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Danger, mystery, and high adventure await as Cruz boards the Explorer Academy ship on a dangerous mission to the icy north in search of the first piece of his mother's hidden cypher.
In the exciting follow-up to The Nebula Secret in the Explorer Academy series, Cruz, Sailor, and Emmett, along with their new ally Bryndis, embark on their first globe-trotting mission aboard the ship Orion. Cruz jumps right back into school and starts using the latest technology in submersible underwater dives, but is soon reminded of the danger he's in when someone tampers with his diving helmet 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. Who is following him? And why?
This captivating follow-up to book one is the sequel every Explorer Academy fan is waiting to read!

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6th May '19
I read it to LucasChops aged 7 aged 7
The Falcon's Feather 9781426333040
5 stars
This is the second in the "Explorer Academy" series and WOW!  I daresay the beginning would have been easier had we read it's predecessor, but it does work as a stand alone story.
In a nutshell, Cruz is trying to find the hidden parts of a cipher left by his Mother.  With the help of other members of the Explorer Academy they find themselves in Iceland, where they believe the second part has been hidden.
Meanwhile evil forces are working to prevent them from solving the puzzle (even to the extent that they try and kill Cruz)
The tale is exciting and has plenty of great quality photos and illustrations to help it along.  What's more a fair amount of it is based upon fact - so not only do you enjoy a seat of your pants adventure but you get to learn a bunch of stuff along the way.
We shall definitely be looking out for the further instalments!
7th May '19
ChildGenius read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Falcon's Feather 9781426333040
5 stars
The cover is impressive, with its appealing hardback and deep tones of maroon and blue. The book starts with a map of the Orion Ship. The colour illustrations are vibrant and add a lot to the story.  The font used in the text of the book is bold and different. The story follows Cruz and his adventures. I particularly liked the maps in the story. However, I felt that you would understand the book better and appreciate it more if you have read the first book in the series, The Nebula Secret.

Comment by parent: I think that including a brief prelude or synopsis at the beginning of the book about the last book, The Nebula Secret, would have helped readers who have not read the first book. 
8th May '19
I read it myself (an adult) , to BishopsReaders aged 11 to 18 & to jAMES23 aged 9 aged 9
The Falcon's Feather 9781426333040
5 stars
This is a lovely adventure story similar to the Alex rider series but easier to read.  Throughout the book there are many illustrations and the font used is very clear for younger readers to enjoy.  You get to see a glimpse of the Nebula (the 'baddies') through the book and get to see what they are planning and how they react when it goes wrong for them.  I really liked the use of the change of paper for this.  When reading from the Nebula side the paper is black, which I think helps younger/non-readers to relate easier to what is happening.

This book is full of mystery, danger, and adventure when Cruz and his friends board the Explorer Academy ship.  Cruz is on a mission to the icy north in search of the second piece of his mother's hidden cypher.  Along the way Cruz meets a few new friends, or at least he thinks he does.  Its difficult to know who to trust.

A great adventure for younger readers and reluctant readers.  I've not read the first book and I think that would have helped me to realise what type of Academy Cruz was going to but I picked it up eventually. I will certainly be looking at buying the rest of the series.
13th May '19
dkathurima read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
The Falcon's Feather 9781426333040
4 stars
We get to accompany the youth explorers on their first mission. Cruz's class is asked to help rescue a pod of right whales, several of which have become entangled in fishing nets. the story describes new exciting technology which they us to save the whales. I would like to go back to the first book of the series and start from he beginning as looks to be a great set of books. where the book if over the course of a school year it shows different relationship develop. Great book

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7th May '19
rsa read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Falcon's Feather 9781426333040
4 stars
We shared the reading of this particular book, as my son found it rather difficult to get gripped by it. He was a bit concerned that he had missed too much as a consequence of not reading the first book in this particular series. I think it probably would have helped, but it didn’t appear to be essential. The main character, Cruz, is a young boy who is trying to find a secret formula of a serum to regenerate human cells, which would have world changing consequences. His mother, the creator of formula, had engraved it on marble stone and then split it into eight pieces. She left her son a holo journal with clues to find these eight fragments, which had been scattered around the world. It is race to get it before the mysterious Brume, the owner of Nebula Pharmaceuticals, and Prescott, his side arm, does.

The book is split into chapters, some on white pages, some on black. Those on white pages are centred around Cruz and his companions. The black pages, only a few in a chapter, revolve around Prescott and Brume. The Falcon's Feather is filled with intrigue and mystery, everyone on board the Explorer Academy Ship, Orion, that Cruz and companions are on, are not genuine. Cruz is in constant danger. My son liked the idea of a time capsule (memory holding device that could be shared with others) and the talking to whales. A book full of science, adventure and puzzles to unravel.
3rd June '19
JH23 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Falcon's Feather 9781426333040
4 stars
This was an exciting adventure but I wish I'd read the first book first. I like that it was almost real and the adventures of the Geographical Society because that made it more believable and the places they went to were interesting. There were lots of cliff hangers and I like that because it makes you want to read more and keep on reading. I really liked the pictures, particularly the ship at the beginning , because it helps you imagine it more clearly when they talk about what is happening. 
7th May '19
I read it myself (an adult)
The Falcon's Feather 9781426333040
3 stars
A good story plot but was very difficult to understand . A good potencial but was ok. Ages 8 to13 may enjoy this book.
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