|Author:||Katherine Rundell; Hannah Horn (Illustrator)|
When four children survive a plane crash over the Amazon jungle, they have to put aside their differences and band together to find shelter and food. There is Fred, who dreams of being an explorer one day, Brazilians Lila and her little brother Max, 5, and the moody Constantia, an orphan who only answers to Con. After Fred finds a map, they build a makeshift raft and set off down the river looking for help - and stumble into the camp of a mysterious hermit.
Rundell, who wrote the wonderful Rooftoppers, set in Paris, vividly describes the beauty and danger of the Amazon in this exciting adventure story about friendship, survival and the importance of conservation. Her characters are beautifully drawn and each has hidden talents that come to the fore as they learn survival skills. Set around the 1930s, there are elements of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea, and Willard Price's adventure stories in this gorgeous modern classic for age 9 plus.
COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD WINNER 2017