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.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Starbounders - Publishers Weekly Announcement

Exciting news! Here is the Publishers Weekly Announcement for our brand new book series, STARBOUNDERS, coming in March 2013. See the full story here. In the second deal, which was for two books, Hoffmann sold North American rights to a tween sci-fi series called Starbounders by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson. Barbara Lalicki at HarperCollins Children’s Books is the acquiring editor. Epstein and Jacobson are the authors of the successful middle-grade fantasy series The Familiars (which is also published by Harper and is currently in development at Sony Animation); Starbounders is about a boy who leaves his quiet suburban home to train at a secret academy called Indigo 8, which produces "starfighters." The first book in the series is scheduled for March 2013.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Familiars Illustrations: Germany and the U.S.

So interesting to see the differences between the artwork in the U.S. version of The Familiars and the foreign translations. Here take a look at the very different interpretations of the scene from Book One when the familiars battle Agdaleen and her Octopot. The first illustration is in the US copy. The second one is in the German version.

German Cover Reveal - Secrets of the Crown

These foreign book covers are always so much fun... especially the German ones! Here's Aldwyn, Skylar, and Gilbert front and center for Animal Wizards: Das Geheimnis der Krone.
Sunshine State Young Readers Award

In exciting news, The Familiars has been nominated for the 2012-2013 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Grades 3-5. We're so excited that young Floridians will be discovering our book series. Hopefully, all those kids who enjoy the first will also love book 2 (The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown) and book 3 (The Familiars: Circle of Heroes.)

Stay tuned later this week for a huge announcement about The Familiars book series!

See the list here.