- I’ve been looking for some quality Middle Grade books.
- In spite of the animal theme, I decided to give this a go due to all of the gushing I’ve been hearing about it.
Summary 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.
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!
I also have a special message here from Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson!
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 24, the letter that lands in the space where the * is can be filled in where the 24 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 at thefamiliars.blogspot.com 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.
24. What color are Aldwyn’s eyes?
_*_ ___ ___ ___ ___
Hint: Chapter Two, Page 31
11 5 18 8 15 1 9 7 19 14 23 2 25 16 10 12 20
__ __ __ __ __ __ ’ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
17 3 22 6 21 4 24 13
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
www.thefamiliars.com (official website)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0djEE4OzdQ (book trailer)
Happy Halloween everyone!
Andrew & Adam