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The Call by Michael  Grant
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Feb 13, 2011

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The only thing about Mack McAvoy that's not completely average is the LONG list of phobias he has... so many that he even has a phobia of phobias. The only thing he doesn't seem to be afraid of are the school bullies, and in a bizarre twist, he actually saves the life of Stefan, who is 15 in the 8th grade and the worst bully of all. For this, Stefan says to all that Mack is "Under My Wing." Add to this a nasty looking old man called Grimluk who can stop time while talking to the two boys, and telling Mack that he is the First of the Twelve, and must find the rest of the group to save the world from the Pale Queen, who's been waiting 3,000 years to destroy it. Alternating between Grimluk's experiences with fighting the Pale Queen and her forces thousands of years ago, and Mack's newfound quest in the present, this is a riproaring ride, perfect for Lightning Thief fans! Short and hilarious, this is perfect for 6th grade.

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