Monday, October 03, 2011

A Serious Case of Medium-ness!

The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant

Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of medium-ness. He has medium grades, medium looks, medium parents, and a medium school with a severe side of the bullies. Mack’s favourite hobby is to provoke bullies and then flee from them. This is surprising considering his long list of fears and phobias.

And then one day things change for Mack and he will never be medium again! A three-thousand-year-old man, Grimluk, appears to tell Mack that he is one of the Magnificent 12. It is up to Mack to track down eleven other 12 year olds to stop the evil force that is going to eat up the world. Mack must battle the wicked Princess Ereskigal…

This series will have boys (and parents) laughing at Mack’s hilarious escapades and quest. In some ways this book reminded me of early Gordon Korman books that I read in grade 5, however Mack is a character and in a situation that is totally original. Good for a laugh and especially good for reluctant boy readers.
- Bronwyn

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