After over a week without time to read (crazy, I know!! But, at least I was doing one of my other loves - scrapbooking!), I decided to read the second book in a new fantasy series out by Scholastic. I highly, highly recommend this series if you have elementary level or maybe even middle school kids. I enjoyed it and I'm an adult. So far, there are three books and each is by a different author. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. So far, so good here. :)
Summary from goodreads.com:
Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts - a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children - and the world - have been changed for ever. Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers ...and on you.