The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

This week, we want to introduce you to The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson — a new Middle Grade book set for release in September. All this week, we’ll have fun little tid-bits about the book & the movie adaptation that’s in the works, along with an exclusive interview with authors Adam & Andrew.

But today, we want you to get to know the book a little better. Here is an unofficial synopsis from Adam & Andrew themselves, along with an early cover mock-up:

Running to save his life, Aldwyn, the street-wise orphan alley cat, ducks into a strange store. Moments later Jack, a young wizard-in-training, comes in to pick out his familiar – a magical animal companion. Aldwyn’s always been clever. But magical? Apparently Jack thinks so—and Aldwyn is happy to play along. Anything to get out of town!

Once home with Jack in Stone Runlet, Aldwyn thinks that he’s got it made—a life of ease with a boy who loves him. 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.

Then, after the sky lights up with an omen, the unthinkable happens. Jack and the other young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia. Together Aldwyn, Skylar and Gilbert must save them—but how?

On a thrilling quest across the land, the familiars face dangerous foes, unearth a shocking centuries old secret, and discover a mysterious destiny that will change them all forever. Their magical adventure–an irresistible blend of real heart, edge-or-you-seat action, and laugh-out-loud humor–is an unforgettable celebration of fantasy and friendship.

Sounds great, right?

For the comments: Tell us your first impressions of The Familiars!

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