Utah's Brandon Mull launching new interactive children's adventure story

Sep 6 2013 - 3:11pm


Brandon Mull
Brandon Mull

Utah author Brandon Mull will be appearing in several Top of Utah bookstores over the next two weeks to promote his latest project, "Spirit Animals," an ambitious multi-platform adventure for children launched by Scholastic.

Mull, a resident of Highland whose "Fablehaven" books are New York Times best-sellers, created the storyline for "Spirit Animals," an interactive multi-author adventure series, and penned the first book, "Wild Born" (Scholastic, $12.99). The book series will be complemented by an action role-playing game for children at www.spiritanimals.com.

Authors chosen for the next several "Spirit Animals" books include Utah author Shannon Hale -- who wrote "Austenland," which is now a major motion picture -- as well as Maggie Stiefvater, Garth Nix and Sean Williams, Tui T. Sutherland, Eliot Schrefer and Marie Lu.

According to a news release, 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 their spirit animals -- a wolf, a leopard, a panda and a falcon -- and strive to save a land in peril.

"Wild Born" and its complementary role-playing game will be released on Tuesday. The second book of the series will be published in January 2014.

Mull will make the following appearances to read from and sign "Wild Born":

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City.
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Barnes & Noble, 1780 North Woodland Park Drive, Layton.
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Hastings, 50 E. 400 North, Logan.
  • 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Hastings, 340 E. 525 North, Ogden.

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