Monday, September 6, 2010

The Magnificent 12: The Call - Giveaway

As you all know by now, I am an avid reader and so when I get an opportunity to check out a new series, I jump at the chance.  Add to that the opportunity to host a giveaway for a signed copy to one of my US readers, well I just can't refuse.

Harper Collins is excited to announce the release of  THE MAGNIFICENT 12: THE CALL, the first book in a hilarious new fantasy adventure series by bestselling author Michael Grant. 


Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. Medium parents who barely notice him. With a list of phobias that could make anyone crazy, Mack never would have guessed that he is destined for a more-than-medium life.

And then, one day, something incredibly strange happens to Mack. A three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears in the boys’ bathroom to deliver some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent Twelve, called the Magnifica in ancient times, whatever that means. An evil force is on its way, and it’s up to Mack to track down eleven other twelve-year-olds in order to stop it. He must travel across the world to battle the wicked Pale Queen’s dangerous daughter, Ereskigal—also known as Risky. But Risky sounds a little scary, and Mack doesn’t want to be a hero. Will he answer the call?



MICHAEL GRANT is nothing like Mack MacAvoy. He travels all over the globe, he has a bit of a sarcastic streak, and he secretly suffers from belonephobia, a fear of needles. Seriously: Do not invite him to a sewing bee. Or a tattoo parlor. Okay, fine, maybe he’s a little like Mack MacAvoy.

Michael is the New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series and has written a total of 150 books (yes, you read that right: one hundred and fifty). He wrote most of his books with his wife, Katherine Applegate (K.A.), but the action-packed thrillers in the Gone series are all his. As is his newest series, the Magnificent Twelve, in which he delves into his inner (or, some might say, not so inner) child to create Mack, the unlikeliest of heroes. When Michael isn’t busy writing, he likes to travel, stare blankly at the TV, waste hours clicking aimlessly around the internet, listen to rock music and sing along in a nasal voice, complain, and go out to eat.


-Winner must be in the US and have a non PO box shipping address
-Winner must respond to notification email within 3 days of it being sent or new winner will be chose.


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  1. What a fun series! I'm trying to read more kid books so I'm ready to suggest things to Evan when he's older. (I know; I'm a little ahead.) I was surprise to learn that it won't take twelve books to meet all the Magnificent 12 because you meet three in the first book and two in the second. I would totally stretch it out if I was Grant. j/k maybe

  2. Wow what fun looking series. I would love this for my daughter. I loved the site..looks like a great game that you can play. thanks

  3. This series looks very interesting. I like the variety of creatures--I'm tired of the same old paranormal/fantasy bad guys.

    And am I the only one who is amused by Richard Gere Middle School?

  4. Oh! I've wanted to read this one since I saw it mentioned online!
    Let's interesting fact...."Skirrits may stand as tall as men but don't be mistaken, they are not human".....which certainly explains the bug type creature picture to the right of the explanation....*shudders*

    Thanks for the chance! Happy reading!

  5. +1 - follower of Harper Collins Children! (@GRgenius)



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