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Michael Grant’s middle-grade series is a huge hit with fans of fantasy adventure. The 12 year-old protagonist, Mack, is a loveable, relatable hero—a kid whose ordinary life is turned upside down by some unexpected news. When this regular kid is greeted by a 3,000 year-old man who reveals that Mack is actually part of an ancient group of 12 “Magnifica,” the adventure begins. Mack must search for the 11 other members of his group, as they join forces to fight a mysterious evil queen. But unlike some other less-playful adventure series, The Magnificent 12 is laugh-out-loud funny, peppering the thrills with a lot of kid-friendly humor.


This special free edition contains a sneak peek at The Magnificent 12: The Trap, available for pre-order now.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Michael Grant recommends:



"One of my favorite series is Animorphs.  A group of kids are given the power to turn into animals and use that power to fight a secret alien invasion. Those kids call themselves “Animorphs”. KA Applegate's simple concept ended up spawning more than sixty books. Animorphs sets the standard for middle-grade action series because the books are intense, realistic, funny and mind-blowing."



NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Michael Grant” to download his bestselling books.

by Phoenix_80 on ‎08-12-2011 08:11 AM

Sweet! I'm almost 31 but I find myself continuously drawn to MG/YA fiction, particularly Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal. I don't know WHY I prefer this genre/age group, but I love it so much that I don't really care. I'll be adding this to my MASSIVE collection of First-In-Series that I have on my Nook. I also love book series. I'm ever so grateful for the invention of eBooks. It's saved me from a certain fate of being crushed to death by stacks and stacks of books...rambly comment over! 

by Eros-Ashima on ‎08-12-2011 08:11 AM

Thanks for another great Free Friday book! I hope this is one I can read to my grandson. I really appreciate these books, they make me recommend the Nook to everyone.

by slferguson on ‎08-12-2011 08:52 AM

I agree with Phoenix_80!  I'm way older, but I enjoy this age of books - especially the SciFi/Fantasy - maybe because it's not so much over the top like some of the adult fiction. 

Anyway, it's great!  I always recommend Nook to everyone and always mention the Fre Fridays.  It's a great incentive.

by spec on ‎08-12-2011 08:55 AM

Couple of other freebies that popped up this week:

Sons and Princes by James Lepore (Suspence novel, good reviews)

H When Hell is the Favourable Option by David C Jaundrell (another suspence novel, mixed reviews)

Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy by Dev Patnaik (it's a business book, title should be self explanatory)

Football Genius with Bonus Material by Tim Green (Chilren's fiction, good reviews)


Bonus Material in Football Genius are excerpts from Tim Green's other books: Football HeroBaseball GreatFootball Champ , The Big TimeRivals , Best of the Best  and Deep Zone - all of those are NOT FREE obviously.

by Ya_Ya on ‎08-12-2011 08:55 AM

And again, not yet 9AM and 25+ off-topic non-reviews because the immature adult customers don't understand the concept of a book review.  


Thank you, Jeremy & B&N, for trying to accomodate all of your NOOK owners with varying genres each week, including an occasional book aimed at the 'tweens.


As a 35-year-old woman I see no shame in admitting that I occasionally read YA books.  The popularity of Harry Potter certainly suggests that I'm not alone...

by MaleficentIL on ‎08-12-2011 09:19 AM

I was actually hoping for something new.  I am very, very grateful for all the free books we get on Fridays; but, while I don't want to complain or get any backlash from everyone, this book has been available all week for free on every single eBook website available (even at B&N). 

by Ya_Ya on ‎08-12-2011 09:40 AM

@Maleficent, Free Friday books are usually available free before the Friday they are highlighted and generally remain free at least through the weekend.  The situation you describe is not uncommon, and it's actually rare that the Free Friday book isn't free by at least the Wednesday or Thursday before it's highlighted.


This is a HarperCollins title, so of course if it's free at B&N it will be free everywhere else; the HC contracts with each bookseller require that.  There can be no vendor price variance, as HC actually "sells" this book, not B&N, Amazon, Kobo, Sony et al...


For the record, I also think that this blog is the place to voice one's opinion of the choice of highlighted book - positive or negative, if one feels compelled to do so.  My annoyance is with those who feel that the book review is the place for that.

by sirwillard ‎08-12-2011 09:45 AM - edited ‎08-12-2011 09:47 AM

Free Fridays are not advertised as "newly free today". They very often have been free prior to the Friday they appear. They are just show cased on that friday. So, sorry, MaleficentIL, that's not how Free Fridays work.


I agree with Ya_Ya. The misuse of the book reviews has grown out of hand. Not only are there way too many people using it to complain the book wasn't a Free Friday they were interested in (without even having read the book, I might add), but then you have at least as many other idiots writing their own review that complains about these negative reviews (also without having read the book, and unbelievably the majority of these seem to have 1 star ratings as well). This poor book has a low 3 star rating, no reviews that are helpful to anyone and little chance of recovering from today. There really needs to be a way to deal with these off topic reviews.

by mom2boys2 on ‎08-12-2011 10:01 AM

Love Free Fridays! Downloaded this for my 11 year old......but I too have to admit I've been getting a lot of the YA books and have really enjoyed them.

Thanks again B&N.....without this I would miss alot of the free titles. I waste enough time on the computer....I like having titles highlighted for me.

by MaleficentIL ‎08-12-2011 10:09 AM - edited ‎08-12-2011 11:17 AM

I agree with you, sirwillard, and Ya-Ya about the reviews.  That is why I posted my comment/feeling here and not where the book is being rated.  I would never presume to judge/rate a book if I hadn't already read it.  It was just a little disappointing that my Free Book Friday actually happened on Monday instead of today.  I always appreciate and look forward to Free Book Fridays and always will!!!!

by capriccio on ‎08-12-2011 10:20 AM

Thanks for offering a YA selection this week!  My 9yr old got his first Nook this summer and it has really increased his enjoyment and volume of reading.  He's very excited to have a free download this week.

by Reincarnation on ‎08-12-2011 10:53 AM

B&N, thanks but I'll decline, not my cup of tea. Hope it fits others readers. My Nook will look forward to next week. Happy reading!

by ReadQueen on ‎08-12-2011 11:56 AM



The link in your post that should belong to the book  H is when Hell....goes to the book Football Genius.



by seelenfisch on ‎08-12-2011 01:36 PM

My kids will enjoy this Free Friday. And thanks spec for the link to Football Genius...they'll like that one, too.

by Anod on ‎08-12-2011 01:42 PM

I am 86 years old and do not like to read childrens books..........  Dona McDonald