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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Phobias and Heroism Galore!

The Call by Michael Grant (Book 1 The Magnificent 12)

Mack MacAvoy is an ordinary 12-year-old kid, with a long list of phobias from dentophobia (fear of dentists) to phobophobia (fear of phobias). The one thing that he's not afraid of is trouble. When he saves the life of Stefan, one of the school bullies (there's one for every social group), Mack's life takes an unexpected turn.

Grimluk is another 12-year-old from a very, very, very long time ago. He is known as one of the Magnifica. He and eleven others must defeat the Pale Queen before she destroys the Earth. During the ensuing battle, she is only imprisoned for 3000 years.

Now that 3000-year end date is close at hand, and it's up to Mack to find the other eleven 12-year-olds to bring together The Magnificent 12 and defeat the Pale Queen once and for all. Lots of obstacles stand in thier way, including the Pale Queen's daughter, Princess Ereskigal, and her many many minions.

A laugh-out-loud adventure that alternates the story between Mack in present day and Grimluk way, way, way back when. Michael Grant has created very relatable characters (the human ones at least) and hilarious situations in a great new series. Book Two will be coming out in Fall 2011. If you like this, I also recommend the Nathan Ambercrombie Series by David Lubar or vice versa.


Ages 9-12
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (August 2010)
ISBN: 9780061833663 
Available as an eBook

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