Hi, STACKS Readers!
I’m Zack, the lucky editor of Scholastic’s fantastic new multiplatform series, Spirit Animals, launching this September with the first book, Wild Born, by superstar fantasy author Brandon Mull.
This new series is a totally different kind of storytelling from our previous two hit multiplatform series, The 39 Clues and Infinity Ring, in a couple of ways. One, it’s an action-packed fantasy, set in a world that’s very different from our own, the world of Erdas. And two, these books pair kids with spirit animals, a rare bond between human and animal that gives some incredible powers to both.
Spirit Animals isn’t just a book series; it’s also a super-cool action role-playing game, where players can create their own customized heroes and choose their spirit animals. In the game, you’ll be able to train and bond with your animal, equip it with all kinds of cool armor, decorate your room however you want, and go on quests to help the book characters save the world.
Now, I’m a big fantasy fan myself, but the beauty of Spirit Animals is that you don’t have to be to get into these books. Brandon Mull has created a rich and detailed story that all kids are going to want to dive into, both in the books and the game.
Still skeptical? Just to prove what a great world this is, we’re including the first two chapters of Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born for you to read. Meet the characters, learn all about the mysterious spirit-animal bond, and come face to face with the dark threat looming over the world of Erdas. You’ll be hooked before you know it.
The series officially launches September 10, 2013 with Brandon Mull’s Wild Born, and subsequent books will be by an all-star team of adventure and fantasy legends, including Maggie Stiefvater, Garth Nix and Sean Williams, Shannon Hale, Tui T. Sutherland, Eliot Schrefer, and Marie Lu.
It’s going to feel like a long wait until September, but don’t worry, the game launches earlier! On August 13, visit SpiritAnimals.com to get your spirit animal and start the quest. In the meantime, I want you to be thinking about this very important question: What’s your spirit animal?
–Zack, Scholastic Editor