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Michael Grant enters THE TRAP

Author Michael Grant will be in Illinois and California later this month chatting with readers about THE TRAP, the hilarious second book in his Magnificent 12 series. So, be a Hero and join him on tour . . . where you may or may not have the chance to sample fried scorpions on a stick!

September 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM


123 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540

September 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM


1030 Bonita Avenue, La Verne, CA 91750

Mag 12 Blog Tour: Final Stop

So you think you’re smart enough to guess the 8 mystery destinations in The Magnificent 12: The Trap? We’ll see about that, Heroes. (If you just showed up here and have no idea what we’re talking about, then keep reading.)

Michael Grant introduced characters new and old from the world of The Magnificent 12 and gave sneak peeks into their adventures in THE TRAP on 8 different blogs. Each blog post also revealed a clue about a worldly location that the Magnificent Twelve visit in THE TRAP. You’ve reached the final stop on the tour, where you can guess all 8 locations for a chance to win signed copies of the first two books in the Magnificent 12 series: THE CALL and THE TRAP!

We rounded up the clues for you below. To place your guesses, copy and paste the content below, adding the name of the destination to the end of each clue into an email and send to Guesses must be emailed by Thursday, September 8th at midnight and we will let you know if you’re a winner on Friday, September 9th. So get searching!

Clue: THE TRAP location #1: If you’re in Beijing, China and craving deep-fried crickets, centipedes, and lizards for dinner, this is the place to go. Hint: it’s not McDonald’s!

Clue: THE TRAP location #2: With 9,999 rooms, this is the world’s largest surviving palace complex. For 9,999 bonus points, memorize a map of this place. (Note: We lied—there aren’t any bonus points. But if you still want to memorize a map of 9,999 rooms . . . you’re crazy.)

Clue: THE TRAP location #3: People say you can see this Chinese monument from space. We’ve never been to space, so we can’t say for sure if that’s true, but it’s definitely HUGE. For a bonus point, build a model of this monument out of 1 million Popsicle sticks. (Note: We lied again. No bonus points. But we’ll help you eat Popsicles if you want.)

Clue: THE TRAP location #4: This location is an ancient distinctive rock formation in Germany. It’s sort of like the German equivalent of Uluru, which you might remember from BOOK 1: THE CALL. Giant rocks. Gotta love ’em.

Clue: THE TRAP location #5: This location was home to the ancient Norse god, Thor, before Thor fell to earth and met Natalie Portman and became a movie star.

Clue: THE TRAP location #6: You can find these massive upright stones arranged in a mysterious circle in England. What you won’t find is an explanation of who put them there. Seriously, what’s up with all these giant rocks?

Clue: THE TRAP location #7: This fancy store in the United Kingdom has a motto of “Omnia Omnibus Ubique.” That’s Latin, by the way, not Vargran. But for one measly bonus point, you can translate the Latin into Vargran (Note: There. Are. No. Bonus. Points. We’re not sure why we keep offering them. Sorry.)

Clue: THE TRAP location #8: This is the tallest ferris wheel in Europe. It’s definitely more fun than studying. Well, unless you’re Mack, Jarrah, Stefan, Xiao, or Dietmar. Wait. Who’s Dietmar? And why’s the ferris wheel no fun? You didn’t think we’d give everything away in these posts, now, did you?

THE TRAP is now open!

Find out where Mack travels to next (hint: fried scorpions are involved) and what he comes up against (hint: they ooze a blue cheese-like substance) in the second installment in the Magnificent 12 series. Read a sneak peek here, then get your own copy. The Magnificent 12: The Trap hits stores today, heroes!

Beware of THE TRAP

Mack, Jarrah, and Stefan are back, and are joined by new members of the Magnificent Twelve in their quest to stop the Pale Queen. Will they survive the trap? Take a sneak peek at The Magnificent 12: The Trap online for FREE . . . and beware!

Read THE CALL online for FREE

If you haven’t read The Magnificent 12: The Call by now, then you’re in serious danger of meeting up with some Bowands in your sleep. Well, not really . . . but you should still read the book. Luckily for you, the entire text is now posted online for a limited time. Read it here for FREE through July 25, 2011 and save yourself from the threat of poisoned darts!

Play Escape from Ayers Rock

Think you’re as tough as Jarrah? Not likely, hero! Play Escape from Ayers Rock to help Mack find his way out from deep inside the caverns and avoid the Tong Elf invasion. Don’t forget, the more you play the more points you earn.

Enter a different kind of challenge, Heroes

The imbee Film Challenge . . . from now through April 20th.

Use your wits and creativity (like Mack when he books that private jet to outrun Risky), insider’s knowledge of the world of The Magnificent 12, and the book scenes provided on the Film Challenge website to produce an original video . . . inspired by The Magnificent 12: The Call.

The grand prize winner will get an Apple 15” Macbook Pro, an exclusive opportunity to work with to create original films for their webisodes, and more!

Enter now to show us what you’re made of Heroes!

Be one of the twelve . . .

No, not the Magnificent Twelve. But close. Enter The Magnificent 12 Sweepstakes for the chance to win one of twelve copies of The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant. Hopefully, you’ll walk away a winner—but even if you don’t, you’ll still earn points to help boost your rank on the Leaderboard.

Up for a challenge, Heroes?

The first Community Challenge will test your strength . . . um, power to draw. Take the “Draw It, As You See It!” Challenge to earn points and some serious Hero cred! Plus, if your entry is really magnificent, we might just upload it into The World section of the site.

Play Battle at Castle Etruk

Castle Etruk might have fallen, but the question is: Will your castle last through the ages? Play Battle at Castle Etruk to find out and earn your place on the game leaderboard!

Listen up, Heroes!

Mack MacAvoy’s not the only one with a job ahead of him. You’ve got one, too. So keep your eyes peeled and your ears open while reading The Magnificent 12: The Call. You’ve got three chances to prove that you’re worth your weight as a Hero—and that’s all we’re going to say about it.

On the Road with Michael Grant

Bestselling author Michael Grant is traveling the world . . . well, throughout the United States, anyway, talking about The Magnificent 12. Find out if he’s visiting a city near you, then hit the road Hero. Before you go, check out The World to bone up on your The Magnificent 12 trivia.

October 8, 2010


1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood, TN 37027

October 11, 2010


4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209

October 19, 2010


695 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101

Meet Michael Grant

Bestselling author Michael Grant is nothing like Mack MacAvoy . . . nothing at all. Okay, fine, maybe he’s a little like Mack. Visit the Meet the Author page to find out just how much! Better, yet, meet Michael in person at one of his upcoming bookstore events where he’ll be talking about The Magnificent 12 and his own phobias. See event dates and locations below.

September 21, 2010


3560 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214

September 22, 2010


Legacy Village, 24519 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, OH 44124

September 24, 2010


891 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105

September 30, 2010


123 W. Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540

Face the bullies of RGMS

Can you out run the King of Bullies and all his minions—ahem, followers? Play Bully Blockade over in the Activities section of the site to find out. The more you play, the more points you’ll earn . . . and the better chance you’ll have of making it onto the game leaderboard. Avatar HeyJB should be on high alert!

Get in the mind of a Hero . . .

Once you’ve registered, you can enter the Forum to connect with other Heroes, post questions about The Magnificent 12 (do you think Mack makes a good leader?), debate the games (does the Stephan bomb really work?), chat about Community Challenges (we heard that they start in September), or start a thread all your own. Join the conversation in the Forum, everyone!

Magnificent work!

In case you haven’t heard, Lamar Middle School in Temple, TX won a Skype visit with author Michael Grant, and Island Bookstore in Kitty Hawk, NC won a free 9-copy floor display! These guys heard the Call and dared to enter The Magnificent 12 Sweepstakes for educators and booksellers.

Don’t miss your chance to win, Heroes! The Book Your Own Adventure Sweepstakes for adventurers like you is open through October 31st. Head over to the Activities section now to enter!

Register to be a Hero

Once you’ve proven yourself (ahem, registered), your new found Hero status will allow you to create an Avatar, join the Forum, enter the Community Challenges, and earn points to get up on the community Leaderboard. Getting started is easy, so get started now—click here to join The Magnificent 12 online community!

Heed the Call

The Magnificent 12: The Call, the first book in bestselling author Michael Grant’s new fantasy adventure series, is now available in bookstores everywhere! Grab your copy today (or tell someone how to buy it for you) and meet Mack MacAvoy, Stefan Marr, and Jarrah Major. Read an excerpt first and find out why Mack’s so special . . . special enough to get the call.

Dozens are talking about The Magnificent 12


Advance praise for The Magnificent 12: The Call is coming in fast and furiously. D. J. MacHale, author of the Pendragon series, calls it “a hilarious adventure” and “laugh-out-loud funny.” Angie Sage, author of the Septimus Heap series, calls it “fantastically funny and fast-paced,” and bookseller Peter Glassman says, “I can’t wait to read—and laugh with—the next volume!” Click here to read all the magnificent praise the book has already received!

Mack’s world keeps on turning

Mack’s adventures never stop—and neither do we. We’re constantly building Mack’s world here on, so be sure to stop by often for new glossary definitions, extra content, and sneak peeks! In fact, we’ve just recently added more words to The World, including Grimluk (so you can learn everything there is to know about the death-defying old geezer).

THE CALL for entries!

So far, lots of booksellers and educators have heard the call, and dared to enter. Join their ranks while there’s still time! Enter The Magnificent 12 Sweepstakes by June 30 for the chance to win a magnificent prize. You could win a floor display for your bookstore, or a Skype interview with Michael Grant for your school or library!