Endling: The First (Compact Disc)
Stakes are raised and the world enlarged in this second installment of the Endling series. When Byx the dairne journeys outside her homeland of Nedarra to search for more of her kind, she and her friends soon become entangled in the buildup to a costly war. It’s full of fast-paced fantasy action and adventure, moments of humor to balance the hardship, and plenty of character development for each of the main players—and it sets things up nicely for an epic finale in book three. Through it all, Applegate incorporates characteristic themes of tolerance and environmental stewardship. Another rock-solid effort for ages 9 and up from the 2013 Newbery medalist (The One and Only Ivan).— Noah
Endling #2: The First is the second book in an epic middle grade animal fantasy series by Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The One and Only Ivan, Wishtree, and Crenshaw
To learn if she truly is the last dairne in the world--the endling--Byx and her friends must travel into the snow-covered mountains of the country of Dreyland, where they hope to uncover the truth behind the legend of a hidden dairne colony. But the threat of war across the lands continues to grow with each passing day.
As the group confronts untold dangers at every turn, they will ultimately uncover a treacherous plot that involves the other powerful governing species. With both her dreams and all the creatures of Nedarra on the brink of extinction, Byx and her friends are determined to never give up hope.
Soon they find themselves the unlikely leaders in a simmering rebellion that risks everything they hold dear. Byx may be the last of her kind, but will she also be the first to lead the revolution?
In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling first book--which received four starred reviews--Katherine Applegate once again delivers an action-packed middle grade fantasy with a unique setting, enthralling characters, and gripping adventure that is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan, Brian Jacques, and Tui T. Sutherland.