The Explorer


Katherine Rundell

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This is a great next book if your reader likes:

  • Adventure stories that keep you guessing.

  • A twist in the tale.

  • Journey stories set in the wild, where survival is the main priority.

  • Stories where the characters get to know themselves and grow stronger through the challenges they encounter.

  • Black and white drawings that add rich detail to the setting.

'Like a man-made magic wish, the aeroplane rose into the sky. It did not stay there long.'

After crashing hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Con, Lila and Max are alone and in grave danger. They have no food, no water and no chance of being rescued. But they are alive, and they have hope.  They begin to find signs that something - someone - has been there before them. Could there possibly be a way out after all?

The Explorer is one of my son's favourite all-time stories. A captivating adventure story exploring friendship and survival, where the characters have to learn to take risks and be brave. Hannah Horn's delicate line drawings combined with Rundell's authentic description of the setting (its flora and fauna) transport you to the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. As suspense builds and builds throughout, the unexpected twists and turns keep the reader guessing.

Savour the moment readers will love the rich detail about the setting and the challenges characters face. However, as the suspense builds and builds, all readers will be gripped right to the end as they enjoy the story's unexpected twists and turns.

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