The Familiars

The Familiars

By Adam Jay Epstein; Andrew Jacobson; Peter Chan (Illustrator)

HarperTorch, Paperback, 9780061961106, 360pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2011

Description

When Aldwyn, a young alley cat on the run, ducks into a mysterious pet shop, he doesn t expect his life to change. But that's exactly what happens when Jack, a young wizard, picks Aldwyn to be his magical familiar.

Finally off the tough streets, Aldwyn thinks he's got it made. 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 telekinetic cat he claims to be. But when Jack and two other wizards in training are captured by a terrible evil, it will take all of Aldwyn's street smarts, a few good friends, and a nose for adventure to save the day



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.


Praise For The Familiars

“This series opener won’t disappoint. The consistently suspenseful narrative moves quickly and is full of twists and turns. This winning combination of action and humor will keep readers turning pages right up to the ending.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)

“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.”
-Publishers Weekly

“The Familiars combines the magic of Harry Potter and the adventure of Warriors into an enchanting story readers will love. Whether furry [like Aldwyn], flippered [like Gilbert] or feathered [like Skylar] you’ll be taking a closer look at your family pet.”
-Michael Buckley, author of The Sisters Grimm and NERDS

“Kids who love animal stories, adventure, fantasy and good humored friendship will be waiting impatiently for the next book in this rich and fantastical trilogy. So get familiar with the Familiars!”
-Becky Anderson, Anderson's Bookshop