Book Review: The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant

Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. Medium parents who barely notice him.With a list of phobias that could make anyone crazy, Mack never would have guessed that he is destined for a more-than-medium life.

And then, one day, something incredibly strange happens to Mack. A three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears in the boys’ bathroom to deliver some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent Twelve, called the Magnifica in ancient times, whatever that means. An evil force is on its way, and it’s up to Mack to track down eleven other twelve-year-olds in order to stop it. He must travel across the world to battle the wicked Pale Queen’s dangerous daughter, Ereskigal–also known as Risky. But Risky sounds a little scary, and Mack doesn’t want to be a hero. Will he answer the call?

This is a right little adventure of a book, it’s unexpectedly funny, and takes you on a journey you would never have seen coming.

Mack is a kid who has so many phobias that I was surprised he managed to function daily. Despite all of his fears, he lacks the ability to stand down to bullies. This trait in a school where bullies come together to torture their classmates is quite a foolish one to have. However, this one seems to work in his favor because of course, Mack is a hero…of sorts.

Interwoven with Mack’s story is another character named Grimluk who has already been through the trials ahead of Mack. His story served to provide the readers with a bit of background and to let us know what will be in Mack’s future. Ultimately we find that Mack must defeat the evil Pale Queen’s daughter, as well as the Pale Queen herself, by rallying the Magnificent 12.

Known as the Magnifica, these individuals as well as Mack himself, each possess a certain quality that will help them defeat the Pale Queen. Although I often wondered how Mack would be able to defeat the Queen, once I got a taste of what he alone was capable of, by just uttering a few words, I found that the twelve Magnifca once rallied together would be a force to be reckoned with.

Although seemingly ordinary, Mack proves to be more than meets the eye. He shows courage and perseverance in the face of trouble, and before the book is up he will meet certain phobias head on and through his struggles you will find a few giggles escaping you.

The Call (The Magnificent 12, #1)

The Call by Michael Grant
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars




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