The Familiars

By Adam Jay Epstein; Andrew Jacobson; Peter Chan (Illustrator)
(HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780061961083, 360pp.)

Publication Date: September 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Autumn 2010 Kids' Next List
“Aldwyn the clever alley cat, Skylar, the skeptical blue jay, and Gilbert, the insecure tree frog are drawn together when they must save their Loyals from a corrupt Queen. In this spellbinding romp each proves their worth and finds their own magic. Perhaps the Familiars are destined to lead? In their debut novel Adam and Andrew have touches of the animal quest of Incredible Journey combined with the magic of Harry Potter and the animal charm of Charlotte's Web. This reader will be waiting impatiently for the rest of the promised trilogy.-- Shirley Mullin, Kids Ink, Children's Bookstore, Indianapolis, IN”
-- Shirley Mullin, Kids Ink, Indianapolis, IN


Description

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 soand Aldwyn is happy to play along.

He just has to convince the other familiarsthe know-it-all blue jay Skylar and the friendly tree frog Gilbertthat 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 adventurean irresistible blend of real heart, edge-of-your-seat action, and laugh-out-loud humoris an unforgettable celebration of fantasy and friendship.




About the Author
Adam Jay Epstein spent his childhood in Great Neck, New York, while Andrew Jacobson grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the two met in Los Angeles. They have been writing together for film and television ever since.

Their interest in space dates back to their early years, when Adam attended Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama (and won the Right Stuff Award!), and Andrew went to a movie theater (for the first time) to see a rerelease of Star Wars.

Adam Jay Epstein lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jane, and their daughters, Penny and Olive. Andrew Jacobson, his wife, Ashley, their son, Ryder, their daughter, Willa, and their two dogs live close by.



Adam Jay Epstein spent his childhood in Great Neck, New York, while Andrew Jacobson grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the two met in Los Angeles. They have been writing together for film and television ever since.

Their interest in space dates back to their early years, when Adam attended Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama (and won the Right Stuff Award!), and Andrew went to a movie theater (for the first time) to see a rerelease of Star Wars.

Adam Jay Epstein lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jane, and their daughters, Penny and Olive. Andrew Jacobson, his wife, Ashley, their son, Ryder, their daughter, Willa, and their two dogs live close by.



Henry Selick is the director of such acclaimed animated films as THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. MOONGIRL, Henry Selick's first book for children, is based on the award-winning short film of the same name. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Peter Chan has designed and storyboarded numerous films, including LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, and ANTZ. About MOONGIRL, he says, "Collaborating with Henry Selick was a great opportunity. Creating the visuals for the film and book was thoroughly enjoyable because this story has such heart and imagination." Peter Chan lives on San Juan Island in Washington State.
Courtney Booker's paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the U.S. She also works in the animated film industry, most recently on the feature films FINDING NEMO and THE INCREDIBLES. This is her first book. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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