In the land of Erdas, some special people have the gift of being able to conjure and speak to the Spirit Animals. Four children, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan each see a flash of light one fateful day. After that the animals come. For Connor, it's a wolf; Abeke, a jaguar; Meilin, a panda; and Rollan, a falcon... beasts of legend. Erdas is plagued by dark forces from the past and the children with their Spirit Animals must go on an epic quest where they will learn about themselves and their Spirit Animal. This is an outstanding series so far, and Mrs. Edwards son gives it two enthusiastic thumbs up.
Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull
ISBN 10: 0545522439
Where to find it: F Mul
Lexile level: 680L
I think this would be a fun book to explore creative epic writing with students. One of the cool things with this series is that the books have a special code for http://spiritanimals.scholastic.com/books where kids can find their own spirit animal and go on adventures with it. Kids can use the spirit animals they get to craft a new story with themselves as the star.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.