The Familiars by Adam Epstien and Andrew Jacobson is a magical tale of three animals who are on a quest to save the children they love from the hands of an evil queen. There is not a better book on the market for your middle grader or even yourself for this cold spooky season. From the black cauldron of a witch turning into an octopus type enemy to a seven headed hydra this book will keep that Halloween feeling going all month long with your family. I suggest reading it out loud as a family with a pot of chocolate. Bookalicious review of The Familiars.
The authors have made this awesome video of a spooky tour of some fantastic bone chilling spots through-out the L.A. area. Watch the video and then below there is a special clue for you to win a Familiars prize!
We are also having a special Familiars-themed Halloween Scavenger Hunt! At each stop along the blog tour, we will be asking a trivia question from our book. After you fill in your answer, the letter that falls in the place of the * can be placed in the corresponding number of the larger puzzle. So for example, since this is question number 21, the letter that lands in the space where the * is can be filled in where the 21 is in the larger puzzle. The larger puzzle will form yet another clue, and anyone who answers it correctly will be entered into a drawing for an autographed book as well as a few other Halloween treats!
Be sure to visit The Familiars blog to find links to all other blog stops and find out where to send in your answers! All entries must be entered by November 15.
21. Gilbert has an unfortunate run-in with a bunch of what en route to Maidenmere?
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Hint: Chapter Fourteen, Page 275
11 5 18 8 15 1 9 7 19 14 23 2 25 16 10 12 20
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17 3 22 6 21 4 24 13
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From Goodreads: After three young wizard apprentices are kidnapped by the evil queen of a distant land, it is up to their familiars, their magical animal companions — a street smart alley cat, a precocious blue jay, and a bumbling tree frog — to save them.
Lately I have been in love with Middle Grade fiction. I have made it my mission to learn more about the genre and to incorporate that knowledge into Bookalicio.us to offer a more wide variety of kid lit for my readers. In the past two months I have had three successful MG reads and The Familiars ranks at the top of my favorites.
I used the Familiars with my brand spanking new book club at Hicklebee’s my local indie bookstore that I am partnered with. I had tons of kids in attendance and they had so many questions for me. Adam Epstien and Andrew Jacobson had visited earlier but some of the kids had missed the author signing. These kids are in luck because the authors gave me their email to give to the kids and I think several of them will use it!
Before my review here are what some of the kids had to say:
Hannah age 13 “I loved this book even more than the Chronicles of Narnia.”
Annora age 10 “I really like that this book is about animals who can do magic instead of humans.”
Jake age 8 “I really like all the magic.”
It was unanimous we all loved this book.
We follow Aldwyn who is your every day alley cat in the city of Bridgetower as he is trying to grab a fish to eat. He is caught and pursued by the towns most awesome pest hunter named Grimslade. Aldwyn jumps into a magic shop window and runs into a cage to avoid being captured and that is where his story begins.
Jack and his wizarding teacher Kalstaff come into the shop to find a familiar as young Jack has come of age. He chooses Aldwyn who immediately begins freaking out because he is just your everyday garden variety alley cat. Aldwyn travels back to the woods with Kalstaff and Jake and meets the other two students and their familiar. A bird named Skylar and a frog named Gilbert.
When the Queen shows up and kidnaps the young wizards it is up to the familiars to set out on a journey to get them back.
The Familiars is full of fantastical magic, and is completely plot driven. Never have I seen such personality given to animals. It was easy to forget these weren’t human characters. I was completely transported and kept in the dark until the very end. I had no idea what the end of the story had in it’s pages for me and all the guessing I did was futile.
I will anxiously be awaiting the next book in this series and am hanging on the edge of my seat for movie news. Adam Epstien and Andres Jacobson have my attention as up and coming Middle Grade writers.
If you love Harry Potter or The Warriors you will adore The Familiars.
I saw The Familiars authors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson last week at Hicklebee’s Book Store in San Jose CA. It was quite the unique event. You see Harper Collins sent a bunch of third grade students an advanced copy of the book and we were able to watch them interact with the authors about the story. It truly was a fun twist when the authors began quizzing the students on which parts they loved best!
Reading through the story a chapter at a time with Adisyn is proving to be quite fun. I strongly believe if you have a child from the ages of seven through twelve and possibly older if they are a true fantasy lover, then you should pick this up at your local indie. Don’t have a local indie? Never fear! Order your copy online today from Hicklebee’s!
Check out this awesome book trailer!
I liken this book to the Septimus Heap books, early Harry Potter, and the Warriors series. Let me know if you have read it, want to read it, or just love that fantastical book trailer!