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The Call by Michael  Grant
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Aug 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, middle-grade, urban-fantasy
Read from August 13 to 18, 2011

A fun read which should appeal to boys in the 8-12 range.

David "Mack" MacAvoy is a 12-year-old boy with a lot of problems. He is targeted by Stefan, the school's uber bully ("there was one bully to rule them all, one bully to find them, one bully to bring them all and in the darkness pound them" in a great Lord of the Rings riff). He suffers a variety of phobias. And he is destined to gather a group of kids, the Magnificent 12, to battle the dread Pale Queen who was imprisoned in the underworld for eternity or three thousand years, which ever comes first. Soon she will be "loosed in all her fury, all her rage, all her sphincter-clenching, heart-clutching, throat-gobbling, spit-drying, blood-freezing, bowel-loosening terror!"

The story is fast-paced and funny.

One LOL moment:
"You are called, young hero. Called! To save the world from the nameless evil."
"What's the name of this nameless evil?" Mack asked.
"The Pale Queen! But we name her not."
"You just did."

The story ends a bit abruptly, but presumably the second book in the series starts off when this one ends.

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