Monday, September 27, 2010

Michael Grant and The Magnificent 12

Michael Grant visited our school last week to talk to the our 4th and 5th graders about his new series, THE MAGNIFICENT 12.  If you haven't seen the series, yet, the first book (The Call) came out in late August.

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!
Michael Grant's talk to our students was amazing. If you ever have a chance to hear him speak or to have him at your school, it is quite a treat.  His talk was about 20 minutes and hysterically funny.  He seems to totally understand this age group and creates a talk that keeps them engaged and excited about the book.  Following the talk, he autographed books.  George from the Dublin Library joined us so that he could hear the talk by Michael Grant and pick up a few copies of the book!

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'.

5 comments:

  1. That's quite a trailer! I have often heard students ask authors about their role in determining the cover of their books... I wonder if the students saw this trailer before the author showed up and if they asked him what he thought of it?

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  2. Hi Jessica:-) They had seen the trailer and he showed it again at the beginning of his talk. Th kids had lots of questions about how it was made, whether he made it, etc. They also asked similar questions about his involvement in the website design. The trailer is definitely amazing--as is the website. Really hooked the kids from the start.

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  3. Hi Jessica:-) They had seen the trailer and he showed it again at the beginning of his talk. Th kids had lots of questions about how it was made, whether he made it, etc. They also asked similar questions about his involvement in the website design. The trailer is definitely amazing--as is the website. Really hooked the kids from the start.

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  4. I have such high hopes for this series - so funny, so appealing, good for boys, good for girls. Grant is a riot, isn't he? Lucky you getting him in on an author visit!

    :paula

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  5. Franki and Mary Lee,

    Just showed this trailer to our 4-5's here in Bangkok, and they loved it. At the end, one girl whipped out her Kindle and downloaded the sample. So powerful to see this.

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