The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit



Big Blend Radio interview with marine biologist David Gruber and Becky Baines, VP of National Geographic Kids, who discuss ‘The Nebula Secret’, the first book in the NEW Explorer Academy series, published by National Geographic Kids Books.

Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers. Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there’s more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the  organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why?

Whether on TV, online or in a magazine, National Geographic Explorers captivate audiences with their amazing adventures, ground breaking discoveries and far-flung travel. National Geographic Explorer David Gruber is a world-class marine biologist whose work underwater has led to furthering the study of cancer drugs and developing a better understanding of the human brain. Among his many accomplishments, Gruber discovered the first biofluorescent sea turtle in the Solomon Islands and developed a “shark-eye” camera to gain a shark’s perspective of the underwater world. 

Yes, he has one of the coolest jobs on the planet, but how did he get there and what inspired him to be fearless in his pursuits? Inspiration for this life dedicated to oceanic exploration began as a kid, but wouldn’t be cool if there was a school you could attend that taught you to be a Nat Geo Explorer?

Enter the world of Explorer Academy.  Together National Geographic Explorer David Gruber and National Geographic Kids Books Executive Editor Becky Baines talk with Big Blend Radio and share the thrills, chills and excitement of the fictional Explorer Academy, whose science, technology and experiences are very much based on the real life Explorers, like David.

Written by Trudi Trueit and illustrated by Scott Plumbe, The Nebula Secret, dives deep into ocean exploration. It brings together a diverse, multicultural cast of characters for a thrilling quest that combines science-based fact with futuristic fun. More at


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