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Hunted: Spirit Animals, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Multiplatform series about magical beasts stays exciting.

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Maggie Stiefvater was a really good pick: Nothing flags in HUNTED after author Brandon Mull started the series with Wild Born; kids go from one adventure to the next smoothly. Stiefvater even adds some popping dialogue between the diverse characters -- Meilin and Rollan's sparring is particularly fun. But it's not mindless fun, as the characters also start to develop their more heroic qualities -- Meilin shines here as she starts to understand the balance her panda can bring to her psyche. Way to get deep. The only thing missing is more exploration of the long game. There's little talk of the wider network of Conquerors: They fight. They go away again.

Of course there's a cliffhanger and of course kids will keep reading, with their own Internet-chosen spirit animal by their side. (Um, the tiger's taken. Get your own.) Lucky for kids, Garth Nix is writing Book 3. It's hard to top the spiritedness of Mogget the "cat" from his wonderful Abhorsen Trilogy, but he can try.

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