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THE EXPLORER is not your typical adventure story. Yes, a plane crashes in the Amazon jungle (Hatchet-style), stranding four kids who try to make their way home. But along the way Rundell reminds us that the most important exploring is that of the inner world, so that we might pay closer attention to the wonders of the world around us. Her prose is palpable, and each character (down to little Baca the sloth) is superbly sketched. If I didn't know it before, I know it now--Rundell is THE master of middle grade.
— Hannah D.
Parents’ Choice Recommended
From Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Katherine Rundell comes an exciting new novel about a group of kids who must survive in the Amazon after their plane crashes.
Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.
About the Author
Katherine Rundell is the author of Rooftoppers, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner), The Wolf Wilder, and The Explorer. She grew up in Zimbabwe, Brussels, and London, and is currently a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She begins each day with a cartwheel and believes that reading is almost exactly the same as cartwheeling: it turns the world upside down and leaves you breathless. In her spare time, she enjoys walking on tightropes and trespassing on the rooftops of Oxford colleges.