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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review & Giveaway: The Double Helix (Explorer Academy #3) by Trudi Trueit

The Double Helix 
(Explorer Academy #3) 
By Trudi Trueit 
Under the Stars 

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. 

Read my reviews of Book One and Book Two 

Cruz Coronado’s thirteenth birthday is fast approaching and he’s still on the hunt for the puzzle pieces his mother hid and left for him before she died. But the nefarious Nebula is also still after the puzzle pieces, and determined to destroy Cruz. Aunt Marisol has left the Orion (the Explorer Academy ship Cruz is studying on) to search for his missing father, and Cruz must stay behind and continue his search and his studies. And his search leads Cruz, Emmett, and Sailor to the ruins in Petra, Jordan. What will they find there? Will it take Cruz closer to uncovering the mystery behind Nebula and his mother’s death? Will he make it to his thirteenth birthday? 

Trudi Trueit’s spectacular and cinematic middle-grade Explorer Academy series, continues with the thrilling and engaging third book, The Double Helix! 

Once again, Trueit offers young readers a thrillingly fast-paced, expertly researched, utterly engrossing story that is simply unputdownable! Like books one and two in this series, The Double Helix takes readers on a breathtaking journey to faraway places, introduces the coolest tech; gadgets; science; and concepts, and encourages readers to use their creativity, think critically, and explore the world around them. Mystery, action, clever puzzles, captivating educational moments, relatable characters, and the cinematic illustrations all collide, taking readers on an unforgettable thrill ride and reading experience. 

Cruz, Emmett, Sailor, Lani, and Bryndis continue to be a wonderfully diverse, capable, and likable group of young characters. Young readers will love getting to know these beloved characters even better in book three, while learning more interesting information about the baddies, as well as meeting some intriguing new characters.  

There is so much about this series that I love- the clever mystery, the exciting adventure, the smart STEM elements, the awesome young characters- and The Double Helix is another compelling addition to this phenomenal series! 

My Rating 
5/5 Cupcakes

Trudi's love of writing began in fourth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play. She went on to become a TV news reporter and weather forecaster, but she knew her calling was in writing. Trueit is a gifted storyteller for middle-grade audiences, and her fiction novels include The Sister Solution, Stealing Popular, and the Secrets of a Lab Rat series. Her expertise in nonfiction for kids comes through in books on history, weather, wildlife, and Earth science. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Trueit lives in Everett, Washington. 

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Review and Giveaway: DC Super Hero Girls- At Metropolis High

DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High 
(DC Super Hero Girls Graphic Novels) 
By Amy Wolfram 
Illustrated by Yancey Labat 
DC Zoom 

A new era of DC Super Hero Girls begins in DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High! 

Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, Bumblebee, and Zatanna are continually late to class because of their crime-fighting, and Principal Chapin is tired of hearing their excuses. These girls need to show more school spirit...or else they'll be suspended! 

Principal Chapin's demand that they each find an after-school club and stick with it for a whole week seems easy, until the girls get kicked out of the clubs they choose. Instead, they must think outside the box and step out of their comfort zones. As if having secret identities and balancing school with super-heroics didn't offer enough challenges! 

Amy Wolfram (Teen TitansTeen Titans Go!) and Yancey Labat (DC Super Hero Girls) show off a new vision of the DC Super Hero Girls! 


Being a super hero is hard enough, but for Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Bumblebee, Supergirl, Batgirl, and Zatanna they must balance their super hero lives with protecting their super hero identities, all while navigating the world of high school...and they haven’t been doing too great lately. So, their principal tells each girl she must join an after-school club for a whole week, then report on what they’ve learned, or it’s bye-bye Metropolis High. Can the girls save themselves? 

Amy Wolfram and Yancey Labat’s middle-grade DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High is an engaging new graphic novel, full of laughs, relatable characters, fun artwork, and age-appropriate action.  

Set in the same universe as the DC Super Hero Girls animated series (on Cartoon Network), DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High excitedly explores a hip, fresh new take on these beloved super heroines. Wolfram infuses the story with a lot of clever laughs, cool super hero tech, thrilling action sequences, relatable teenage moments, and captivating character development. Young readers will enjoy and appreciate the excellent way the story focuses on the girls as both super heroes and complex teenage girls, and the fun, messy, never-boring-way, their two worlds collide. Labat’s bold, energetic, and expressive artwork perfectly captures all the humor, thrills, and heart within the story. 

With a refreshing take on beloved characters, cool action and fun thrills, charming illustrations, and an empowering message, DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High is sure to delight, amuse, and entertain young readers! 

Amy Wolfram is a writer for television, movies, and comic books. She is super excited to be writing DC SUPER HERO GILS graphic novels! If she had to pick her favorite Super Hero Girl – she’d pick them all! Best known for her writing for Teen Titans for both television (TEEN TITANS, TEEN TITANS GO!) and comics (TEEN TITANS:YEAR ONE, TEEN TITANS GO!), Amy has also had fun writing for many of her favorite characters: Barbie, Staurt Little, Ben 10, Thunderbirds Are Go, and Scooby-Doo. When not busy writing, she enjoys crafting and quilting. 

Yancey Labat is the bestselling illustrator of the original DC SUPER HERO GIRLS graphic novel series. He got his start at Marvel Comics before moving on to illustrate children’s books from Hello Kitty to Peanuts for Scholastic, as well as books for Chronicle Books,, and others. His book How Many Jelly Beans? With writer Andea Menotti won the 2013 Cook Prize for best STEM (Science, Technology, Education, Math) picture book from Bank Street College of Education. 

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