The Call (the Magnificent 12, Book 1), Paperback

The Call (the Magnificent 12, Book 1) Paperback

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Sometimes one hero isn't enough-sometimes you need a full dozen.

First in a funny, action-packed fantasy series by the New York Times bestselling author of GONE Mack McAvoy is not an unlikely hero.

He is an impossible hero! He is only twelve years old, he has a list of phobias as long as your arm, and he's a bully magnet.

That is, until Mack is visited by a golem. The golem looks exactly like Mack, and has been sent to fill in for him while the real Mack sets out to save the world from the evil Pale Queen.

To do so, he must assemble an elite team of twelve powerful children from all around the world.

The first foe they face is Risky. Risky is pure evil. She gets it from her mother - the Pale Queen - a force of evil to be reckoned with since before medieval times.

Packed with action and humour Magnificent Twelve - The Call ends with a delicious cliffhanger that will have readers craving more.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780007395996



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Rounding up from 2 and a half stars.<br/><br/>Disability tag for two elderly and debilitated characters, both portrayed as grotesque and horrible, even though only one is a bad guy.<br/><br/>Gender-politics tag because the major villains are female, and while there are some neutral-to-positive female characters, this is a great example of the puerocracy/paedocracy at work: 12 year old boy has to defeat the evil females and also decide how much to embrace the good females.<br/><br/>Warning for animal harm (against poisonous snakes) that read as all-too-realistic when compared to later, cartoonishly drawn, battles against high fantasy monsters.<br/><br/>Mack himself is 12, very clever, a smartass, and terrified of a long list of specific things, meaning he isn't at all afraid of the things people usually are. It's charming. He's a good Every-Kid.<br/><br/>Meanwhile, Mack's bodyguard and former bully is a 15 year old blond Adonis named Stefan, who can pass for 21 and who is devoted to Mack. If Mack weren't 12, the slash would write itself. As it is, I could happily read a G-rated romance between them while Jarrah (awesome mixed race Aussie girl) saves the world. Puppy love = adorable.<br/><br/>Anyway, I read this because it was free and decently reviewed among middle school set librarians. The writing is nothing great (and doesn't pretend to be, breaking the 4th wall all the time), but it's a fun little adventure.<br/>

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