The editor of Spirit Animals speaks…and reveals the first book cover!

Guest Blogger
Mar 25, 2013
Hi On Our Minds Readers, I’m Zack Clark, the lucky editor of Scholastic’s fantastic new multiplatform series, Spirit Animals, launching this September. You might remember hearing about it in this previous OOM post about the series, or in these announcements in Publishers Weekly and USA Today. 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 a world that’s very different from our own – the world of Erdas. And two, these books pair kids with spirit animals – a rare and mystical bond between human and animal that gives some incredible powers to both. The four main characters of the series, kids who couldn’t be more different from each other, all discover that they have this special spirit animal bond. But before they can get too excited about their new animals, disaster strikes. A ruthless conqueror has appeared seemingly from nowhere, and he’s ravaging whole cities with terrifying speed. He’s called the Devourer, and he’s tied to an ancient legend about four heroes who once sacrificed themselves to stop a great evil. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the hands of these four kids . . . and on you. Spirit Animals is not just a book series; it’s also a breathtaking action-role playing game, where players can create their own customized characters and choose their spirit animals, then join a worldwide order dedicated to protecting Erdas. They can train and bond with their animals, and go on quests to help the book characters save the world. The series has been mapped out by fantasy superstar author Brandon Mull, who has created a rich and detailed world that kids and adults alike are going to want to dive into, both in the books and the game. I am so thrilled to be able to finally reveal the cover for the first book, Wild Born, written by Brandon. Not only is this book one of the most fun and exciting reads I’ve worked on, the cover is really magnificent. I’ll leave you with a question everyone at Scholastic has been asking themselves as we gear up for the September 10, 2013 release of the first book: What’s your spirit animal?