BE THE FIRST TO READ THE NEBULA SECRET

Join 12-year-old Cruz Coronado at the Explorer Academy, where he and 23 other kids from around the globe will train to become the next generation of great explorers!

Great news! Due to overwhelming response, we’ve DOUBLED the number of Scouts who have been chosen to be Explorer Academy Ambassadors and are no longer accepting entries.

Two hundred (200) lucky Scouts will receive their Explorer Academy Ambassador kits in the mail in the next few weeks. All other entrants will receive an email, offering a sneak peek of the first four chapters of the book prior to its September release! So, check your mailboxes and emails! Stay tuned for more Explorer Academy news and fun throughout the year.

Ambassadors: Read the advance copy of the book and come back to this website to post your review!

YOUR MISSION

STEP 1

Click to sign up and we’ll send you an advance copy of The Nebula Secret for FREE along with a collectible first-edition Explorer Academy pin.

GREAT NEWS!
Due to overwhelming response, we’ve DOUBLED the number of Scouts who have been chosen to be Explorer Academy Ambassadors and are no longer accepting entries.

STEP 2

Jump into the world of Explorer Academy! When you sign up you’ll also receive five chapter samplers to share with friends.

SPREAD THE WORD

HAVE FUN!
We send you chapter samplers. You pick who gets them.

STEP 3

After you’ve read the book, come back to this website to tell us what you think of it by writing a short book review.

GET PUBLISHED!
We may feature your review online or
in Boys’ Life magazine!

MORE ABOUT THE EXPLORER ACADEMY BOOK SERIES

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UNLOCK THE MESSAGE

In the book Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret, Cruz Coronado is plunged into a world of critical missions and code breaking. Crack the secret messages in this game to get clues about the book!

INTRODUCING: CRUZ, LANI, EMMETT & SAILOR

Cruz, his best friend Lani from home, and classmates Emmett and Sailor work together to figure out who is out to get Cruz and why.
Learn more about the kids.

ALASKA EXPEDITION SWEEPSTAKES

(This site is not managed by Boys’ Life magazine.)
One lucky family of four can experience a thrilling ship-based expedition, just like the students in Explorer Academy! Sweepstakes prize trip is courtesy of National Geographic Expeditions.

YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD OR OLDER TO ENTER SWEEPSTAKES.

AMBASSADOR QUOTES

“This book is wonderful! With breathtaking twists and turns, this book must get a sequel.” --Noah, age 10

“I loved this book and I can’t wait for book No. 2 to come out. It was exciting all the way through. It made me want to go to Explorer Academy!” --Fitz, age 12

“I like the book because it is educational and has adventure … Yes, I would gladly recommend this to all my friends because they also like adventure, meeting new friends, and technology.” --Bryce, age 8

“It was a good book and can’t wait to read the next one. I liked Cruz's adventure and liked that he had lots of cool gadgets to use. Highly recommend the book.” --Carter, age 8

I read this book in a few days, and after I finished it I wanted to read more … It is a perfect book for kids who have a big imagination and love to explore. --Josiah, age 13

“I am so glad I waited to read this book. I think this book should be read by men, women, and children.” --Jack, age 10

“This book is about a kid named Cruz, who gets to go to a special school called the Explorer Academy that prepares him to go on a boat that will take him all over the world. I liked the technology and gadgets they used. I'm excited for the next book to come out, although I wish the book was longer.” --Adam, age 12

“This novel is jam-packed full of action, plus tons of cool codebreaking!” --Conner, age 9

“This book was one of the best books I have ever read! With the suspense keeping me up all night trying to figure out the answers. The characters were very funny and all around great!” --Riley, age 13

“I really enjoyed the book. I liked how the children learned using the computer-generated system. I also found it interesting how the Nebula is going after Cruz because of something his mom did in the laboratory. I am looking forward to the second book and already asked my parents for it.” --James, age 11

“The Nebula Secret is an amazing, action-packed book full of adventure and mystery. Guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat; this book will be impossible to put down. Like both Harry Potter and Spy School, Explorer Academy is a series that relates to the struggles of middle through high school life with an added twist. With technologies that are about to become part of our future, this book will connect to the readers and leave them wishing their school was as cool. This book has definitely made it onto my top 5 favorite book series. I can't wait for the second one!” --Petunia, age 13

“It was great, my favorite character was Lani. I would probably enjoy doing the VR obstacle course. I thought the CAVE tech was cool, I also liked Mel's voice command remote, and Emmett's glasses. I recommend this book for a lot of people, especially anyone who likes adventure or technology.” --Graham, age 9

“This is a great mystery book and one of the best books I ever read! My favorite characters are Cruz, Sailor, and Emmett. It's a great story about their friendship and how they get in danger. I wish I could go on all of their expeditions, but the one I would like to go on the most is their final expedition. Read the book to find out all about their travels. I highly recommend this book.” --Andrew, age 11

“I really enjoyed reading this book. I like that Cruz didn't give up when he almost died multiple times. He didn't stop until he found his mom's journal. Even though he trusted people who almost killed him, he fought through it, and he wasn't alone. I recommend kids read this book if they like mysteries and adventure.” –Brendan, age 10

“I enjoy how the book brings in big questions right at the very beginning and answers many of them. My favorite characters are Aunt Marisol & Hubbard. I would want to do the climbing assignment. I liked how Emmett's glasses change color to his emotions. I would definitely recommend this book.” --Owen, age 12

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