{Guest Post+Alaskan Cruise Giveaway} Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit

September 13, 2018 Blog Tours, Giveaways 0

You’ve Been Accepted…to the Explorer Academy!

Welcome to Day #9 of the Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret Blog Tour!


To celebrate the release of Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit on September 4th, blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Trudi and the Explorer Academy team, as well as 10 chances to win a copy of Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret and swag!

Meet a Real-life Explorer!
by The Explorer Academy Team

In Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret, well, guess what: There’s a BIG secret! And it has something to do with 12-year-old Cruz Coronado’s mom’s mysterious past and legacy. She too attended Explorer Academy and later worked at the Synthesis researching ways to use animal venom to cure diseases. That’s all we’ll tell you for now … but we will introduce you to one of the real National Geographic explorers who inspired some of the action in the book.

Zoltan Takacs is a biomedical scientist and inventor who tracks dangerous venomous creatures all over the globe. He has had many fascinating encounters with giant—and deadly—snakes, scorpions, spiders, etc. from the Amazon rain forest to the wilds of Africa. Why does he do it? Besides the thrill of the adventure, he is studying how deadly venoms can create life-saving medicines.

Takacs discovered his passion at an early age and found a way to make a career out of it. As he explains: “Since I was a kid, my dream has been to track and capture the most dangerous creatures in the world. I don’t just do it for fun though. Venomous creatures kill their prey with toxins, but many of those toxins can be used to create new medicines. That’s why I chase these animals. I help collect and study their toxins.

In this unique fact-based fiction series, kids will read about fictional characters inspired by real people like Takacs, who are doing some pretty crazy and wonderful things to make the world a better place. Check out the Truth Behind the Fiction section in the back of every book that profiles Nat Geo explorers and their work.

Meet a wildlife conservationist and a roboticist at exploreracademy.com.



Blog Tour Schedule:
September 3rd — BookhoundsYA
September 4th — Kid Lit Frenzy
September 5th — Beach Bound Books
September 6th — Java John Z’s
September 7th — YA and Kids Books Central

September 10thChristy’s Cozy Corners
September 11th — Chat with Vera
September 12th — A Dream Within a Dream
September 13th — Book Briefs
September 14th — Jean Book Nerd

“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”

The Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit


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.

Buy: National GeographicAmazon | Indiebound

Visit @Bookbriefs stop on the #ExplorerAcademy tour and meet a real life explorer and enter to win an alaskan cruise & copy of the book! @NGKids @NGKidsBks Click To Tweet

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.

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There are two giveaways! To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win.

    • One (1) winner will receive a copy of Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret, plus an Explorer Academy tote, stickers, folder, poster and pin!
    • US/Canada only

Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

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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!
Calendar of Events
Join Explorer Academy author Trudi Trueit and National Geographic explorer and venomous snake researcher Zoltan Takacs as they discuss the book series and answer questions from readers. Trudi will sign copies of the book as well.
Friday, September 21, 2018: Greenwich
Hosted by the Greenwich Public School District
184 Hamilton Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 2018: New York Launch Event
18 West 18th Street
New York City, NY
1 p.m.
Sunday, September 23, 2018: Chicago
1301 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL
3 p.m.
Monday, September 24, 2018: Chicago
123 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL
7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Atlanta
133 East Court Square
Decatur, GA
6 p.m.
Thursday, September 27, 2018: Los Angeles
160 S. Westlake Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA
7 p.m.
Friday, September 28, 2018: Los Angeles
Newport Beach Library, in Conjunction with Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe
1000 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA
4 p.m.
*Saturday, October 13, 2018: Seattle
15311 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA
2 p.m.
*Friday, October 19, 2018: Seattle
6504 20th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA
7 p.m.
* Please note, Zoltan Takacs will not attend this event.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

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