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The Call by Michael  Grant
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Jun 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, humor
Read in June, 2010

This is a great book for kids who like fantasy/adventure mixed with some laugh-out-loud humor. In this book we have an unlikely hero, 12-year old Mack, who suffers from "a severe case of mediumness." Except for his phobias--he has so many of them that he even has a phobia of phobias. But one day, Mack is called upon by a funny-looking old man who appears in his middle-school bathroom to join The Magnificent 12, whose mission is to save the world from the evil force of the "Pale Queen." The book alternates between Mack's story and flashbacks to the story of Grimluk, who originally fought the evil Pale Queen and imprisoned her forever, or 3,000 years. The 3,000 years are up....can Mack help save the world? Highly recommended for boys and girls ages 10 and up. There's also an interactive website attached to the books (www.themag12.com). The slapstick style of this book bears pretty much no resemblance to Grant's YA dystopian series that starts with Gone. In fact, I would never have realized it's by the same author if it weren't for the name on the cover!
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