The Call (Magnificent 12 Series #1)

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Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. Medium parents who barely notice him. With a list of phobias that could make anyone crazy, Mack never would have guessed that he is destined for a more-than-medium life.

And then, one day, something incredibly strange happens to Mack. A three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears in the boys' bathroom to deliver some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent Twelve, ...

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. Medium parents who barely notice him. With a list of phobias that could make anyone crazy, Mack never would have guessed that he is destined for a more-than-medium life.

And then, one day, something incredibly strange happens to Mack. A three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears in the boys' bathroom to deliver some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent Twelve, called the Magnifica in ancient times, whatever that means. An evil force is on its way, and it's up to Mack to track down eleven other twelve-year-olds in order to stop it. He must travel across the world to battle the wicked Pale Queen's dangerous daughter, Ereskigal—also known as Risky. But Risky sounds a little scary, and Mack doesn't want to be a hero. Will he answer the call?

A laugh-out-loud story filled with excitement and magic, The Magnificent Twelve: The Call is the first book in bestselling author Michael Grant's hilarious new fantasy adventure series.

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Until the 3,000-year-old man appeared in the boys' room, middle-schooler Mack MacAvoy had resigned himself to leading a middling, unexceptional life. That was before the ancient bathroom crasher identified Mack as one of The Magnificent Twelve, a group of talented12-year-olds who have been empowered the save the world. Before they can do that, however, Mack must track down these other special children and prepare to do battle. Action, magic, and laughs.
Publishers Weekly
Grant, author of the Gone series, takes a comedic turn, launching the middle-grade Magnificent 12 series about a boy with multiple phobias forced to help save the world. After saving the life of the school's toughest bully, 12-year-old Mack, who fears everything from spiders to the ocean, is visited by the ancient wizard Grimluk, who charges Mack with gathering the "Magnifica," a group of 12 magical 12-year-olds who can defeat the ancient Pale Queen and her daughter. Mack's adventures take him to Australia (a flight that triggers many of Mack's phobias) and alternate with flashbacks to Grimluk's original battle against the Pale Queen. Mack's bully baiting and dispatching of poisonous snakes down the garbage disposal don't exactly emphasize his unlikely heroism, but the story's abundant action and humor--from the rampant ignorance of Grimluk's day (when the very notion of a number greater than 11 baffled most folks) to the diary dispatches of the scene-stealing golem who takes Mack's place at home and in school ("Dear Mack, Did you know that you cannot eat cats? Each day I learn a little more")--should win over readers. Ages 10–up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy spends each and every day at school being average until two incredible things happen. First, the biggest bully in school becomes his companion. Next, an old man named Grimluk informs Mack that he is one of the Magnificent Twelve, destined to be a hero and stop the evil Pale Queen. Now Mack and his new buddy, Stefan, must form a league to save the world. Of course, our hero is a tad immature to be venturing all over the world 3,000 years ago, especially when he has more phobias than socks and no way to hide his disappearance. Oh yes, he also has his own golem which changes form to become his exact double. The golem adds comic relief throughout the book as Mack takes the more serious role of fighting Risky, the evil daughter of the Pale Queen. As the story flashes back and forth from present to past, the reader must pay close attention to the story line, to avoid becoming confused Grant creates lovable characters. Even the bully, Stefan, can make the reader laugh and sympathize with his wild perils as he protects Mack. This book definitely reads as part of a series because we only get a taste of the plot and a lot is left to the imagination. It seems more targeted to boys, but there is a strong female character that would appeal to girls. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
Kirkus Reviews

The first book in Grant's new series, The Magnificent 12, introduces unlikely hero Mack, who has "a serious case of mediumness" and a vast array of phobias. Enter Grimluk, a 3,000-year-old man who informs Mack that he is to be the first of the new Magnifica, a group of 12 kids who must join their talents and inherited-yet-unknown powers to fight the evil Pale Queen and her vicious daughter. Reluctant and frankly freaked out by this news, Mack and former bully, now guardian friend Stefan team up to evade deadly attentions from a seriously creepy set of insect-like monsters and demonic elves. The author keeps the story moving at a brisk pace with suspenseful action and laugh-out-loud humor. The juxtaposition of chapters that recount Grimluk's ancient adventures in times when math wasn't even invented against those when the young protagonist is equipped with an iPhone and receives text messages from his golem produces a lighter-than-usual fantasy action-adventure that is sure to win many fans and fly off the shelves. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Morning Call
“A laugh-out-loud story full of adventure and magic great for grades 4-7.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Grant’s brand of action and humor should satisfy both those readers who get down with fantasy and those who prefer to send it up.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Grant’s brand of action and humor should satisfy both those readers who get down with fantasy and those who prefer to send it up."
Booklist (starred review)
“A terrific start, with an elaborate website festooned with games and contests to ease the wait for sequels.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Grant’s brand of action and humor should satisfy both those readers who get down with fantasy and those who prefer to send it up.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Grant’s brand of action and humor should satisfy both those readers who get down with fantasy and those who prefer to send it up.”
Booklist
"A terrific start, with an elaborate website festooned with games and contests to ease the wait for sequels."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061833663
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Series: Magnificent 12 Series , #1
  • Pages: 243
  • Sales rank: 473,451
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Grant

Michael Grant has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His fondest dream is to spend a year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. Michael is the author of the bestselling Gone series. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    Percy Jackson meets Wimpy Kid- Mack must save the world from the pale queen

    Mack is a kid who is afraid of everything but mainly about getting beat up by the school bully. He ends up saving the bully who now becomes his bodyguard and it is a good thing because he needs one if he is going to find the other Magnifica and save the world from certain destruction from the Pale Queen. This series is as funny and action packed as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and as goofy as Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Kids will identify with the characters and will read this book cover to cover in one sitting. Can't wait for the next installment.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Fun and page turning

    I've been reading this as a bedtime read-aloud with my son. It's so well written that I have forbade him to read ahead without me! Now we both get excited for bedtime because it means we get to read another two chapters (1 is never enough & it tough even putting it down after two!). :) I especially love the Golem's letters and the author's amusing interjections that keep it from getting too intense or super serious. Definitely recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    Awesim Awesome Book

    Great book. I recomend it!!! ;)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Awesome Story

    This is a great and fun story. I hope you enjoy it as much as myself and my family did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    STUNDENT AT Student in Puyallup, WA

    I think this is going to be an awsome adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    This was such a good book because when the golem scraped out his stomach it was so funny

    And michael grant did such a good bono can't wait to get the third book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    LOVE IT

    Best book i ever read,but sad 2nd book is $9.99, wish it was free

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Love it

    Read sample never thought I would like it but I loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Strange

    I thought it was strange how they switched times. Why???

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    It was epic

    It was my first nook book andd the best 12 stars

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    Hilarious Book - for Young And Old

    This is book is a hilarious story written for 10-13 year olds, but would be great for all ages. The plot line is slightly convoluted and hard to follow in the beginning, but it smoothes out over time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    DO NOT READ IT BECAUSE

    BECAUSE IT IS DUMB AND IT GOSE IN AND OUT OF THE PAST!AND AT THE START MILD AND END OF THE BOOK SAYING BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Wow! Amazing!

    I just finished this hilarious book by Michael Grant,and i loved it! There is never apart in this book where you're not either cracking up or on your toes. If you need a but short book to read, The Magnificent Twelve series are the books to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Good

    Very fast paced

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Well...

    Okay, this book is funny. But, it was kind of "out there." It was really hard to understand and I almost quit reading it. I liked it, but I don't think I'll be reading any more of this series.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Good Book

    It's a good book. When I first heard of this book it was love at first sight.It's a good book for people who love fantasies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Cool

    I thought this book would be horrible but I loved it!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The golem is hilarious!

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    Funny and Action Packed!!

    If you've got a twelve year old (or so), this is a great book for them. It just hooks you right in! I love the humor. That really makes the story fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Best book ev¿r

    At first it looked stuiped but i started to read it and the first few pages were sooooo funny andyou know when u are realy in a book 1: when your gav charecter dies u hurl it acroos the room 2:you talk to the book when it dosnt go the way you want it to and 3;the book makes u cry (well depends on the book) some and lagh some

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