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Tween Tuesday: The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson

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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Animal Fantasy

Release Date: 9/7/2010

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About the Book: Aldywn is a typical ally cat-trying to find food and running away from the local animal bounty hunter. When Aldywn is running for his life, he ducks into a pet store to escape. But this isn't just any pet store-it's a pet store for familiars, animal companions to wizards. Aldywn doesn't know anything about the wizarding world or magic, so it's just his luck that a young wizard chooses him to be his familiar!

Aldwyn tries to fake his way in his new home and pretends to be a magical cat. When the familiars young wizards are kidnapped, Aldwyn and his new familiar friends must help them before it's too late-and Aldwyn has to decide if he should reveal the truth or not.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I remember when this book first came out and it looked fun, but I'm not the biggest fan of animal fantasy, so I passed on it. I picked up it again for two reasons-1) it's nominated for our state book award and 2) a co-worker's third-grade son said it was the best book he ever read. So with those things pushing me to read The Familiars, I decided to give it a try.

The Familiars is very much The Warriors Series meets Harry Potter. (I was all excited to think of that "meets" line and than realized that Michael Buckley says the same thing on the back of the book-so much for being creative!:) It really is the best way to sell this book to tweens though and I think young fans of both series will enjoy The Familiars.

The Familiars has everything tweens will love-lots of adventure and excitement, humor, good guys versus bad guys, magic, danger, secrets and friendship. It's a non-stop adventure-filled ride and even though the book is long, it's easy to get caught up in the story and it ends up being a very fast paced read. Add in the fact that it's the start to a series, and I think this one will end up being very popular with tweens.

For adults, it's a bit predictable, but it's great for younger readers looking for excitement and adventure and a fun magical series. Since we put this out on our award shelf, it hasn't stayed long! Lots of fun for readers who enjoy magic and animals.



Comments

  1. I have wanted to read this one for awhile. The cover is sure eye catching. It gets a lot of attention in my library!

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  2. This sounds adorable! How have I not heard about it?

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  3. We have lots of Warriors fans and lots of Harry Potter fans at our library, so it's good to have a book to recommend to them!

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  4. I love the age level for this. High interest plus readability is an awesome combination. I will have to check for it at my local library. :)

    I missed it this week, but maybe I will have to plan a TweenTuesday for next week.

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  5. I've had this one on my radar for a while. I love the cover, it looks cute. I need to read it soon!

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  6. I'm not a huge animal fantasy lover either but I did enjoy this. Thanks for reviewing it.

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  7. The book is also on the IL state award list too. I like those lists because it usually feature books that I wouldn't normally pick up and read. I look forward to reading it. It sounds super cute. :)

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