The Explorer Academy is a series created by National Geographic to invite young readers on exciting global missions using technology and science real explorers would use. The second installment of this series following The Nebula Secret is The Falcon’s Feather, available March 19, 2019. For more information on this upcoming release and a fantastic giveaway opportunity, read on.
Welcome Back to the Explorer Academy!
Welcome to Day #1 of the Explorer Academy: The Falcon’s Feather Blog Tour!
To celebrate the release of Explorer Academy: The Falcon’s Feather by Trudi Trueit on March 19th, blogs across the web are featuring special content from Trudi and the Explorer Academy team, as well as 5 chances to win an Explorer Academy DRONE Prize Pack!
Meet the Characters + Chapter 1 Sneak Peek
Welcome back to the Explorer Academy! The excitement continues in The Falcon’s Feather, as we join Cruz and his classmates on more daring adventures and dangerous missions. Read on to meet Cruz and his crew, your companions on this journey!
Cruz has just joined the prestigious Explorer Academy, where his mother died in a mysterious lab accident when he was young. Cruz is excited about his high-tech exploration classes, but he’s being followed by a shadowy figure who wants to do him harm. But with the help of his friends, Cruz knows he can face any danger while he’s solving his mother’s mystery.
Lani is a tech genius and Cruz’s best friend from home in Hawaii. She adapted Cruz’s honeybee drone, Mell, to respond to voice control and will be key in helping him crack the mystery of what happened to his mother—even while Lani is living halfway around the world.
Cruz’s Canadian roommate at the Explorer Academy, Emmett is a wizard when it comes to wearable tech. He invented his one-of-a-kind emoto-glasses, which change color and shape with his emotions. Emmett quickly becomes one of Cruz’s best friends at the Academy, risking everything to help Cruz on his mission.
Sailor is smart and competitive, loyal and brave—and willing to face any danger to help her friends. Although her New Zealand slang may sometimes confuse Cruz, he enjoys having her around to make him laugh and help him out when things turn a little dark.
Bryndis is Cruz’s classmate from Reykjavík, Iceland. Her patience and cleverness helps balance out some of the bigger personalities on Team Cousteau, and her quick detective work helps Cruz solve a big mystery. Cruz has feelings for her, but does she feel the same away about him?
Get a sneak peek at chapter one of their new adventure in The Falcon’s Feather HERE.
Blog Tour Schedule:
“A fun, exciting and action-packed ride that kids will love.”
—J.J. Abrams, director of Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost and Alias
“Explorer Academy is sure to awaken readers’ inner adventurer and curiosity about the world around them.”
—LeVar Burton, host of “Reading Rainbow”and “LeVar Burton Reads”
Buy: National Geographic | Amazon | Indiebound
It’s an adventure of a lifetime when Cruz Coronado sets sail for the shores of Iceland and Norway aboard the Explorer Academy ship to continue his studies at sea. But, things take a turn while exploring the icy north, when he embarks on a dangerous mission to uncover the first piece of an important puzzle his mother left behind.
In the exciting follow-up to The Nebula Secret in the 7-book Explorer Academy series, Cruz, Sailor, and Emmett, along with their new ally Bryndis, embark on their first globe-trotting mission aboard the ship Orion. Cruz jumps right back into school and starts using the latest technology in submersible underwater dives, but is soon reminded of the dangers of exploration when his equipment fails and he almost drowns. Determined to keep his eyes on the prize, Cruz sneaks away to try to find answers, but unknowingly lures his friends into bigger trouble. When a friend of Cruz’s mom meets an untimely end, Cruz’s luck really seems about to run out and the questions multiply. What does the message mean? Where will it lead? Who is following him? And why?
This captivating book is the sequel every Explorer Academy fan is waiting to read!
About the Author: Author Trudi Trueit is a gifted storyteller for middle-grade audiences. She has written more than 100 books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction, including The Sister Solution, Stealing Popular and the Secrets of a Lab Rat series. Trueit lives in Everett, Washington.
- One (1) winner will receive SIGNED copies of Explorer Academy books 1 and 2, an ADVANCE copy of Explorer Academy Codebreaking Activity Adventure (not otherwise available to the public until May!), an Explorer Academy pin, baseball cap, t-shirt, and bag, and a Quadcopter DRONE!
- US/Canada only
- Ends 3/29 at midnight ET
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Plus! Enter to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip!
One lucky family of four will embark on a spectacular ship-based adventure, just like the students at Explorer Academy. Experience the remarkable beauty of Alaska’s famed Inside Passage on this thrilling 8-day voyage, courtesy of National Geographic Expeditions. Get up close to icebergs and calving glaciers. See orcas and humpback whales, then listen to them with the ship’s hydrophone. Visit Glacier Bay National Park, learn about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage, and pass islands teeming with wildlife, including brown bears, sea lions, sea otters, and perhaps the world’s highest density of nesting bald eagles. Visit natgeoexpeditions.com to see a detailed itinerary for Alaska’s Inside Passage Cruise. Enter here!
Monday, March 18, 2019
Anderson’s Book Shop
26 South La Grange Road
La Grange, IL
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Talk by author Trudi Trueit and National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman, followed by book signing
Thursday, March 21, 2019
1378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. — Talk by author Trudi Trueit and National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman, followed by book signing
Friday, March 22, 2019
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.— Public event with talk by author Trudi Trueit and National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman, followed by book signing. Purchase tickets in advance.