The Familiars

The Familiars

Book - 2010
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"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 their thrilling quest across the land, the familiars will 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-of-your seat action, and laugh-aloud humor--is an unforgettable tale of fantasy and friendship." --Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION EPS
Characteristics: 360 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm


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EverythingTouches Jul 05, 2018

Fast paced, adventurous, cute animals, with a little magic. I say: what is there not to like for a 3rd-4th grader who likes fantasy?

Mar 10, 2018

Pure Awesomeness, Magical and Wild, Never seen anything like it! Twist-ending and a great page turner!

Jul 31, 2016

this is a good book i liked it based it was based on a cat
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This book is awesome.I like that this is a book about an animals point of view for once.I also liked that the animals could also do magic.I also like cats so I like Aldwyn the main character.

Jan 01, 2016

An outstanding book! It keeps you busy for a week or two, and you still will be dying to finish it and get the next book! when I finished it during my trip back from Ashville, I couldn't wait to get the next book!

-David, age 8.

Jun 13, 2014

Really great book! Just the right amount of fantasy and action. I highly recommend it.

Apr 28, 2014

best book ever. i love the series. i have read all of them i did a report on the author of the book :-) bestest book EVER!

Oct 26, 2013

really good

Sep 05, 2013

read the 2nd book i'm getting the 1st and 3rd book! They seem good!

lakevilla_IDOL Jul 30, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book. It takes you through the wizarding world first-hand to a familiar. Three familiars throughout the book show true friendship, trust, and loyalty to their owners. This is a great page-turner and I really reccomend it!

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Jul 22, 2014

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, 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 a terrible evil, it will take all of Aldwyn’s street smarts, a few good friends, and a nose for adventure to save the day!

Nov 21, 2013

When young alley cat Aldwyn gets chased into a pet shop by a mysterious exterminator named Grimslade, he finds himself picked as the "familiar" of a wizard in-training, named Jack. Then, when the queen of the land turns evil, Jack and two other wizards disappear. Aldwyn, along with the know it-all female blue jay named Skylar, and the ever-hungry male tree frog Gilbert, trek across spooky forests, cursed mountaintops, and down stairs where seven-headed dragons serve as watchdogs, they find the captured wizards. But they all soon find out that another familiar is the source of evil...


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'Us how' asked Aldwyn in disbelief.'We're just a bunch of familiars' added Gilbert.Even Skylar had a look of uncertainty on her face.'I see the worry on your faces but fear not Heroism appears in many forms said Kalstaff.Not always man or women but also fur feather and tongue'.


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