Trudi Trueit and Erika Bergman

Event date: 
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm


Author Trudi Trueit and National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman will be stopping by Hicklebee's with a brand new book in the adventure series Explorer Acedemy.

Inspired by the fascinating work and real adventures of National Geographic Explorers, The Falcon's Feather invites you to board the ship Orion, where Cruz and his friends experience cool science, cutting-edge technology and real expeditions (including an up-close encounter with whales).

Cruz jumps right back into school and starts using the latest technology in submersible underwater dives, but is soon reminded of the dangers of exploration when his equipment fails and he almost drowns. Determined to keep his eyes on the prize, Cruz sneaks away to try to find answers, but unknowingly lures his friends into bigger trouble. When a friend of Cruz's mom meets an untimely end, Cruz's luck really seems about to run out and the questions multiply. What does the message mean? Where will it lead? Who is following him? And why? 

This thrilling global mission has been hailed by J.J. Abrams (director of “Star Trek” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) as “a fun, exciting and action-packed ride that kids will love.” Whether it is cracking hidden codes or reaching the northernmost point of human civilization, The Falcon’s Feather will have readers on the edge of their seats to the final page. Trueit and Bergman will give a brief half an hour presentation followed by a book signing.


Author Trudi Trueit is a gifted storyteller for middle-grade audiences. She has written more than 100 books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction, including The Sister Solution, Stealing Popular and the Secrets of a Lab Rat series. Trueit lives in Everett, Washington. Explore the rest of her books here.

Erika Bergman is a submersible pilot, a virtual reality engineer, and an enthusiastic ocean explorer. In 2013 she received a National Geographic grant for her "Classrooms Under the Sea" expedition to live stream video from submersibles. Weaving together her passions for submersible engineering, rich media storytelling, and outreach, she founded Global Engineering & Exploration Counselors ( which provides a network of thrilling engineering camps to girls around the world. Erika is also an editor of, a site dedicated to supporting and curating a new era of connected, citizen exploration. 





Explorer Academy: The Falcon's Feather (Book 2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426333040
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Under the Stars - March 19th, 2019

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (Book 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426331596
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Under the Stars - September 4th, 2018