I listened to the audio version of this book and it was great, but please be sure not to miss the print version and its illustrations. Three familiars - magician's companion animals, carry on the quest undertaken by their masters when the young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia. Gilbert (frog), Skylar (blue jay), and Aldwyn (alley cat) are reminiscent of Harry Potter. Like Harry, Aldwyn is an orphan and knows nothing of magic. Gilbert reminds me of Ron with his bumbling ineptitude, and Skylark is Hermione with her studious command and knowledge of magic, spells, etc. gained through studious reading. "Their magic adventure - an irresistible blend of real heart, edge-of-your-seat action, and laugh-out-loud humor - is an unforgettable celebration of fantasy and friendship.
Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominee 2012-13