Thanks to all the readers, educators, friends, family, and book lovers who came to Brick & Mortar Books earlier this month to celebrate the FINAL book in the EXPLORER ACADEMY series: THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND! For those who couldn't be there, I truly appreciated all of the e-mail love. (If you weren't able to make the event but would like a signed book, Brick & Mortar has a supply on hand. Please call (425) 869-0606 to place your order.)


It was a beautiful sunny day in the Pacific Northwest as I sat down for an 'in conversation' afternoon with acclaimed author and dear friend, Lisa L. Owens. We chatted about how the series started, where it ended, and the inspiration that sparked the various plot lines along the way. I shared a few stories, like how I wrote a sample chapter in order to audition for the job, and then once I was hired, realized I had no idea where to go from there! But seven books later, I guess I found my way. I also shared how much it's meant to me to have such a loyal international readership these past four years. It's been a true joy.


Lisa and I also dished some inside scoop about what is to come. If you haven't yet heard, a new adventure is on the way for the students of Explorer Academy! You can read more about it at the end of THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND. So stayed tuned ... and until we meet again, fortis fortuna adiuvat!



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Updated: Oct 25

It's launch day for the FINAL book in the Explorer Academy series: THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND and I couldn't be more thrilled to share the conclusion of Cruz Coronado's global adventures!


Over the past six years and seven books, I've had great fun sending Cruz and his fellow explorers around the world, from Washington D.C. to Iceland to Africa to the Seychelles to India to China to Australia to Antarctica to Argentina and back again! In the span of the series, they traveled to every continent in the world.


One of my favorite parts of writing the books has been getting Cruz into trouble. He's found himself in plenty of jams, like falling down a well, having his father kidnapped, losing a piece of the etched formula, and nearly losing his life more than once! But somehow, he's foiled death at every turn, with a hand or two from his friends, teacher, and family.


Thanks to all the readers around the world, who have taken the time to write and email, as well as share photos and videos of themselves reading a copy of Explorer Academy! It means more than I can express, which is why the last book in the series is dedicated to YOU, the reader. It's been an amazing journey and I am beyond grateful to everyone who has come along for the ride. Of course, it may not be over quite yet. Stick around, the adventure may only just be getting started ...


Dare to explore!

Trudi


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Updated: Oct 25

Thanks to all the readers, parents, educators, friends and book lovers who came out to Brick & Mortar Books in Redmond, WA for their Summer Signing Event. The weather was perfect and the turnout was great!


My next event is the launch party for EXPLORER ACADEMY 7: THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND on Oct. 8th at 1 PM at Brick & Mortar. If you can't make the celebration but would like to pre-order a copy of EA 7, please contact the store at (425)869-0606 or email info@brickandmortarbooks.com. Please let them know who you'd like the book signed to when placing your order.


Looking forward to seeing you at an event soon!




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