Monday, March 18, 2019

Explorer Academy's The Falcon's Feather - Nat Geo's Groundbreaking Middle Grade Fiction Series Continues [Giveaway]

The Falcon's Feather (Explorer Academy #2) 

Launch date March 19 

National Geographic Kids Books is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the second book in the groundbreaking Explorer Academy series published by their fiction imprint, Under the Stars— The Falcon’s Feather by Trudi Trueit.   Global adventures, danger and mystery combined with fascinating real-world science, codebreaking, and technology makes The Falcon’s Feather a perfect summer reading pick for book lovers and reluctant readers alike.

"This exciting, fast paced, far-flung story is full of science facts and James Bond–like gadgets, accompanied by colored illustrations. The ending is guaranteed to keep readers eager for the next series installment.”—Booklist review of The Falcon’s Feather

Inspired by the awe-inspiring work and real adventures of National Geographic Explorers, the second title in the Explorer Academy series invites readers to board the ship Orion, where Cruz and his friends experience cool science, cutting-edge technology, and real expeditions (including an up-close encounter with whales). Explorer Academy: The Falcon’s Feather  immerses readers in a captivating tale of intrigue and fast-paced action as the team navigates the world of Explorer Academy while also keeping up with schoolwork and trying to solve the second piece of a puzzle that may have cost Cruz’s mother her life. A sneak peak of Chapter One of The Falcon’s Feather can be read here.

This thrilling global mission has been hailed by J.J. Abrams (director of “Star Trek” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) as “a fun, exciting and action-packed ride that kids will love” and James Cameron, acclaimed filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence says the Explorer Academy series “Inspires the next generation of curious kids to go out into our world and discover something unexpected.” Whether it is cracking hidden codes or reaching the northernmost point of human civilization, The Falcon’s Feather will have readers on the edge of their seats to the final page.

About Explorer Academy Book 2: The Falcon’s Feather by Trudi Trueit (National Geographic Kids; March 19, 2019; ISBN: 978-1426-33304-0; US$16.99/CAN$19.99; Hardcover; 208 pages)

ISBN: 978-1426333040
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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?

For more adventures with Cruz and his fellow explorers, fans can head to to watch the Explorer Academy animated series “Brain Freeze,” play Explorer Academy-inspired games, meet National Geographic Explorers, find the latest updates on The Falcon’s Feather upcoming national book tour and discover the Facts Behind the Fiction.

Read the first chapter The Falcon's Feather - click here

About the Author and Contributors:

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. Interior illustrator Scott Plumbe is an award-winning illustrator, designer and fine artist whose work has appeared in books, magazines, games, interpretive centers and more. When not traveling the world, he lives in Vancouver, Canada. 

Cover illustrator Antonio Javier Caparo is an illustrator, graphic designer and graphic novel artist whose work regularly appears in magazines and books in the U.S., Europe and South America. Born in Cuba, Caparo currently lives in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Gareth Moore is the code master for the Explorer Academy franchise and author of over 100 best-selling international puzzle and brain-training titles. He lives in London, England, with his wife and son.

Begins March 19
Ends April 20 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA
a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies of both books to aid in posting this book launch spotlight. Winner's copies are provided and mailed directly to the winner by publisher or publicist.


  1. What is your choice of activities aside from school work that you utilize to keep their mind energized? Leave your choices in the comments section, please.

    1. We take walks to the local park and around.
    2. Enrolled in sports.
    3. Take in local museums, community events, etc. as much as possible.

  2. Play (1) and PLAY THE GAME - BREAK THE CODE. I gave it a shot.

    Find (2) other think of interest on this website and comment on it in comments on my review.

    The books sound like a lot of fun to read. I like the videos and the interactive games like Scavenger Hunt.

  3. 1. reading for enjoyment
    2. museum visits
    3. trips to aquariums/zoos/wildlife sanctuaries

  4. My daughter and I loved checking out old ‘ghost towns’, abandoned settlements in our county and those surrounding. We would wonder about the town that once was and why it didn’t last.
    Even though school wasn’t in session during the summer months, my daughters Girl Scout troop still got together. We had a wonderful troop leader who had awesome outings for the girls to go on. We made so many great memories from those days.
    Every year we took a family vacation and let our daughter help in the planning of it.

  5. 1) reading
    2) visits to museums, etc
    3) board games

  6. 1) I played the game. It was fun. I think my daughter would enjoy playing!

    2) I like the scavenger hunt game, too.

  7. 1. The game is pretty fun. As long as I remember to lock the wheel.
    2. I liked the trailer. Definitely makes you want to read the book.

  8. choice of activities :
    - reading and discussing
    - writing letters
    - travelling

  9. -Educational video games
    - Educational Tv shows (carmed sandiego, etc)
    - Books


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