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THE CALL by Michael Grant Kirkus Star

THE CALL

From the Magnificent 12 series, volume 1

By Michael Grant

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-183366-3
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins

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)