The Familiars

The Familiars

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For fans of Warriors and The Magic Thief comes a magical adventure story about a street cat who's mistaken for a wizard's familiar.

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 in training, 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 the evil queen, Aldwyn will have to use all of his street smarts, a few good friends, and a nose for adventure to save the day!

And don't miss the exciting sequel to this Indie Next List pick, The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 166 x 220 x 31mm | 445g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061961086
  • 9780061961083
  • 588,034

Back cover copy

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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Review quote

"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
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Rating details

6,548 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 43% (2,806)
4 31% (2,027)
3 19% (1,263)
2 5% (327)
1 2% (125)

Our customer reviews

Okay ? so I?m not a fan of books where animals speak and the story generally revolves around animals (and no, I never read that Warrior series). I used to love the movies centering around animals as a kid (Hello, Homeward Bound and Beethoven), but outgrew them in my teenage years. Then The Familiars made it?s way through the blogosphere.. well, I would say.. burst its way instead of made its way. I?m seeing this book everywhere. My dislike of animal books kept me from outright buying it.. but now that I?ve read my library?s copy I?m thinking I may just have to make the investment. This is the best middle grade book I?ve read in a while., ranking up there with the Gregor series and the Ranger?s Apprentice series (which I love, love, love). The story could have been corny ? I mean, we?re talking about a cat, a tree frog and a blue jay here ? but it worked. And I loved said tree frog. He made the book for me. I?m still cackling with laughter over some of his lines. If you have a middle schooler, definitely get this book for him or her to read. She will devour it, and you will too. Fun, fun story and I can?t wait for the next one!show more
by Lydia Presley
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