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EXPLORER ACADEMY
Explorer Academy: The Double Helix (Book 3)
By (author): Trudi Trueit
9781426334580 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General Sep 24, 2019
$19.99 CAD
Active 6.38 x 9.32 x 0.88 in 216 pages National Geographic Children's Books Under the Stars
The mystery deepens and the action intensifies for 12-year-old Cruz Coronado and friends in the exciting third book in the Explorer Academy series.

The adventure continues for Cruz, Emmett, Sailor, and Bryndis as they continue their studies at sea and travel to exotic locations around the world. A mysterious person alerts Cruz to impending danger while he and a few trusted pals explore ancient ruins in Petra, Jordan, and search for another piece of the puzzle his mother left behind. Worst of all, now his father has gone missing, which prompts Aunt Marisol, his number one protector, to leave the ship in search of him. Who is the new professor who takes her place? How does the new technology he introduces help or hurt Cruz’s quest? Why is Nebula determined to stop Cruz before he turns 13? The clock is ticking as his first teen birthday draws near…a milestone that will change his life forever, one way or another.

Series Overview: This is a seven-book series, publishing two per year under National Geographic’s new fiction imprint, Under the Stars.

NEW IMPRINT AND THIRD MAJOR FICTION TITLE for kids from National Geographic’s Under the Stars combines the lore, adventure, and rich history of the National Geographic Society with the latest science and expeditions from the field.

AWESOME REVIEWS FROM KIDS for book one confirm that enthusiasm for this series is through the roof!

FACT-BASED FICTION that’s action-packed and appeals to brand loyalists and middle graders as well as parents and educators.

STRONG STORYTELLING by an experienced author offers a great narrative with educational content.

SMART CONTENT excites kids around STEM subjects.

REAL SCIENCE/REAL EXPLORERS: Incorporates cutting-edge research by real National Geographic explorers.

DIVERSITY: Features a diverse, multicultural cast of characters and locations around the globe.

ROBUST EXTRAS: “Truth Behind the Fiction” section in the back links the story to the real world to encourage further study.

FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS from renowned graphic artist Scott Plumbe will enchant readers.

SECRET CODES AND CIPHERS are hidden throughout the book for an interactive experience.

CROSS-MEDIA PROMOTION: Book launches in conjunction with features in Nat Geo Kids magazine and on the website.

MAJOR MARKETING CAMPAIGN to include national publicity, events, and advertising.

JACKETED HARDCOVER format.

TRUDI TRUEIT has written more than 100 books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction. Her love of writing began in fourth grade, when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play. She went on to be a TV news reporter and weather forecaster, but she knew her calling was in writing. Trueit is a gifted storyteller for middle-grade audiences, and her fiction novels include The Sister Solution, Stealing Popular, and the Secrets of a Lab Rat series. Her expertise in kids nonfiction encompasses books on history, weather, wildlife, and Earth science. She is the author of all the narratives for the Explorer Academy series, beginning with Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret. Trueit was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and lives in Everett, Washington.

SCOTT PLUMBE is an award-winning illustrator, designer, and fine artist whose work appears in books and magazines, games, interpretive centers, private collections, and more. His illustrations have been featured in magazines such as Communication Arts (US), Applied Arts (CA), Creative Review (UK), and 3x3 (US).

Author Residence: Everett, Washington

SCOTT PLUMBE is an award-winning illustrator, designer, and fine artist whose work appears in books and magazines, games, interpretive centers, private collections, and more. His illustrations have been featured in magazines such as Communication Arts (US), Applied Arts (CA), Creative Review (UK), and 3x3 (US).

Illustrator Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Marketing: ADVERTISING

National Geographic Kids magazine

Parents magazines/websites

Kids magazines/websites

Kids online books community

Google campaign

Facebook campaign

Publishers Weekly

Holiday campaign

Indie catalogs

SCHOOL AND LIBRARY

School Library Journal

Booklist

Learning magazine

Kirkus

Horn Book

ALA Annual featured book

Book Buzz events

Review mailing to 200+ top-tier librarians

MISCELLANEOUS

4C galley

Events: NY ComicCon, Intl Scout Jamboree, book festivals



Publicity: PUBLICITY

Book and education trade media

National parenting and kids magazines

Regional parenting publications

Children’s book and literature reviewers

Middle grade bloggers

Toy Fair 2019 press outreach

Kids booktubers/vloggers

Radio giveaway

Radio giveaway

Author tour and select events

“A thoroughly reader engaging and entertaining read from first page to last, “Explorer Academy: The Double Helix” is unreservedly recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library Science Fiction collections for young readers ages 8-12.” — Midwest Book Review



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