The Message

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The Message, published in October 1996 and written by K.A. Applegate, is the fourth book in the Animorphs series. It is the first book narrated by Cassie.

This article is written from a Real World point of view.

Official DescriptionEdit

It all started with the dreams. But Cassie didn't pay much attention to them. She and her friends had all been having weird dreams ever since they'd first learned to morph. Maybe it was just some crazy side effect.

Then Cassie discovered that she and Tobias had been having the exact same dreams. Dreams about the ocean. And a strange feeling that someone is calling to them. Calling for help. Cassie, Tobias, Jake, Rachel, and Marco have to figure out if the dreams are a message -- or a trap. And if it is a trap, it could mean the end -- for everyone...

The Message Illustration

The first page illustration of The Message featruing Cassie swimming in the ocean in her dolphin morph.


Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Ax (First Appearance)


Other Characters:



Contributions to the Series' Story ArcEdit

  • The Animorphs meet Elfangor's brother, Ax.
  • Ax is introduced.


Morpher Morphs acquired Morphs used
Jake Bottlenose Dolphin, Seagull Trout, Bottlenose Dolphin, Seagull
Rachel Bottlenose Dolphin, Seagull Trout, Bottlenose Dolphin, Seagull
Cassie Squirrel, Bottlenose Dolphin, Seagull Squirrel, Trout, Bottlenose Dolphin, Seagull
Marco Bottlenose Dolphin, Seagull Trout, Bottlenose Dolphin, Seagull
Ax Tiger Shark, Human (Cassie, Marco, Rachel, Jake's DNA) Tiger Shark, Human (made from a mix of Cassie, Marco, Rachel, and Jake's DNA)
Visser Three -- Mardrut


  • The cover quote is, "Sometimes you have to change a little more than your mind...."
  • The inside front cover quote is, "Cassie's acting a little fishy...."
  • In later books, its revealed that the species of shark Ax had acquired in this book was a Tiger shark.
  • The six dolphins from The Gardens are named after the main characters on the TV Show Friends.
  • It's revealed that morphing also allows its user to combine DNA of different individuals. 

Taken from

Main Series #1 The Invasion | #2 The Visitor | #3 The Encounter | #4 The Message | #5 The Predator | #6 The Capture | #7 The Stranger | #8 The Alien | #9 The Secret | #10 The Android | #11 The Forgotten | #12 The Reaction | #13 The Change | #14 The Unknown | #15 The Escape | #16 The Warning | #17 The Underground | #18 The Decision | #19 The Departure | #20 The Discovery | #21 The Threat | #22 The Solution | #23 The Pretender | #24 The Suspicion | #25 The Extreme | #26 The Attack | #27 The Exposed | #28 The Experiment | #29 The Sickness | #30 The Reunion | #31 The Conspiracy | #32 The Separation | #33 The Illusion | #34 The Prophecy | #35 The Proposal | #36 The Mutation | #37 The Weakness | #38 The Arrival | #39 The Hidden | #40 The Other | #41 The Familiar | #42 The Journey | #43 The Test | #44 The Unexpected | #45 The Revelation | #46 The Deception | #47 The Resistance | #48 The Return | #49 The Diversion | #50 The Ultimate | #51 The Absolute | #52 The Sacrifice | #53 The Answer | #54 The Beginning
Megamorphs The Andalite's Gift | In the Time of Dinosaurs | Elfangor's Secret | Back to Before
Chronicles The Andalite Chronicles | The Hork-Bajir Chronicles | VISSER | The Ellimist Chronicles
Alternamorphs The First Journey | The Next Passage

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