Monday, November 26, 2012

MMGM - The Familiars


Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. 

The Familiars
by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson



Is the kingdom's fate in the hands of an orphan cat?

BLURB:
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.

My daughter LOVES this book--in fact, she's getting book 2 for Christmas. She's read this one three times now! It's a wonderful story full of adventure, likable characters, and a good dose of humor. I recommend adding these to your holiday shopping list.
 



12 comments:

Patti said...

Sounds like a great book and I love the cover.

Barbara Watson said...

I haven't read these (I think it's my problem with animal characters), but I'm sure my daughter would love them, as does yours.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I did read one of these and it was good. But like Barbara, I don't love books with animal characters. Thanks for sharing this Shannon.

Old Kitty said...

How adorable!!! A cat, a bird and a frog battling evil to save their wizard pals!! Lovely!! Take care
x

Jemi Fraser said...

I have this one in my class, but haven't read it yet. Love the cover of it too :)

DMS said...

The cover is great! I haven't read this one yet- but the fact that your daughter has read it three times makes me very curious about it! Thanks for sharing.
~Jess

Michael G-G said...

I've seen this one around. Like others, I really like the cover!

Susan Fields said...

Thanks for the suggestion - this sounds like an exciting story!

Angela Ackerman said...

Sounds cute...I'm going to let my neighbour know about this one. It sounds perfect for her daughter.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Yay for the Familiars! We are big fans!

SA Larsenッ said...

I've heard so much about this one. Can't believe I've yet to get it. Do you think a boy would like it as much as a girl?

Books4Learning said...

I love the cover! I draws me and makes me want to check this one out.

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