Title: The Invasion (Animorphs #1)
Author: K.A. Applegate
Publication Date: June 1996
Length: 192 pages
In the first book of the Animorphs series, an alien ship lands in an abandoned construction site, and is discovered by five kids. Out of the ship comes an Andalite prince named Elfangor (kind of a part horse, part human, part scorpion), and he gives the kids the power to morph into other animals, which they are to use in their fight against the Yeerks (slug-like aliens that take over people's bodies).
This was a reread, but I haven't read it since probably elementary school. I was a little worried that it wouldn't age well, and that I would roll my eyes a lot while reading it. Well, I did roll my eyes a few times, when K.A. Applegate not-quite-successfully tried to sound like a preteen boy, but overall, I really enjoyed it.
One thing that totally blew my mind (spoiler alert here!):
Tobias gets stuck as a hawk in the first book?! Why did I think that happened like way later in the series? Crazy. I guess I didn't really read much of the series as a kid (just books 1 and 5 and all the Chronicles and Alternamorphs) (though I did also watch the show), so I don't really have a good overall picture of how the story goes.
4 stars. I'm looking forward to reading the whole series! (Very few of which I actually read as a child.)