The Invasion - Animorphs 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

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While wandering through an abandoned construction site, five kids encounter a dying alien who warns them of evil mind-controlling parasites that are slowly taking over their planet. To help the kids fight the invaders, the alien gives them the power to transform into any animal they touch. Now Jake, Rachel, Marco, Tobias, and Cassie must use their new abilities to find the Yeerks and save the Earth -- or die trying.   
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The review of this Book prepared by Michael Jung

Imagine your friends and family being taken over, one by one, by invisible, unseen enemies. Imagine the only thing standing between the enslavement of planet earth and the rest of the galaxy is a bunch of Earth kids and one alien, with only the power to shapeshift, to turn into anouther being by will. Well, its true, and its happening. Earth is being taken over by parasitic alien slugs called yeerks. Aliens who crawl into the minds of beings all over the galaxy and take complete control over them. Only a handful of kids know of the secret invasion, and their only weapon is the power to morph into any animal they can touch. Earth animals against the monsters and masterminds of the galaxy... can you make the change?
The review of this Book prepared by Rira

Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Marco and Tobias meet Elfangor, an andalite. This alien gives them the power to change into any animal. They learn about the Yeerks, and about how they are trying to take over Earth.
The review of this Book prepared by Joel Holz

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 23.3%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 23.3%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 13.3% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   subtle invasion (mind control, lookalikes) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   can change shapes    -   can fly


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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