Are you born wild? In the world of Erdas, four children are about to discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that gives great powers to both. Separated by vast distances, Conor, Abeke, Meillin and Rollan each see a flash of light…and then the animals emerge.

Wolf, leopard, panda, falcon. Each of the children has summoned a beast from legend. Now their fate is set. The four new heroes and their animals must band together on a dangerous quest. A dark force from the past is rising and only they have the power to stop it.

The fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of these brave strangers…and on you.

Spirit Animals (Book 1) Wild Born, Brandon Mull, Scholastic, Rs. 450

“Many fierce monsters have roamed the hills and monsters of the far north, but none as fierce as Babayan…”

So begins the adventures of Babayan, the wild beast with a mighty roar, whom all the villagers of the far north dread. But what happens when he is magically lifted from the world he knows and finds himself dangling from a star?

Alone in the night sky, Babayan meets his guide and protector, the Queen of the Stars, who sends him to the enchanted kingdom of Shayma Bayma, where animals live together in harmony. There, in the lush tropical forests, Babayan is transformed as he encounters many fantastic creatures and makes new friends. Yet the call of the Wild Islands, where creatures still feed on one another, continues to stir his inner beast, until he journeys across the Great Sea and faces his past.

Babayan and the Magic Star by Kiku Adatto, Red Turtle, Rs. 195

It is India, may centuries ago. Travelling with his father’s circus, 10-year-old Sharat performs amazing feats with his white tiger Emira.

When they arrive at the City of Jewels, where the troupe must play for the young Emperor, Suleiman, his entourage and the frightening Doctor Rookh, Sharat’s precious tiger mysteriously disappears. Determined to find her, Sharat’s quest takes him into the city’s sewers, through an enchanted garden, past crystals caverns and into a magical underworld where he and his friends finally discover the terrible secret of the Empire.

Take a roller-coaster ride through medieval India and into a world of ghuls, jinnis and magic. This incredibly exciting adventure is the first book in The Queen of the Forest trilogy.

Tiger Thief by Michael Clarke, Puffin, Rs. 250