About the Author
Bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Avner graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television. After working in Manhattan with Academy Award-winning producer David Brown, Avner relocated to Los Angeles to develop his own original material. He’s written, directed, and produced short films for The Walt Disney Company, including subsidiaries Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Bicoastal between California and New Jersey, he’s currently penning his next novel.
“A charming and engaging fantasy with characters readers will love and a strong positive message.”
A story that evokes beloved films
such as 'Babe' and 'Ratatouille'
Alicía Catalina Cortés is a fast and fiery Spanish cow who desperately wants to run with the bulls in Pamplona—but since she’s a cow, tradition forbids her to partake in the fiesta of San Fermín. Through her journey, Alicía learns that to be noble and brave, she must follow her dream and her heart, even if it means defying tradition.
Toro is set in the colorful backdrop of Pamplona, Spain during the fiesta of San Fermín and the running of the bulls, famed as one of the most exhilarating, dangerous, and spectacular events around the world. Ultimately, it’s a heartfelt, coming-of-age fable told from the cattle’s point of view. Like Charlotte’s Web, The Jungle Book, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, anthropomorphic talking animals drive the narrative. The first in a projected three-book series, Toro is a middle grade fiction novel.
A rich blend of genres in which
‘Treasure Island’ meets ‘Dracula’
At the dawn of the Second Age of Atlas, when Atlantis prospers and distant lands hide in secret corners of the earth, the fate of the future depends upon a bereaved boy named Albion Seraph, who ventures to bring his deceased mother, Atherielle, back from the afterlife.
In his search for Gravitis, a forbidden realm that harbors the power to resurrect the dead, Albion allies himself with Blackburn and the Pyrates of Blood Bay, only to awaken Delphina, Duchess of De Spair, an ancient vampiress who curses them, turning them into Vampyrates—half-vampires, half-pirates—the first of their kind to sail the Nine Seas.
To lift the curse, revive Atherielle, and save Atlantis, Albion and the Vampyrates require four mysterious keys—the very keys Delphina needs to destroy Atlantis and reign supreme over a world consumed by the Darkness.