. Meilin and Abeke have more confidence, while the boys Conor and Rollan are portrayed with more hesitancy as they struggle to connect with their spirit animals. Barber portrays the Green Cloaks with more authority and sets up the next book in this series with a fine action scene. E.N. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2013

    Gr 4-7-Four very different 11 year olds in a fantasy world named Erdas are called to take the Elixir, a potion administered by the Greencloaks to determine whether the children have special powers and can summon an animal spirit. The ritual is something every child goes through between ages 11 and 12, but very few are successful. When Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan all summon rare and powerful animals, it is a sign that dark forces are about to threaten the stability of Erdas and that they will become part of the forces needed to respond. While the story starts a bit slowly and spends a fair amount of time introducing the protagonists, it picks up when Meilin's city is attacked and she is spirited away. From that point on, the fast-paced action will hold the attention of listeners. Nicola Barber does a stellar job of narrating Mull's tale (Scholastic, 2013). Her slight changes in inflection for each character contribute to the quality of the audiobook. This will be extremely popular in school and public library settings and especially useful for reluctant readers.-John R. Clark, Hartland Public Library, ME

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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