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The Beast Player - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 9 - 12! We are excited for you to join us in our discussion for The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a flyer for this website, a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Amanda know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!

"The Beast Player" by Nahoko Uehashi

"An epic fantasy about a girl with a special power to communicate with magical beasts and the warring kingdom only she can save. Elin's family has an important responsibility: caring for the fearsome water serpents that form the core of their kingdom's army. So when some of the beasts mysteriously die, Elin's mother is sentenced to death as punishment. With her last breath she manages to send her daughter to safety. Alone, far from home, Elin soon discovers that she can talk to both the terrifying water serpents and the majestic flying beasts that guard her queen. This skill gives her great powers, but it also involves her in deadly plots that could cost her life. Can she save herself and prevent her beloved beasts from being used as tools of war? Or is there no way of escaping the terrible battles to come?"

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author, the book, beekeeping, and harps:

Nahoko Uehashi’s website:

TV Trope’s page on The Beast Player:

Book Connection’s The Beast Player cover puzzle:

BeeBuilt’s page on beginner beekeeping and the American Beekeeping Federation’s site:

Encyclopedia Britannica’s page on harps:

The anime The Beast Player Erin (Elin) was adapted from the book. The official website for the anime in Japanese, but you can check out the character designs here:

Included as well: a make your own mythical creature activity from the British museum, a word search, a recipe for fahko bread, and concept art from artist Lulu Wang.

Like The Beast Player? There’s a sequel called The Beast Warrior. Check it out!

We hope you enjoy these activities and cannot wait to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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