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Cruz, Sailor, Emmett, and the gang are on their way to Africa when Nebula misses their intended target and someone close to Cruz ends up on the brink of death. Secrets creep out from the shadows and leave Cruz with more questions than answers in this fourth title in the hit series.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, just as a major close call tears them apart. En route to Africa, 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.



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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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