Spirit Animals

What Is It?

A new multi-platform fantasy adventure series for readers ages 8-12.




Charisse Meloto
(212) 389-3785

About Spirit Animals

From the publisher of the bestselling The 39 Clues™ and Infinity Ring™ multi-platform series, Spirit Animals combines epic storytelling through seven books linked with a dynamic online game.

With Spirit Animals, Scholastic’s groundbreaking and innovative publishing program steps into the world of fantasy for the first time. Each book in the series includes a code that unlocks gameplay on www.spiritanimals.com

The series centers on the fantasy world of Erdas where children who come of age go through a ritual to determine if they have a “spirit animal,” a mystical bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. As their world crumbles, four children separated by vast distances discover they each have a spirit animal—a wolf, a leopard, a panda, and a falcon. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of these four young strangers. Suddenly their paths – and the world—have changed forever. Will it be enough to save a land in peril?

The multi-author series launches worldwide on September 10, 2013, with Book 1: Wild Born by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Mull who also created the story arc for the series. The second book in the series is written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater and will be published in January 2014.

See below for a complete list of Spirit Animals authors:

  • Book 1: Brandon Mull
  • Book 2: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Book 3: Garth Nix and Sean Williams
  • Book 4: Shannon Hale
  • Book 5: Tui T. Sutherland
  • Book 6: Eliot Schrefer
  • Book 7: Marie Lu


Media Coverage Highlights

  • Spirit Animals author Brandon Mull wins social media bet with authors James Dashner and Brandon Sanderson in Publishers Weekly (October 24, 2013)
  • Two real "spirit animals" visit Wild Rumpus bookstore during Brandon Mull's Spirit Animals national tour in Publishers Weekly (October 10, 2013)
  • Spirit Animals author Brandon Mull on giving kids animal powers on Bookish (September 30, 2013)
  • Fellow Spirit Animals author Shannon Hale joins Brandon Mull at the Provo City Library for the launch of Spirit Animals in Publishers Weekly (September 12, 2013)
  • Spirit Animals authors Brandon Mull and Shannon Hale discuss the new series on KUTV (September 10, 2013)
  • Author Brandon Mull and editor David Levithan discuss the launch of Spirit Animals in Deseret News (September 8, 2013)
  • Feature article on the launch of Spirit Animals in The Daily Herald (September 4, 2013)
  • Spirit Animals coverage at 2013 BookExpo America in PW BEA Show Daily (May 31, 2013)
  • Spirit Animals: Book 1: Wild Born cover revealed on Scholastic On Our Minds (March 25, 2013)
  • Spirit Animals announcement coverage in USA Today (January 10, 2013)
  • Series announcement coverage in Publishers Weekly (January 10, 2013)

Press Materials

Author Photos and Bios

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(Photo Credit: Angela Liddle)


Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven and Beyonders series. As a kid, he had a dog, a cat, a horse, some goldfish (won at a school carnival), and briefly a tarantula (captured in his neighborhood). He now lives in Utah with his wife, four kids, and the family dog.

(Photo Credit: Edward Stiefvater)


Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver Trilogy and THE RAVEN BOYS. She lives in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her husband, her two children, three dogs, two rats, one cat, a tank of fish, and two Miniature Silky Fainting Goats named General and Specific. She also has a 1973 Camaro named Loki which is her spirit animal.

(Photo Credit: Scott Westerfeld)


Garth Nix is the internationally bestselling author of many award-winning books, including The Abhorsen Trilogy, The Seventh Tower series, The Keys to the Kingdom series, and The Troubletwisters series (co-written with Sean Williams). Garth lives in Sydney, Australia with his family and two budgerigars, who entertain many visiting parrots, currawongs, and cockatoos, and pretend not to be home when the neighbor's cats come to call.

Sean Williams is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Twinmaker and co-author with Garth Nix of the Troubletwisters series. He lives in Adelaide, South Australia with his wife, two stepsons, and a charming pair of green tree frogs on loan from globe-trotting relatives.



(Photo Credit: Kelly Sansom)

  Shannon Hale is the New York Times bestselling author of The Goose Girl, Rapunzel's Revenge, Ever After High, and Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy. Her past pets include rabbits, birds, dogs, cats, lizards, and a snake who broke the world record for longevity. Currently her pets include four small children. She can be found herding them with her husband, author Dean Hale, somewhere in Utah.


(Photo Credit: Charles Eshelman)


Tui Sutherland is a Jeopardy! champion and the author of the bestselling dragon series Wings of Fire, the Menagerie trilogy, the Pet Trouble series, and three books in the bestselling Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). Right now she has just one dog (clearly her spirit animal, Sunshine), but growing up she had, at various times, piglets in the bathtub, shrieking monkeys in the backyard, and a kitten with super-villain plans. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and Sunshine.


(Photo Credit: Priya Patel)


Eliot Schrefer is the National Book Award Finalist author of ENDANGERED, about a girl surviving wartime in Congo with an orphaned ape at her side. His research for the books in his upcoming Great Ape Quartet have led him to a bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a boat trek through the jungles of Borneo. He once worked as a sea turtle research assistant and had many aquariums worth of fish while growing up, of which only the catfish ever survived.


(Photo Credit: Paul Gregory)


Marie Lu is the New York Times bestselling author of the LEGEND Trilogy. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in the video game industry as a Flash artist. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her fiancee, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and spends her time writing, reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic.


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