91OeYn7-CZL._AC_UL436_.jpegUnlock ancient puzzles and secrets introduced via supercool codes and ciphers in this companion book to the new Explorer Academy series.

In the first activity book based on the Explorer Academy, kids test their knowledge of ancient codes and ciphers in a series of head-scratching puzzles designed to outwit even the most clever cryptographers. When kids successfully navigate the codes, they are rewarded with a first-class tour of the Academy.

Kids will have a blast, teaming up with the characters from the series and learning firsthand from the world’s most renowned scientists, explorers, conservationists, photographers, and journalists. It’s a far-flung adventure, too, traveling to historic and majestic locations around the globe.

I previously featured THE NEBULA SECRET and THE FALCON’S FEATHER, The first books in the EXPLORER ACADEMY series. The plot follows young Cruz Coronado as he’s accepted into a special school for budding explorers. The adventures are exciting and surprises await in each chapter.

If the fiction books haven’t reached the top of your to be read pile, you can still enjoy this set of code-breaking activities. Included are more than 70 different types of codes to test out your skills in six separate missions. You’ll learn and practice how to decode word patterns, different types of ciphers, Morse code, Semaphore, and various picture codes. They are challenging and if they get the best of you, solutions are included in the back pages. (I know I peeked a few times!)

The future explorer in your family has all they need in this nifty guide. If they make it to the end successfully, an Explorer Academy certificate from the school’s president is the payoff.

But don’t let the kids have all the fun. It’s also great for adults.


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  1. As I’ve mentioned here before, I love these National Geographic Kids books. This one sounds like another winner. I enjoy working on word searches and puzzles books myself, so this one appeals to me as a former educator. Thanks for sharing this gem with us, Greg.

  2. NatGeo does it again. Who doesn’t love puzzles? This sounds great. Thanks for the heads up.

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