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.

Friday, January 8, 2010

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."