Episode 7: The Stranger

It took a while, but it’s finally here! We are talking, of course, about Rachel’s iconic bear morph. In this episode of Centipedes and Slugs, Maddie and Lydia discuss the always-confusing mechanics of morphing and the always-annoying powers of The Ellimist. Prepare to learn a little bit about K.A. Applegate’s misunderstanding of bears (not carnivorous, not nearsighted) and the ways in which the Animorphs do (and do not) resemble real-life child soldiers. Spoilers for all of Animorphs.

Sources specific to this episode:

“Animorphs creator looks back on the beloved series 20 years later” by Nivea Serrao, Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 28, 2016

Katherine Applegate’s Reddit AMA

“River, river in the Fall, who’s the fattest bear of all?” Katmai National Park and Preserve, Sept. 30, 2019.

D’Alessandra F. Psychological Consequences of Becoming a Child Soldier. Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Working Paper. 2014.

Schauer E., Elbert T. (2010) The Psychological Impact of Child Soldiering. In: Martz E. (eds) Trauma Rehabilitation After War and Conflict. Springer, New York, NY