Rachel's got some pretty strange stuff happening. She can't control her morphing. One minute, she's doing homework. The next, she's morphing a full-grown crocodile, and -- without returning to human form -- she becomes an elephant. That's when the floor gives way and Rachel finds herself looking up at what used to be the kitchen ceiling.

What's going on? No one's sure, but Rachel and the other Animorphs have to figure it out -- quickly. Because if someone sees Rachel's out-of-control morphing, the other Animorphs and Ax are in for some serious trouble...


Released: October 1997
Pages: 152
Cover Art by Damon C. Torres / The I-Way Company

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  • Promotion Note: This book featured Contest Winner #3 (Andre H., age 12, Jaguar Morph) from the "Get Morphed Contest" that was given out in Animorphs #4: The Message. (Picture posted below)
  • ANIBASE: When Katherine Applegate was first starting out as a series writer, she ghostwrote several books in the Sweet Valley Twins series. She always hated the way the kids in those books had to refer to made up bands and TV shows. Why not reference Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Xena if that's what kids were watching? Of course, she totally broke her own rule for this book: Jeremy Jason McCole is a thinly veiled parody of Jonathan Taylor Thomas and the Barry and Cindy Sue Show is modeled after Live with Regis and Kathy Lee.
  • This is not the only time the Animorphs have had side-effects from their morphing abilities. Marco had stress related problems in #35: The Proposal over his family, so he unconsciously started using the Frolis Maneuver on different animal DNA, giving him various and unusual combinations.
  • Cassie morphs Rachel in this book to cover for her. The Animorphs generally have a rule against morphing other sentient beings, such as a humans, unless permission is given first. However, this is not the first, nor the last time that the Animorphs have morphed humans, even each other. Ax morphs Jake twice: In #6 when he's covering for Jake at home, and #8 when he morphs Jake to be invited to have dinner with Cassie and her parents. The biggest one is David, the sixth Animorph, who acquires and morphs anyone without any sort of ethical code once he goes rogue, including Marco, as well as Jake and Rachel's dying cousin Saddler, in his arc from #20-22.

    As for their 'morphing code of conduct', the Animorphs loosen up on this rule of theirs as the war grows more dangerous through the series. They morph into guards (#21), bystanders (#30), pilots (#46), anyone they can use in order to infiltrate the security to complete their mission.
  • The pronunciation of the word for Andalite is played off here as "And a light". This is a hint of the process K.A. uses to create several names for the species and terms in the series. The most notable one is Nothlit, which is just a rearrangement of the letters for the Hilton hotel.


ANIBASE: Jeremy Jason McCole is a teen heartthrob, and the lead young actor on the hit show called Power House. In reality, he's so shallow that he voluntarily becomes a Controller. Luckily for him, after he finds out what it's like to be a slave to a parasitic slug, Jeremy Jason is freed thanks to the Animorphs, and he flees to Uzbekistan. Of course, Jeremy Jason McCole is not even remotely similar to Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Nope. Nuh unh. Not even a little bit.

Also featured are talk show hosts Barry and Cindy Sue, who are nothing like Regis and Kathy Lee. Bart Jacobs is also empathically not Jack Hanna, although he does indeed bring wild animals onto talk shows.

Jake None.
Rachel Crocodile.
Cassie Rachel.
Marco Llama.
Tobias None.
Ax None.
Visser Three Lebtin Javelin Fish.

Lebtin Javelin Fish
Lebtin Javelin Fish look like vast, bright yellow stingrays with two stalk-mounted eyes, two-trailing antennae on their underside, and a row of spears all along their back.

Hereth illint
The rather poetic Andalite way of saying someone will naturally "burp" up a morph that they are allergic to.

Nice is Neat
What Cassie told her mom that NIN, also known as Nine Inch Nails, stood for.



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