Friday, April 23, 2021

Off on Another Explorer Academy Adventure

Explorer Academy: The Tiger’s Nest (book 5)
by Trudi Trueit
216 pages; ages 8-12
National Geographic Children’s Books, 2021

Cruz joins his best friends in another race-around-the-globe adventure in search of the next clue to his mom’s secret formula. This time we go along with him beneath the sea in the submersible Ridley. So many wonderful fish to see: trumpet fish, Seychelles anemonefish, moray eels, Bengal snappers… it’s hard to catch pictures of them all.

There’s robot-building and other classwork, and then there’s the secret mission: figuring out what the inscription on the back of the Aztec crown charm means. Is it a secret code? There’s a lost professor, a first kiss, and a mystery buried somewhere beneath the Taj Mahal. But the treacherous defenses protecting the next clue nearly does Cruz in. 

This time Cruz ends up in a marvelous archive where his mother’s notebook is housed. But the message is confusing and scary. If he read it correctly, his mom had an accident in the lab – an accident that will alter his destiny.

Like the other books in the series, the back matter explains the truth behind the fiction. You’ll meet a sea turtle researcher, someone who helped design Ocean Space Habitat, and some ocean explorers studying pollution and coral reefs.

You can check out reviews of previous books in the series here  and here . Thanks for dropping by today. On Monday we'll be hanging out at Marvelous Middle Grade Monday with other  bloggers. It's over at Greg Pattridge's blog, Always in the Middle, so hop over to see what other people are reading. Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.

I'll be back with more books in June!


  1. I love stories about submarines! This reminds me of the Submarine Outlaw series by Philip Roy. If you can find them I think you'd like them.

    13 Ways to Eat a Fly looks hilarious! My picture book collection needs it!

  2. It sounds like there's an interesting mystery to solve under the sea. I like that it combines learning as part of the story.

  3. I've enjoyed this series but haven't gotten to number 5 yet. I also discovered there is a 6th book in the making. Thanks for featuring your post on MMGM.

  4. I have not read any of the books in the Explorer Academy. Sounds like I'm missing out on a really good series. Love the inclusion of an undersea mystery that needs to be solved. That's cool! Thank you for sharing!

  5. This sounds like such a fun story! Between submarines, codes, mysteries, and regular MG stuff, it sounds like this book covers everything a reader could want, and really well too! Thanks so much for the great review, and see you back in June!

  6. I haven't read any of this series. This sounds like a good book on its own. Thanks for the review. Enjoy your blogging break.