The Resource The call, Michael Grant

The call, Michael Grant

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The call
Title
The call
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Michael Grant
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Language
eng
Summary
A seemingly average twelve-year-old learns that he is destined to gather a team of similarly gifted children to try to save the world from a nameless evil, which is threatening to reappear after having been imprisoned for three thousand years
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Review
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed August 23, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 33, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ 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)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
372200
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Grant, Michael
Index
no index present
Intended audience
710L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 12
Reading level
4.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
  • The Magnificent 12. 1
  • The Magnificent Twelve. 1
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Good and evil
  • Reading (Middle school)
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The call, Michael Grant
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780061833670
Lccn
2009044815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The call, Michael Grant
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780061833670
Lccn
2009044815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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