A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Clash of Beasts is the third and final installment in Lisa McMann's Going Wild series, which involves a group of 12-year-olds with animal superpowers and their adult allies in a quest to stop a villain bent on destroying humanity as we know it. Along the way there's a lot of violent combat, mostly involving humans with animal powers and/or enhancements (the platypus' poison spikes get a lot of action). Strong messages about using your powers for good, making difficult choices, and showing kindness and empathy. Lots about science, DNA, genetics, and unexpected consequences in the lab. Along the way, one or two characters who have taken a wrong turn in life now take a different path, and their struggles are part of the story (one of them is dealing with her parents' messy divorce). The kids put their powers to work helping clear up hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and visit assorted tourist spots in Mexico.
What's the story?
After rescuing her imprisoned father and his fellow scientists at the end of Book 2, 12-year-old Charlie Wilde, her friends Mac and Maria, and their animal superpowers get no rest. Arch-villain Dr. Gray is still at large with his human-animal hybrid soldiers and his plan to transform the whole human race into more of the same. Meanwhile, their onetime friend Kelly has gone over to Dr. Gray's side and is beginning to regret it.
Is it any good?
Lisa McMann brings her superpowered-tweens trilogy to an exciting conclusion, with disaster relief in Puerto Rico and lots of great new powers from obscure animals. Told in two alternating threads (Charlie and her friends' story is on white pages, Kelly's on black pages with white type), the page-turning plot of Clash of Beasts reaches a perilous, thrilling climax on an island in Mexico, as the villainous Dr. Gray and his hybrid minions seek to transform the human race into an "improved" version.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the kids' superpowers in Clash of Beasts. Why do you think stories where people get new, unusual powers from other species are so popular? Do you have any favorites?
Of all the animal powers that have come up in the Going Wild series, is there one that you really wish you had? What would you do differently if you had it?
Have you ever had a situation where you did something wrong because it seemed like a good idea at the time, and then realized your error when you had more information? What did you do about it?
- Author: Lisa McMann
- Illustrator: Brandon Dorman
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Middle School, Science and Nature
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Harper
- Publication date: October 2, 2018
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 400
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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