Monday, August 29, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - The Magnificent 12


Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born.  


Bookreads Blurb:
Until the 3,000-year-old man appeared in the boys' room, middle-schooler Mack MacAvoy had resigned himself to leading a middling, unexceptional life. That was before the ancient bathroom crasher identified Mack as one of The Magnificent Twelve, a group of talented12-year-olds who have been empowered the save the world. Before they can do that, however, Mack must track down these other special children and prepare to do battle. Action, magic, and laughs.
I LOVE Michael Grant! I've reviewed his amazing GONE series before, but because of my TBR pile, I'm a little late getting to THE MAGNIFICENT TWELVE. So late in fact, that book 2 in the series is due to be released on September 1st!

My favorite thing about this book is Mack's surprising sidekick, the meanest bully in the school who once wanted to pound him. Now Mack is "under his wing". Together, they make a hilarious pair: Mack has a million phobias and his bully manages even the oddest situations with a simple grunt or two, determined to protect Mack from the world.
 
The strong points of this novel are the voice, the humor, the odd cast of characters, and the non-stop adventure. It's a fun one.

*** Others who can be counted on for a great MMGM review each week: ***

Today, Elana Johnson has an MMGM post and a giveaway of Janitors by Ty Whitesides.
 Happy Monday!

27 comments:

Carolyn V said...

Wow, sounds like a great book! I need some more of these for my 11 year-old! He can't seem to find any "good" books to read. I'll add this to the pile and hopefully he will love it! ;)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

This sounds so fun. And I scored it for free for my Kindle a week or so ago.

Jonathon Arntson said...

Michael Grant is a genius and I love every word he writes. Thanks for sharing this title, I keep forgetting to pick it up.

Shari said...

This one sounds great! I'm putting it on my list! Thanks Shannon.

Myrna Foster said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I hadn't heard of this one.

The Golden Eagle said...

After reading the blurb, the first thing that came to mind was I Am Number Four . . . :P

I do like Michael Grant's writing, though. Thank you for the review!

Meredith said...

Who doesn't want to save the world? This looks so cute!

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss shannon! yikes! another cool book i gotta add to my wanna read list. thanks for a neat review.
...hugs from lenny

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm with Lenny - I'm adding this to my wishlist too.

Heather said...

I'm a huge fan of his too (loving the Gone series!) so I'm definitely checking this one out!

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! This sounds like a fab fun book! I love that Mack is partnered with a former bully too - that's just great chemistry there already! Yay!

Thanks for the intro and the review! Take care
x

Jessie Oliveros said...

I read GONE, too. I enjoyed it, but it was intense. This one sounds a little less intense. More fun.

Natalie Aguirre said...

My daughter read Gone too and loved it. I'll have to check this one out.

Jen Daiker said...

What a cute read! I'm also eyeing the book you're currently reading!!! It looks so cute!

theaccidentalnovelist said...

I haven't read any Michael Grant but Gone's been on my list for a while. Guess I have to catch up!

Diane said...

I'm doing a book giveaway at my blog too. MMGM's are everywhere!!!! Hugs and hope you have a good week.

www.dianeestrella.com

Pam Torres said...

Many of my timing issues would be solved if I could just read faster. Amazing how many great books are out there. Thanks for telling us about this one.

Elana Johnson said...

Great recommendation. I'm going to add this one to my list. I like humor in MG.

Barbara Watson said...

There are just too many marvelous books I have not heard about. Thank you for sharing about this one!

Michael G-G said...

This sounds right up my alley!

Thanks, Shannon.

brookerousseau said...

Oh, I think I have this one on my Kindle (obviously, I'm a bit behind in my TBR pile). Sounds great!

Susan R. Mills said...

I love good sidekicks. Sometimes they make the whole book for me. Will definitely add this one to my list.

Grace Fonseca said...

Very nice book review. Like your background very much. New follower. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love.

Joanne Fritz said...

GONE creeped me out, but this one looks like a lot of fun. Great review, Shannon.

It's nice to have power back since Irene took it away, but I have too much to catch up on!

Becca Puglisi said...

This sounds like fun, Shannon. Adding it to my list. I don't read a lot of MG, but I just finished Donna Gephart's How I Survived Middle School, which was very funny. I liked it muchly ;)

Susanne Drazic said...

Sounds like a book middle graders will want to read. I'll have to add both this book and book 2 to my TBR book list.

Rachel Brooks said...

I haven't read this book, but it sounds like a great book for middle-graders. Thanks for sharing!

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