Review of The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant

I love when middle grade books aren’t patronizing. I love when children are not beat over the head with the fact that they are not adults and cannot possibly comprehend big words. I love it when authors do not talk down/write down in their books for children. The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant is such a book. It is genuinely funny, even from my adult ivory tower I chuckled quite a bit. What sold me on The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant was the comparison to Monty Python. Now, I know the blurbs they put on a book are supposed to be enticing, they are supposed to make you want the book. BUT, how many middle schoolers know what Monty Python is? Really. If I was to scream BUT NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISTION at an eighth grader, would they understand me? Probably not.

Mack MacAvoy is our intrepid hero. He is twelve and is fairly average, or as The Maginificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant would say, has a case of mediumness. He is afraid of heights, the dark, enclosed spaces, but fearless in the face of bullies. The school Mack goes to has bullies for every clique. That passage in the book, BTW, is very very funny. Of course, Mack runs afowl of the bullies, and is about to get creamed when he actually winds up saving the king of the bullies, Stefan, thus coming under Stefan’s protection. More craziness ensues, Mack gets a golem in his image, meets a crazy old dude named  Grimluk AND discovers he is one of the Magnificent 12 and must find the rest of the 12 to defeat the villain.

Instead of my usual rumination, I thought I would let the text of The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant speak for itself, as I have lots of pages folded with quotes that I laughed my face off at, having all the humor of a 12 year old.

“But 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.” – pg. 4

You had me at the LOTR reference.

“Grimluk wasn’t sure. He didn’t know what a mummer’s game might be, and millennia would pass slowly by before Google would be created to answer questions such as this.” pg. 86

Ah, snark after my own heart.

“Of course he can text. He’s golem,’ Rose said, ‘not an adult.'” pg. 94

LOLOLOLOL. Yeah, my parents can’t text. Granted, I am an adult, but still.

“One of the rules of Great Literature is: show, don’t tell. But one of the other rules of Great Literature is: don’t go on and on with boring scenes where nothing happens but a lot of talking.” pg. 140

True dat.

Check out the official website for the Magnificent 12 Here.

Other Books by Michael Grant:

Gone

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. That second quotation is priceless! There's a similarity to Terry Pratchett there, which is great.

    I can only echo what you said first, not talking down to children etc. It's important to keep their interest.

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