Mez's Magic (The Lost Rainforest, #1) by Eliot Schrefer

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 eclips...

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

TitleMez's Magic (The Lost Rainforest, #1)
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Animals, Juvenile, Magic

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

  • Ms. Yingling
    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.
  • Leslie
    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 anti...
  • Barbara White
    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.
  • Ariana
    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.)
  • Laura C.
    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 character...
  • Jill
    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 li...
  • Lois R. Gross
    The Lost Rainforest: Mez’s MagicEliot Schrefer On the night of the eclipse, baby animals are born throughout the Amazon Rain Forest with unusual abilities that will mark them as different from the others in their families and species. Such is the case of Mez, an orphaned baby panther, who hunts by day instead of by night. Deviant behavior in the panther family is seen as a risk to the whole group since it attracts unwanted attention. Mez knows ...
  • Allison Parker
    Mez has a secret: while her family sleeps deeply through the day, she is the only Panther who feels compelled to wake during the sunlit hours. When Aunt Osha discovers her secret, Mez is cast out from the den, for Shadowwalkers are considered unnatural, cursed. But Mez discovers she's not alone: a boa constrictor is traveling the rainforests of Caldera, gathering other animals who were born during the eclipse and therefore wake and walk both day ...
  • Karen Parisot
    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 pers...
  • Sarah
    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...
  • Pam
    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 be...
  • Rachel
    I'm a little disappointed that Auriel turned out evil; I kind of liked him at first. I think I'll like Mist as a villain better (since I'm assuming that he will be in the next book). And I hope it's still from Mez's perspective in the next book, although I kind of doubt it. Also, invisibility? Cool, I guess, but it hasn't really done anything for Mez. Hopefully her power will prove to be more useful in the next book.
  • Kelly Erickson
    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
  • Kathleen
    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.
  • Mary Librarian
    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.
  • Jeannie
    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!
  • Heather Pearson
    Wonderful story with adorable characters that readers are going to fall in love with.There are day animals and there are night animals. No one would ever dare venture outside at the wrong hours, it's just not done. Mez is a black panther, a night walker. As his first birthday approaches, he finds himself awake and alert during the daytime hour. Even though he knows it is wrong and that he could be banished from his family, he decides to go outsid...
  • Nancy
    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
    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.