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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Review & Giveaway: The Star Dunes (Explorer Academy #4) by Trudi Trueit

The Star Dunes 
(Explorer Academy #4) 
By Trudi Trueit 
March 17, 2020 
Under the Stars 

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. Just as things seem like they might turn out alright, Dr. Fanchon Quills has a technological breakthrough which gives Cruz a glimpse into the past and reveals more about his future than he may really want to know. 

Click on each cover to read my reviews of books one, two, and three 

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Cruz, Emmett, Sailor, Bryndis, Dugan, and the other Explorers on The Orion are headed to Africa, where they’ll help save gorillas, visit a cheetah sanctuary, and embark on a sandy adventure to find Cruz’s mom’s next puzzle piece. But new found fame, a poisonous encounter, and problems at home get in the Explorers’ way. Will Cruz ever uncover all his mother’s secrets, especially when every answer brings more questions? 

Trudi Trueit returns to her enthralling middle-grade the Explorer Academy series with book four, The Star Dunes. I absolutely love this cinematic series and was so excited to dive right into The Star Dunes...and I’m happy report that it does not disappoint one bit. 

Fast-paced and full of fun adventure, exciting mysteries, intriguing science, likable characters, and captivating storytelling, this series always offers readers an edge-of-your-seat-up-all-night reading experience. Combining expertly researched real life science, wild imagination, and plenty of thrills, this series educates as much as it entertains. In The Star Dunes, readers join Cruz and his friends on an unforgettable journey in the fascinating landscapes of Africa. Book four is full of cool twists, awesome surprises, and new challenging puzzles and mysteries to solve. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know the smart, capable young heroes and heroines in this series and they all really get a chance to shine in book four.  

The Star Dunes is another enthralling and unputdownable book in this wonderfully immersive, educational, and engaging series! 


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. Website Facebook  * Twitter * Explorer Academy

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Danielle H. said...

I would want to explore the Grand Canyon.

Tonja Drecker said...

This looks like a fun series!

Nancy P said...

Like to explore the ocean.

jcamp2020 said...

Colored sand beaches of Hawaii.. anyplace but my own back yard, these days. But I'm being good. Staying home, reading, crafting and being safe. Take care.

Lynnette said...

The National Parks out west and Canada.

Dan Denman said...

I would like to explore the Rocky Mountains.

starzine said...

I would love to explore Egypt.

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