Do you have kids who are starting to get a little stir crazy while doing their very best social distancing? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you! We’re participating in a blog tour to celebrate the release of the fourth book in Trudi Trueit’s Explorer Academy series, The Star Dunes! This blog tour includes not only an excerpt but an introduction to a real-life explorer (Vincent van der Merwe) and a giveaway.
The kids can learn something educational and you can enter to win the full Explorer Academy series including three tie-in activity books – one of which hasn’t been released yet! That’s a lot of reading and a lot of code-breaking, journaling, and more to keep the kids busy and thinking critically while also having fun.
Read on to learn more, meet Vincent van der Merwe, and enter the giveaway!
Welcome to the Explorer Academy: The Star Dunes Blog Tour!
Meet Explorer Vincent van der Merwe
Looking for more Truth Behind the Fiction? Click here to watch numerous videos of real National Geographic explorers in action — all of who helped inspire the science in the Explorer Academy series — and find out how they’re changing the world through science and adventure.
Read the first chapter from The Star Dunes
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A major discovery forces the Explorer Academy into the limelight in The Star Dunes, but Cruz has much more on his mind than 15 minutes of fame. A new face on board the ship brings Cruz’s worlds colliding, and someone close to Cruz ends up on the brink of death. En route to Africa to dispense life-saving medications to gorillas, thwart pangolin poachers and capture images of the last known cheetahs in Namibia, Team Cousteau is now down a major player, and Cruz can’t help but be preoccupied by the hole in his life. The discovery of his mom’s next clue leads him to the most exotic location yet–a vast desert–with no other information to lead the way, while an unlikely ally helps Cruz pursue another piece of the puzzle. Just as things seem like they might turn out alright, Dr. Fanchon Quills has a technological breakthrough which gives Cruz a glimpse into the past and reveals more about his future than he may really want to know.
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.
- Five (5) winners will receive All 4 Explorer Academy fiction hardcovers (The Nebula Secret, The Falcon’s Feather, The Double Helix, and the NEW book The Star Dunes), plus Explorer Academy Code-Breaking Activity Adventure, Explorer Academy Ultimate Activity Challenge and BONUS an advance copy of Explorer Academy Field Journal, which isn’t available to the public until May!
- ARV $104
- US/Canada only
- Ends 4/18 at midnight ET