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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.



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Trudi Trueit

Hi Readers!
I fell in love with storytelling in the second grade, but it wasn't until a few years later, when I wrote my first play, that I knew I'd found my life's calling (the play got decent reviews) . In my career, I've been a newspaper journalist, TV news reporter and weather forecaster, freelance writer, and now, children's author. I write both fiction and nonfiction - nearly 100 titles, so far. In the nonfiction realm, I've covered everything from storm chasing to video gaming. In fiction, I'm the author of two series,' JULEP O'TOOLE (Penguin) and SECRETS OF A LAB RAT (Aladdin) . I also write for Aladdin's tween division, M!X. STEALING POPULAR is my first release for M!X. Keep an eye out for my next M!X title, THE SISTER SOLUTION (Sept, 2015) .

I was born and raised in Seattle, WA and still live in the Pacific Northwest with my college sweetheart/best friend/husband, Bill. I love the three c's: cats, chocolate, and cupcakes! Visit my website at www.truditrueit.com.

For teachers and librarians, I LOVE doing Skype visits so be sure to check out my virtual visit page on my website to find out how you can bring me into your classroom via cyberspace!



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