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Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (Book 1)
By (author): Trudi Trueit
9781426338106 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General Jul 23, 2019
$13.99 CAD
Active 6 x 8.99 x 0.67 in 216 pages National Geographic Children's Books Under the Stars
Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.

Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there’s more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented-reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him…and why?
Readers can get in on the excitement with puzzles and codes embedded throughout.

Series Overview: A seven-book series, with hardcover versions publishing two per year beginning Fall 2018 and paperback versions to follow within one year of publication. Ancillary activity and code books will accompany.

NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK! Book one of this seven-part series comes out after spring publication of book two and before fall publication of book three.

BONUS CONTENT includes excerpts for books two and three.

NEW IMPRINT AND FIRST MAJOR FICTION TITLE for kids from National Geographic; captures the lore, adventure, and rich history of the National Geographic Society with the latest science and expeditions from the field.

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

STRONG STORYTELLING by 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: “Science Behind” section in the back links the story to real world to encourage further study.

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

AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHY is featured throughout to show kids real artifacts and places.

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

CROSS-MEDIA PROMOTION throughout the series.

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

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.

SCOTT PLUMBE is an award-winning illustrator, designer and fine artist whose work appears in books and magazines, games, interpretive centres, 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 centres, 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


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“This series opener from a new imprint of National Geographic is a fully packed high-tech adventure that offers both cool, educational facts about the planet and a diverse cast of fun characters.” —Kirkus

“This exciting series opener introduces young readers to the joys of science and nature.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Sure to appeal to kids who love code cracking and mysteries with cutting-edge technology.”  —Booklist

“A fun, exciting, and action-packed ride that kids will love.” —J.J. Abrams, director and screenwriter of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lost,” “Alias”

“Inspires the next generation of curious kids to go out into our world and discover something unexpected.” —James Cameron, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and acclaimed film-maker

Explorer Academy is sure to awaken readers’ inner adventurer and curiosity about the world around them. But you don’t have to take my word for it, check out Cruz, Emmett, Sailor, and Lani’s adventures for yourself!“ —LeVar Burton, host of ”Reading Rainbow“ and ”LeVar Burton Reads“

”Absolutely Brilliant! Explorer Academy is a fabulous feast for the mind and heart—a thrilling, inspiring journey with compelling characters, wonderous places, and the highest possible stakes. Just as there’s only one planet Earth, there’s only one series like this. Don’t wait another instant to enjoy this phenomenal adventure!“ —T.A. Barron, author of the Merlin Saga

”In the midst of fast-paced action, Explorer Academy captures the power of learning through exploration. The excitement of hands-on discovery is modeled in Cruz’s adventures, which encourages kids to take on the mind-set of explorers." —Daniel Raven-Ellison, National Geographic Explorer and Guerilla Geographer

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