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The Explorer

The Explorer

Author: Katherine Rundell
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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.

- Ruth


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.




"A triumph." Philip Pullman on The Wolf Wilder

Author description

Katherine Rundell spent her childhood in Africa and Europe. After completing a degree in English and a doctorate on John Donne, she is now a full-time writer and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she studies Renaissance literature and climbs old buildings at night.

Katherine is the bestselling author of The Wolf Wilder and Rooftoppers, which won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award and was shortlisted for many others. In 2017 she was selected as one of Hay Festival's Hay30 influential young thinkers to watch.

Hannah Horn is a UK-based artist who specialises in illustration, paint and printmaking. Born in Aberdeen, Hannah studied fashion illustration at the London College of Fashion. In her career thus far she has produced work for a diverse range of projects including fashion, print skateboarding brands and album artwork. The Explorer is her first children's fiction illustration project.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781408885284
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Children's Books
  • : June 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 416
  • : Katherine Rundell
  • : Paperback
  • : Export/Airside ed
  • : Hannah Horn
  • : en
  • : [Fic]