The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
“In the beginning of this book, Aldwyn, a young alley cat, is being chased by a bounty hunter for having stolen fish from the fish market (which Aldwyn really did not think was that big of a deal.) Running through the streets of Bridgetower, Aldwyn finds a street that he has never seen. He sees some very strange things on this street, like an elderly lady selling dead flowers. Who would want to buy dead flowers, Aldwyn thinks. Suddenly he is aware of his surroundings and realizes that the bounty hunter is right beside him. Aldwyn sees an open window and jumps in. He realizes that this is a pet shop with mysterious kinds of creatures. Moments later, Jack, a young wizard in training, chooses Aldwyn for his familiar (a wizard’s magical companion animal), not realizing that Aldwyn has no magic powers… or does he? I really recommend the first book in The Familiars series for people who love Warriors or Harry Potter.”
Elliot Ingle, age 9
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