This is a great new series that I am excited about! I read an ARC of the book this summer and when Cover to Cover asked if we'd like to have Grant visit with our kids, I was thrilled. (Thank you Cover to Cover!)
The first book in a series sets up the story. Mack MacAvoy is your average 12 year old kid. But he is also someone who seems to get in trouble with bullies often. One day at school. Mack is visited by someone who tells him that he is one of the Magnificent 12 and that he must find the other 11 kids who will make up the Magnificent 12 and save the world.
The humor in this book is the best. Michael Grant does a great job of making this funny to readers of all ages. The thing about his humor is that it is spread throughout the book and it is that surprising, laugh out loud humor. I found myself laughing aloud several times while I was reading it.
|George from the Dublin Branch Library shows off his new books!|
The book has a great website that has some great features. I think fantasy is often new to readers of this age. Creating a visual of the various settings and characters is sometimes hard. The website provides info and reminders about these characters that are helpful when reading (and amusing too). Lots of other features make the site appealing to kids.
Our 4th and 5th graders love this series and are already looking forward to the 2nd in the series that comes out next August.
The book trailer gives gives you a sense of the book too.
You can read more about the Magnificent 12 from Bill at Literate Lives and from Tony at Learn Me Sumthin'.