Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit - OPTIONAL

The Nebula Secret (Explorer Academy #1) by Trudi Trueit, 207 pages.  National Geographic, 2018.  $17.

Language:G ; Mature Content: G; Violence PG (some danger)



Cruz, 12, is finally off to the Explorer Academy.  He will be training with a talented group of teens with the best professors in their respective fields.  The competitive spirit among the kids runs high, but Cruz has more to worry about - he is also traveling in his mother’s footsteps.  Not only did she work and teach at the Academy, she also died there. Can Cruz find out what really happened to her?

As I sat down to write this review, I realized I have no idea what the purpose of the Academy actually is.  It seems more like they are training spies and evil scientists than explorers.  I mean, what is the purpose of their explorations when everything seems to revolve around thwarting evil plans and creating tech that can and will be used for espionage? This lack of focus made it harder for me to buy into the worldbuilding.

Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS

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