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The Familiar Cover Tatiana Roces
- June 22, 2015
-- Pants on Fire Press is thrilled to announce the acquisition of first-time author Tatiana G. Roces’ delightfully magical young adult novel The Familiar
. The thrilling tale of a 17 year-old shape-shifter juggling the challenges of both a new school and a powerful dark enemy, The Familiar
is sure to please all audiences. Roces spins a tale of friendship, sacrifice, and adventure in her breakout novel that masterfully combines the intrigue of magic and witches with the relatable story of a teenager facing both mundane and supernatural challenges. Roces, a native of the Philippines, received her bachelors degree in Screenwriting from Boston University. After spending several years working in photo editing and research, Roces rekindled her long-time love of children’s literature by settling into a career in children’s educational publishing. In 2013, a mere two years shy of her 40th birthday, Roces decided to tackle her lifelong dream of writing fiction. Six months later she had produced the first in a series of Young Adult Fantasy novels that seamlessly wove together the fruits of her background in education, her love of animals, and her enthralling way with words. The product of those busy six months, The Familiar
, has now officially been acquired by Pants on Fire Press and will undoubtedly cast a spell on young adult readers everywhere upon its release.
On a day that should
have been just like any other, 17 year-old Hazel Smith wakes up naked, disoriented, and bleeding on an unfamiliar kitchen floor… So begins a jolting series of bizarre events that lead Hazel to uncover her family's mystical secret that will change her world forever.
The young “familiar”
is summoned to a unique camp hidden deep in the forest to harness her newfound ability of shape-shifting into animal form. Camp Chameleon instantly offers welcoming friends, intriguing counselors, and a series of challenging activities that help Hazel to grasp her powerful gift. However, when the camp is suddenly threatened by age-old dark forces, Hazel must embrace her evolving power and finally follow in her mother’s legendary footsteps.