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The Magnificent 12: The Key Hardcover – August 21, 2012

Book 3 of 4 in the Magnificent 12 Series

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Charged with gathering a dozen 12-year-olds with (wait for it) “enlightened puissance” to save the planet, multiphobic Mack brings his total up to 7 in this third episode in the Magnificent 12 series. Along the way, he also assembles a key to a magical language, turns the Loch Ness monster from a plesiosaur into a gigantic duck, transports the Eiffel Tower over the Seine, and fends off a variety of monsters. Back home, the dim-witted golem he left to go to school in his place is undergoing considerable character development. The series continues to gather steam, driven by a winning mix of danger, suspense, and daffy doings. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } Grades 5-8. --John Peters

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“The series continues to gather steam, driven by a winning mix of danger, suspense, and daffy doings.” (ALA Booklist)

Praise for The Magnificent 12: The Call: “Grant’s brand of action and humor should satisfy both those readers who get down with fantasy and those who prefer to send it up.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Praise for The Magnificent 12: The Trap: “Grant’s talent for quick dialogue and vivid descriptiosn still shines and will have fans eager for book three.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This third installment in the Magnificent 12 series speeds forward with the help of over-the-top action sequences and rapid, clever dialogue. Action, adventure, fantasy, humor and a glimpse of a potential budding romance are all here, making this a great end-of-summer read.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Magnificent 12 (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061833703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061833700
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Grant was born in a manger.

Okay, no he wasn't. And that was a stupid thing to say. There was no manger. It was a log cabin. A log cabin in Los Angeles.

Or possibly a trailer.

And then while defending his country (technically it was his father, he was just an Army brat,) he moved all over the country and to France and became the incredibly well-educated, well-rounded, well-adjusted . . .

Yeah, okay that last part's a lie, too. The moving everywhere thing is true. But the sad reality is that Michael's a rootless, disconnected, indifferently-educated, sullen, obnoxious, disaffected misanthrope. With no hair. I mean seriously: look at the man's head. Do you see hair? No.

Where was I? I mean he.

Michael Grant is married to Katherine (K.A.) Applegate. They've been together for 30 years. Which doesn't say much for Katherine's judgment does it? And they've been writing for 20 years, sometimes as partners -- BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS, ANIMORPHS, EVERWORLD -- and sometimes on their own.

Michael and Katherine have two kids, Jake 12 and Julia 9. (Feet tall. Get it? 12 feet tall? Ah hah hah. Yeah, okay: not funny.) Anyway, the point is that Michael Grant is the author or co-author of 150 books. Yeah: 150. Most recently the critically-acclaimed GONE and HUNGER.

No, really: critically-acclaimed by VOYA, Booklist, School Library Journal, KLIATT and Publishers Weekly. And best of all by Stephen Freaking KIng himself! Oh, yeah: THE Stephen King. Of course Kirkus dumped on him, but Michael would like to make it clear that Kirkus is in no way a collection of illiterate halfwits. No! Never would Michael say such a thing.

Michael can be reached on Twitter @theFAYZ, or on Facebook as "authorMichaelGrant."

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My son loved it.
Mavhu F. Hargrove
Can't wait for the next book in the series to be published.
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This is perefect reading for both adults and kids.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2013
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Excellent book and a wonderful series. This is perefect reading for both adults and kids. I can't wait for the next one to come out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Moore VINE VOICE on October 8, 2012
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Mack is still trying to assemble the Magnificent 12 when he finds himself captured by a thousand-year-old bad guy in a hidden castle. Needless to say, things are not going to well for Mack. Luckily though, he's not alone and a few Vargran words might help him and the other Magnifica escape and join up with a few more with the Enlightened Puissance. First though, they must find the other half of the key. The key will help them defeat the pale queen...unless they can't get all of the Magnifica recruited. Danger awaits them and they will have to learn to all work together in order to defeat the villains and get to the Pale Queen in order to save the world.

From the very first sentence in this installment, you are swept into a dangerous situation. Mack is on the cusp between life and imminent death. Just because he's the hero, doesn't mean he's immortal. We find the Magnifica in Scotland this time, working to get the second half of the key that will help them stop the Pale Queen. We also see a lot of Mack's golem in this book. He's stuck at home and Risky goes to visit him. Risky isn't a very nice person, so this isn't necessarily a very nice visit. Risky stops by to lay down some evil groundwork so that she may use the golem for her own devices. Mack has a lot on his plate though and can't be bothered to figure out what's going on with his golem. He's too busy trying not to get himself or any of the Magnifica (and Stefan) killed. This proves to be trickier than they originally thought though, because lots of people don't want to see them succeed and all their enemies come to find them.

Again this book was quite humorous. I loved all the footnotes. I'm a huge fan of books that use footnotes in both serious or comical ways. There was a bit of technology name-dropping in this novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paco on January 30, 2013
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I loved this book! Very funny and great plot. I always enjoy the golem's ongoings. I would recommend this to kids and, you know, 14 year olds. It's funny. Quite interesting as well.
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Format: Hardcover
When most people plan a trip to Europe, they envision climbing through old castles, seeing famous sites like the Eiffel Tower or the London Bridge, and sampling the local cuisine. Mack, Jarrah, Xiao, Dietmar, and Stefan, otherwise known as the members of the Magnificent 12, probably would liked to have done those same things. Instead, in their search for how to unlock the magical language of Vargran, their trip to Europe turned out quite differently.

Mack and the Magnifica's trip to Europe was more of a necessity than a luxury. If you recall from the previous two books in the series, the evil Pale Queen escaped her captivity and is intending to destroy the world. The only way to stop her is for the new Magnificent 12 to unite and destroy her. Unfortunately, the Pale Queen's daughter, Risky, decided to get involved and things went south from there. The new members of Magnificent 12 learned that the only way to defeat Risky and the Pale Queen is to learn the ancient magical language, Vargran. The only way to learn Vargran is to locate the magical Key, which is held captive by a burly redheaded Scot who lives in an invisible castle.

Complicated enough?

To make matters worse, Mack also has to deal with the golem, a magical creature that was made to resemble Mack. The golem essentially took over Mack's life when Mack left and the results have been mixed. The golem has been able to fool Mack's parents for the most part but is struggling to maintain the charade at school. The golem occasionally texts Mack for advice on how to handle everyday situations, but with Mack so distracted by fighting and nearly dying all the time, the golem has had to take matters into his own hands.
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Calling everyone with the enlightened puissance to save the world from the evil Pale Queen and Princess Eresigical, and her friends (though she has no friends) call her Risky. They are trying to get the world in their clutches even though Risky is plotting to kill her mom and take over the world and make herself queen. Her mom is bound to a 3000 year old charm that is keeping her from walking normally above ground. Will the magnificent 12 win? Let’s find out!
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By W Gaines on September 19, 2014
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I THINK THIS BOOK IS CRAZY!!! Mack is finding 3 more of the magnificent 12 and messing with risky and old Scottish guys with skeletal minions. This is a book for ages probably 8-100 does not matter how old! This book is full of laughter old, old Scottish guys, and plenty of kid friendly action! THIS IS ONE OF THOSE MY PRECIOUS BOOKS! GET THIS BOOK OR YOU'RE MISSING OUT ON A GREAT BOOK!
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By Amazon Customer on May 28, 2013
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This is book three in a series. My son (age 9) loves these books. He says they are exciting and 'he loved it'. Not read them myself!
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By Tyre Oliphant on April 16, 2013
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If you like fantasy fiction this is the book for you, but if you started with this book you really did need to read the first and the second book.

Also I did like the ending in the book. The only thing I didn't like in this book is that it was a little confusing in the beginning.
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