Mez's Magic (The Lost Rainforest, #1)
The Lion King meets Wings of Fire in the magical rainforest kingdom of Caldera in this new middle grade animal fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer.Caldera has forever been divided into those animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her beloved sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse.Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. Her magical power has unknown depths, but she must rush to discover it after a mysterious stranger arrives at her family’s den, bearing warnings of a reawakened evil.Saving Caldera means Mez must leave her sister behind and unite an unlikely group of animal friends to unravel an ancient mystery and protect their rainforest home.

Mez's Magic (The Lost Rainforest, #1) Details

TitleMez's Magic (The Lost Rainforest, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
ISBN-139780062491091
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Animals, Magic, Juvenile, Fiction

Mez's Magic (The Lost Rainforest, #1) Review

  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusThis would be a great choice if you have readers who are loving Erin Hunter's new Braveland series. Exotic animals in an exotic location-- Schrefer always does a great job with this. I may pass, since talking animals are definitely my bete noire! Still, take a look at this one for elementary and middle school.
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    My young-reader self would've loved this slyly educational animal adventure; & the magic didn't hurt. I love how well (and so quickly) Schrefer characterized his diverse cast. The turns are well-played, the action is tense and suspenseful. That Schrefer doesn't shy away from the reality of predators/nature is a wonderful part of the experience; he handles it deftly enough for the more sensitive reader. I was very much entertained and eagerly anticipate Book 2 (and the author Q&A at the e My young-reader self would've loved this slyly educational animal adventure; & the magic didn't hurt. I love how well (and so quickly) Schrefer characterized his diverse cast. The turns are well-played, the action is tense and suspenseful. That Schrefer doesn't shy away from the reality of predators/nature is a wonderful part of the experience; he handles it deftly enough for the more sensitive reader. I was very much entertained and eagerly anticipate Book 2 (and the author Q&A at the end of the book only sweetened that deal).The illustrations by Emilia Dziubak are lovely.
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  • Barbara White
    January 1, 1970
    My seventh and eighth grades students love Mez's Magic, and are looking forward to the next installment of The Lost Rainforest. It would also be appropriate for high school students. My students felt they learned about the rainforest and totally fell in love with Mez. As an adult, I also enjoyed this story. Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for my first copy of Mez's Magic.
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  • Laura C.
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a pretty fast paced read, and it is definitely a read for people who like books about animals going on an adventure to stop some evil from taking over their world! (Original much? *wink*) The plot is similar to Spirit Animals, but is combined with Erin Hunter's many series in the sense that it is told from the point of view of an animal. For example, in this book, it is told from Mez, a panther's, point of view. The animal characters are very unique, and their personalities are ver This book was a pretty fast paced read, and it is definitely a read for people who like books about animals going on an adventure to stop some evil from taking over their world! (Original much? *wink*) The plot is similar to Spirit Animals, but is combined with Erin Hunter's many series in the sense that it is told from the point of view of an animal. For example, in this book, it is told from Mez, a panther's, point of view. The animal characters are very unique, and their personalities are very relatable. Good for middle schoolers with immature tastes (Me!) in Fantasy books, and basically anyone else who just wants to read a typical adventure animal book!
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    Mez’s Magic is an adventure story set in an magical rainforest called Caldera. The animals of Caldera are split into two groups; daywalkers and nightwalkers (diurnal and nocturnal). Nightwalkers do not come out during the day and daywalkers do not come out at night. If one should break this rule and walk on the other side of the “veil” they are exiled from their family forever. The story is centred around Mez, a young orphan panther; who lives with her sister Chumba, aunt Usha, older cousin Mist Mez’s Magic is an adventure story set in an magical rainforest called Caldera. The animals of Caldera are split into two groups; daywalkers and nightwalkers (diurnal and nocturnal). Nightwalkers do not come out during the day and daywalkers do not come out at night. If one should break this rule and walk on the other side of the “veil” they are exiled from their family forever. The story is centred around Mez, a young orphan panther; who lives with her sister Chumba, aunt Usha, older cousin Mist, and three younger cousins Yerlo, Jerlo, and Derli. Mez learns that she is not like her family and has the ability to be awake during the day. This is something she is ashamed of and keeps secret, even from her sister. While out during the day, Mez spots and follows another nightwalker, a boa constrictor named Auriel. Auriel reveals to Mez, that she is special! She is a eclipse-born; a shadowwalker, a magical a creature that can walk during both day and night. Soon Mez’s aunt Usha finds out that Mez was walking on wrong side of the veil and exiles her.Once she is alone, Auriel convinces Mez to come with him and other shadowwalkers to the Ziggurat of the Sun and Moon, to defeat the evil Ant Queen. Shadowwalkers are the only creatures who have the ability to stop her from resurfacing from the Ziggurat and taking over Caldera. Mez and her new friends and fellow shadowwalkers; a tree frog named Rumi, a bat named Lima, and a monkey named Gorgi set out on their adventure to save Caldera. This was my first time reading a book by author, Eliot Schrefer. You can tell that Schrefer did in depth research on South and Central American. Many children’s stories with animals sugar coat the reality of animal instincts and behaviours. Schrefer does a excellent job at describing the unique abilities of each animal. My favourite character was the bat Lima. Schaefer describes her using her echolocation to manoeuvre the forest and to assist her daywalker friend’s at night. Schaefer puts a lot of emphasis on the predator and prey relationship in the wild. He is realistic about animals eating other animals to survive, especially since his main character is carnivorous panther. 
I had a little trouble following the storyline at times. The narrative is fast moving and a bit choppy. I think a prologue with the history of Caldera would of been beneficial to the reader. For example, the characters keep talking about traveling to the Ziggurat, without really explaining what it is, until page 125 (it is a temple, I had to google it). 
Overall I enjoyed the world Schrefer created. Mez’s Magic touches on many themes that children’s (and adults) deal with everyday, like discrimination, friendship, confidence, and trust. I look forward to reading more stories from The Lost Rainforest series.
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  • Karen Parisot
    January 1, 1970
    Mez is a panther. She was born during an eclipse, and in magical Caldera, it makes her different from the rest of her family and most of the other animals of the Amazonian rainforest. Considered “unnatural” the eclipse born are either cast out of their families or have learned to hide their true selves. This chapter book is the first in a new series. It’s an animal fantasy story with many unique characters each with their own endearing personalities. Mez is the main character and the story is to Mez is a panther. She was born during an eclipse, and in magical Caldera, it makes her different from the rest of her family and most of the other animals of the Amazonian rainforest. Considered “unnatural” the eclipse born are either cast out of their families or have learned to hide their true selves. This chapter book is the first in a new series. It’s an animal fantasy story with many unique characters each with their own endearing personalities. Mez is the main character and the story is told from her point of view. In it the “unnatural” must learn to work with animals from different species in order to survive in a hostile world. It’s the age old good vs. evil tale with principles of friendship, family, and acceptance of others. This book is a good vocabulary builder with words like mandibles, slavering, sigils and envenomated. Middle grade readers and up who like fantasy stories with lots of action and animal characters will be engrossed by this novel.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    In this rainforest, there are daywalkers, nightwalkers, and the special eclipse-born shadow walkers. Mez is a panther, who walks both day an night, even though it is considered taboo for panthers to be awake during the day. When Mez is rejected by her family, a snake, Auriel, takes the younger panther under his wing and enlists her and several other eclipse born to defeat the ant queen, who is attempting to take over the forest. Along the journey, Mez finds new friends, enemies, and learns the e In this rainforest, there are daywalkers, nightwalkers, and the special eclipse-born shadow walkers. Mez is a panther, who walks both day an night, even though it is considered taboo for panthers to be awake during the day. When Mez is rejected by her family, a snake, Auriel, takes the younger panther under his wing and enlists her and several other eclipse born to defeat the ant queen, who is attempting to take over the forest. Along the journey, Mez finds new friends, enemies, and learns the extent of her own powers. This was an interesting concept. I just wasn't completely compelled by it. I think children will enjoy this book.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    First in this new series by Schrefer.The eclipse-born are able to walk by day and night which makes them unnatural in their communities. They are gathered one by one to come together to fight the Ant Queen when she is freed from her prison.The story is told from Mez's perspective - a young panther who discovers her talents and power along the way.The book sets the background for the rest of the series and has the requisite good versus evil and betrayals involved in battles for worlds.
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  • Kelly Erickson
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really fun read, definitely more suited to younger audiences than all ages though. But it was an easy read, and the whole concept of "daywalkers" and "nightwalkers" was really interesting once I realized they were not simply interchangeable with "nocturnal". It had great pacing and watching Mez's character development was really enjoyable. Definitely recommend for younger readers who like fantasy and any reader looking for an easy read
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    A cast of eclipse-born baby/child animals with magical powers battle an evil ant queen and other animals. Each animal has a separate (often amusing) character, but the journeys and battles through jungle and underground are a bit lengthy and detailed. The end of the book lacks finality, and sequels are to be expected. This book should appeal to middle grade boys and girls.
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  • Ariana
    January 1, 1970
    A story about a magical panther and her friends that fight a giant ant is a cool plotline, and i did really like it but you don't actually know what mez is thanking or what she's feeling,and the writing could be a little better.(Though I do plan to read the next one in the series.)
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  • Mary Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Animal fantasy that’s set in the rainforest. Mez and those like her were born during an eclipse and each has a magic power to discover. The ant queen is the initial enemy but she’s not the only one. Not a predictable plot while also a good set up to book 2.
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  • Jeannie
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting read. I personally enjoyed the first half with its emphasis on animals and jungle more engaging than the second half which turned more to fantasy based action and adventure, but I'm not a big fantasy fan, so others are welcome to disagree!
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Looking forward to the next book in this series. Eliot Schaefer has a skill for bringing the natural world to life. This book is no exception. Readers of the Warrior series will love this!
  • Amanda Zirn
    January 1, 1970
    A cute, adventurous read for middle grade. The characters, despite being rainforest animals, were spunky and had unique voices. It, at times, reminded me of Lion King in a good way.
  • Seth Allen
    January 1, 1970
    If you're a fan of Warriors and need a similar book to pass the long time before the next book, look no further than The Lost Rainforest Series. Full of relatable characters that you won't forget in a hurry, Mez's Magic will give you an entirely new look on the rainforest. Schrefer does a great job at keeping the plot moving at all times even while introducing new animals. Full of twists, turns and so much more, this is a great book for fans of any animal series.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Stumbled upon this at work and, while the plot is interesting, tbh I'm reading it just for the gorgeous cover.
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