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Create Your Own Familiar

We've been traveling around the country visiting schools and at each one the students have created their own Familiar Story.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cover Image for The Familiars - Book 1

We just got a peek at the cover of the first book in series. And we're thrilled. We'll be posting it really soon. Hang in there!

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Familiars now on Twitter

Come follow us on Twitter! @the_familiars

The Familiars - the movie announcement in The Hollywood Reporter

Sony snags rights to 'Familiars'

Upcoming children's fantasy book series generating buzz

By Borys Kit

June 10, 2009, 11:00 PM ET

Sony Pictures Animation has picked up the rights to "The Familiars," an upcoming children's fantasy book series written by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson.

Sam Raimi and Josh Donen are in negotiations to produce via their Stars Road Entertainment banner. Epstein and Jacobson also will write the script.

The writers' literary agent, Markus Hoffmann of Regal Literary, submitted a partial manuscript plus a detailed chapter outline for the first book as well as short synopses for the second and third volumes during the Book¬Expo America convention, where HarperCollins Children's pre-emptively acquired North American rights to the series.

The series is said to offer a franchise set in a compelling world rich in detail. In the first book,
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.


The First Announcement in Publishers Weekly

By Rachel Deahl -- Publishers Weekly, 6/4/2009 1:28:00 PM

This week in Page to Screen—PW's weekly column tracking film rights circulating and sold in Hollywood—a YA trilogy gets second-looks and Franzen's first fiction in five years starts chatter.

In a quiet week after the close of BEA Sunday, the one manuscript that all the scouts seem to be talking about is a children's trilogy called The Familiars by Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson. Howie Sanders at UTA is shopping the film rights and, although he confirmed he's been "getting a lot of calls," he's looking to get galleys into producers' hands before closing any deals. Barbara Lalicki at Harper Children's acquired the book over the weekend in a pre-empt from Markus Hoffman at Regal Literary. In the first book, 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.

Sanders said when people read the galley they'll "get a feel for how big this book can be."

Welcome to The Familiars Blog

This is the official blog for The Familiars, a fantasy novel series coming out in September 2010.

These posts will be written by us, the authors, for you, the fans!

Adam and Andrew