Tiger's Nest (Explorer Academy)
Book Five in the Explorer Academy Series, readers will be even more engaged in the fast-paced science fiction adventure tale of a class of elite Explorer Academy recruits and their quest for knowledge. As usual in these books, there is a section from real National Geographic explorers called “The Truth Behind the Fiction”, linking the Explorer Academy students with the real-life explorers. I am not a huge fan of science fiction or action adventure, but this series even pique’s my interest! These books would be great library builders for free reading time, career exploration in grade school, gifting and more. 216 pgs, pb. ~Judy
On an island nation in the Indian Ocean, the explorers venture through a vast underwater world and take part in a friendly robotics competition. But the tides of good fortune change quickly.
Suddenly, Team Cousteau jumps into action to rescue a faculty member from the brink of disaster. Meanwhile, the team follows Cruz's mother's clues to a magnificent tomb and center of spirituality precariously perched on the side of a cliff. There, Cruz is confronted by a familiar foe who's determined to stop him from completing his most important mission of all: retrieving the final pieces of his mother's cipher. In this life-and-death showdown, Cruz witnesses the ultimate sacrifice and uncovers a hidden message that makes him question his own mortality.
The Explorer Academy book series is inspired in part by real cutting-edge National Geographic explorers out in the front lines doing research. The author, Trudi Trueit, has always loved adventure books and is inspired to share that love through the words she pens in these adventure novels. Others on the team of creators are a code designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, making these books visually stimulating, and mentally engaging. The reader will meet fictional character 12-year-old Cruz Coronado, a boy headed away from his home in Hawaii. He is off to visit his best friend, and only living parent, who is at the Explorer’s Academy in Washington DC., the place where his mother died in a tragic and mysterious lab accident. Journey with Cruz as he seeks out adventure with 23 other classmates from around the world, who will train to become the next generation of great explorers. The “Truth behind the Fiction” section in each book highlights the real-life explorers and their discoveries that inspired fictional Cruz and his friends. ~Judy
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