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The Familiars
by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson and Peter Chan and Kei Acedera


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Is the kingdom's fate in the hands of an orphan cat?

Running fast to save his life, Aldwyn ducks into an unusual pet store. Moments later Jack, a young wizard in training, comes in to choose a magical animal to be his familiar. Aldwyn's always been clever.  Read more...


 
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More About The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein; Andrew Jacobson; Peter Chan; Kei Acedera
 
 
 
Overview

Is the kingdom's fate in the hands of an orphan cat?

Running fast to save his life, Aldwyn ducks into an unusual pet store. Moments later Jack, a young wizard in training, comes in to choose a magical animal to be his familiar. Aldwyn's always been clever. But magical? Jack thinks so--and Aldwyn is happy to play along.

He just has to convince the other familiars--the know-it-all blue jay Skylar and the friendly tree frog Gilbert--that he's the powerful cat he claims to be.

Then the unthinkable happens. Jack and two other young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia.

On a thrilling quest to save their loyals, the familiars face dangerous foes, unearth a shocking centuries-old secret, and discover a destiny that will change Vastia forever. Their magical adventure--an irresistible blend of real heart, edge-of-your-seat action, and laugh-out-loud humor--is an unforgettable celebration of fantasy and friendship.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061961083
  • ISBN-10: 0061961086
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publish Date: September 2010
  • Page Count: 360
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.68 x 6.54 x 1.22 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.98 pounds

Series: Familiars (Hardcover) #1

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Cats

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-08-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

After starving alley cat Aldwyn steals food from a fishmonger once too often, he is chased by a notorious bounty hunter intent on exterminating him. He takes refuge in a pet store that sells animal familiars to local wizards and is purchased by Jack, a young apprentice. Aldwyn likes his cushy new life in Stone Runlet with Jack and two other students, but he struggles to convince his fellow familiars--a blue jay named Skylar and a tree frog named Gilbert--that he's as magical as they are. When a prophecy foretells that three spell-casters from Stone Runlet will save the world, the formerly benevolent Queen Loranella kills the students' mentor and takes the young novices prisoner, leaving it to the familiars to rescue the children. Screenwriters Epstein and Jacobson's children's book debut is a grand adventure with entertaining characters and magic-induced fun, written in an appropriately cinematic style (Sony Pictures Animation has optioned the story). Even adults will appreciate a tale in which street smarts mix with book learning, and resourcefulness and confidence are matched by loyalty and respect. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)

 
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