ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TRUDI TRUEIT has written more than a hundred books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction. Her 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.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Award-winning illustrator, designer, and fine artist SCOTT PLUMBE created the inside illustrations for Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret. In addition to illustrations for books, magazines and games, he regularly contributes to conceptualizing interpretive centers, museum exhibits, and more. Plumbe is especially well known for his realistic renderings of people, wildlife, and detailed adventure scenes.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Cuban-born illustrator, graphic designer, and graphic novel artist ANTONIO JAVIER CAPARO created the cover illustration. Passionate about animation and comics, his realistic illustrations regularly appear in magazines and books in the United States, Europe, and South America. Although he started his career in graphic design, his passion for worlds and magical characters soon led him to focus on illustration, creating intense and conceptual pieces. He is a graduate of the Superior Institute of Design in Havana, Cuba, and currently lives in Canada.
ABOUT THE CODEMASTER
All the codes and puzzles you’ll find throughout the book are the work of GARETH MOORE. The puzzle creator is the author of more than 35 best-selling international puzzle and brain-training titles from a wide range of publishers. He’s the creator of "Brained Up," a cutting-edge brain-training site offering scientifically designed daily sessions.
Photograph credits: Bill Trueit (Trudi Trueit); Matt Leaf (Scott Plumbe); Adriana Garcia Cruz (Antonio Javier Caparo); Simon Annand (Gareth Moore)
“A FUN, EXCITING, AND ACTION-PACKED RIDE THAT KIDS WILL LOVE.”
—J.J. ABRAMS, filmmaker
"EXPLORER ACADEMY IS SURE TO WAKEN READERS' INNER ADVENTURER AND CURIOSITY ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND THEM."
—LEVAR BURTON, host of the PBS series, Reading Rainbow
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