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Book of the Week: The Explorer

August 9, 2017

Book of the Week: The Explorer

From Katherine Rundell, bestselling author of The Wolf Wilder and Rooftoppers, comes her latest children’s book, The Explorer. This is a tale of adventure, bravery, and survival against the odds. This charming story features beautiful illustrations by Hannah Horn and is perfect for readers aged 9 and up.

Fred has always longed to be an explorer, his name published alongside amazing discoveries. But when he is a passenger on a small plane that crashes in the Amazon, he is suddenly thrown into the wilds that just moments before he’d been gazing at through the window.

Three other children survive the crash and they must learn to survive in the jungle if they ever want to make it home. Chances of being rescued are slim, and the chances of making it out on their own seem even slimmer.

Except, it seems someone has been there before them...


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“Katherine Rundell just gets better and better. I loved The Explorer. On one level it's a very exciting adventure story of four children fighting for survival in the Amazon - but it's also saying profound things about human nature and love and loss” - Jacqueline Wilson

“I love every one of Katherine Rundell's stories, but she gets more assured each time - this was everything I wanted it to be and more. Read it!” - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

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    The Explorer

    A new tale of adventure, survival and bravery from the award-winning author. Inspired by her expedition to the Amazon, this beautifully illustrated story is full of charm and warmth. Ages: 9+

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