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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

NatGeo Explorer Academy: The Double Helix Book Blast and Giveaway

To go along with the  elease of the latest Explorer Academy offering from National Geographic, we have here an amazing prize pack you can win. Check out the full prize pack contents below to see what you'll get if you win, it includes a $50 Visa gift card. And... the giveaway is open to residents of both the US and Canada. You have through 10/4 to enter. If you visit the other blogs hosting the blog tour, we each have our own prize pack to giveaway. So, enter at each blog for the best chance to win.

Welcome Back to the Explorer Academy!

Welcome to the Explorer Academy: The Double Helix Book Blast!

To celebrate the release of Explorer Academy: The Double Helix by Trudi Trueit on September 24th, blogs across the web are featuring special content from the world of the Explorer Academy, as well as 5 chances to win an Explorer Academy Prize Pack!

Space: Archaeology’s Big Leap

Explorer Academy: The Double Helix, introduces readers to a groundbreaking technology that’s being used in the world of exploration: SPACE ARCHAEOLOGY. Although it may sound like something straight out of science fiction, it is already very real! Here’s how it works: While the human eye can only see light on the visible spectrum, satellites use different kinds of sensors to see infrared light, UV light, and microwaves. Microwaves allow scientists to penetrate through exterior barriers, like forests, to see underground. (HINT: This is especially helpful when searching for ancient ruins.) 

In the book, Cruz Coronado and his classmates are able to access high-tech images from space satellites--while on their computers in the classroom--to zero in on areas of interest in far-flung locations. Their research inspires them to follow the evidence, which leads the young explorers on an archaeological dig in an exotic and remote place.  

The real-life inspiration for introducing kids to space archaeology is Sarah Parcak, a former National Geographic Fellow and one of the leading experts in this emerging field. As the winner of the 2016 TED Prize, Parcak founded Global Xplorer, an online crowdsourcing platform that allows “citizen scientists” of all ages to become space archaeologists. All you need is curiosity, a computer, and online access to participate in site conservation projects around the globe. Check out this video to discover more.

So, does Cruz lead Team Cousteau on a wild goose chase or do the explorers uncover something truly significant? Find out in the third book in the exciting Explorer Academy series!  

Rebecca Baines  
Explorer Academy editor  


Blog Tour Schedule:

September 23rd - YA and Kids Books Central
September 24th - Java John Z's
September 25th - Always in the Middle
September 26th From the Mixed Up Files
September 27th - BookhoundsYA

“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”

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The mystery deepens and the action intensifies for 12-year-old Cruz Coronado and friends in the exciting third book in the Explorer Academy series.

The adventure continues for Cruz, Emmett, Sailor, and Bryndis as they continue their studies at sea and travel to exotic locations around the world. A mysterious person alerts Cruz to impending danger while he and a few trusted pals explore ancient ruins in Petra, Jordan, and search for another piece of the puzzle his mother left behind. Worst of all, now his father has gone missing, which prompts Aunt Marisol, his number one protector, to leave the ship in search of him. Who is the new professor who takes her place? How does the new technology he introduces help or hurt Cruz's quest? Why is Nebula determined to stop Cruz before he turns 13? The clock is ticking as his first teen birthday draws near ... a milestone that will change his life forever, one way or another.

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 1-3, Explorer Academy Codebreaking Activity Adventure, an ADVANCE copy of Explorer Academy Ultimate Activity Challenge (not otherwise available to the public until November!), an Explorer Academy pin, baseball cap, bag, digital watch, bookmark, and a $50 Visa Gift Card!
  • US/Canada only
  • Ends 10/4 at midnight ET
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Explorer Academy Recruitment Day — October 10, 2019 

October 10th, 2019 is Explorer Academy Recruitment Day. From New York to Vancouver, Ohio to Texas, and all points in between, real-life National Geographic Explorers will be talking to thousands of kids across North America, sharing their experiences and revealing how the Explorers themselves inspired the coolest school on the planet: The Explorer Academy. Explorer Academy author Trudi Trueit will also be in her hometown of Seattle, talking to local schools (if only we could make more Trudi's to go around but, alas, she is one-of-a-kind). Thanks to the series' publication in a dozen countries, Explorer Academy Recruitment Day has turned into a GLOBAL phenomenon, with students all over the world participating in events similar to the ones happening in North America.

10/10, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
PUBLIC EVENT with Nat Geo Explorer Rae Wynn Grant
1555 KIng Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Event details:  Presentation, Q&A, and signing of posters

10/10, 7:00 pm
PUBLIC EVENT with Nat Geo Explorer Jennifer W. Lopez
17 Haverford Station Road
Haverford, PA  19041
Event details:  Presentation, Q&A, and signing of posters

10/12, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PUBLIC EVENT with Explorer Academy author Trudi Trueit
7430 164th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Event details:  Presentation, Q&A, and signing

Disclosure: Java John Z's did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
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  1. I would go to the beach or forest! -sandra preti

  2. I've already been around the world as a trailing spouse, the BEST places are the developing countries, they never fail to humble my ego and make me appreciate things so much more. So my next dream adventure would be to get to take my daughter to all the places I was lucky enough to see.

  3. It would be wonderful to explore Canadian areas. The Ontario Georgian Bay and Manitoulin Island.

  4. I'd like go exploring with our 8 year old - Kyla! She would love these books!

  5. I would love to explore the ocean.

  6. I would love to go exploring in Hawaii.

  7. I hope to one day explore Egypt with my sisters. We have always wanted to plan a trip together!

  8. I would like to go exploring anywhere there are waterfalls.

  9. I want to explore the continent of Australia.

  10. I would really enjoy exploring the countryside of Italy.

  11. I'd like to explore Egypt for the sites and Australia for the scenery.

  12. I would like to explore Canada.

  13. I would love to explore New Zealand!

  14. Australia sounds like fun and adventure!

  15. i would love to explore Ireland or New Zealand.