Teach The Magnificent 12 in the classroom!

With so many diverse members in The Magnificent Twelve team, there's a character everyone can relate to and learn from. Whether Mack and his team are traveling to historical locations, fighting terrible evil, or discovering what it means to be a hero, The Magnificent 12 offers plenty of opportunities for lessons and discussions. In this section find essay questions, discussion questions, and material on the fascinating locales in the books.

1. Mack MacAvoy is the last person you’d ever expect to become a hero. Mack is an odd mix of brave and fearful. He stands up to bullies but is hysterically afraid of puppets, needles, blue cheese, being buried alive, sharks, and a host of other phobias. Write about a time in your life when you were brave. Write also about a time when you were chicken. Are there some things that other people aren’t scared of that terrify you? Are there other things that scare your friends but don’t bother you at all?

2. Imagine you are setting off on a treacherous expedition. You have one month to save the world—and it’s not going to be easy. Luckily, you get to take eleven people along with you. Who would you choose to be by your side? Your eleven companions can be real people, historical figures, or characters from any books. Write about why you picked each of your eleven choices. What will each contribute to your mission? What role will each play?

3. A golem takes over Mack’s home life while he goes off to save the world. If you could have a golem replace you at home for one week, what would you do? Where would you go? What would you see? Do you think your parents would notice?