The Call (Magnificent 12 Series #1)

The Call (Magnificent 12 Series #1)

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by Michael Grant
     
 

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Sometimes One Hero Isn’t Enough

Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. And 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 a three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears and delivers some startling

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Sometimes One Hero Isn’t Enough

Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. And 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 a three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears and delivers some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent 12. An evil force is on its way and it’s up to Mack to track down eleven other twelve-year-olds to stop it. He will battle the wicked 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?

Editorial Reviews

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."
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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061833670
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/26/2011
Series:
Magnificent 12 Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
366,807
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

What People are saying about this

Morning Call
“A laugh-out-loud story full of adventure and magic great for grades 4-7.”

Meet the Author

Michael Grant, author of the Gone series and the Magnificent Twelve series, 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. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.

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kim-galleria More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books on my nook. The way way it is writen, with a balance of action and comedy feels alot like Percy Jackson. I definetly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new series to start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great and fun story. I hope you enjoy it as much as myself and my family did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is going to be an awsome adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And michael grant did such a good bono can't wait to get the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i ever read,but sad 2nd book is $9.99, wish it was free
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read sample never thought I would like it but I loved it
Pat Kezele More than 1 year ago
Great book. I recomend it!!! ;)
Psydonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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ASU ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!
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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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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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Very fast paced
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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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The golem is hilarious!