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The Explorer

by Katherine Rundell

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The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
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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.

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"Starred Review. Fans of survival stories like Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain are an ideal audience for this fast-paced escapade with a lush and captivating setting." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Elegant descriptive passages and lyrical writing...enhance but also occasionally jar the fast-paced, often gritty narrative...Fans of adventure novels such as Gary Paulsen's Hatchet or Willard Price's 'Adventure' series (which are also favorites of Rundell) will enjoy this jam-packed survival story." - School Library Journal

"A tropical action-filled adventure with heart." - Kirkus Reviews

"The Explorer is perfectly suited to its middle-grade audience. It is a book to kindle imaginations. And though it emphasizes the fantastic otherness of the jungle in a way that feels almost antique, young readers will finish it with an impression of the grandeur of the natural world." - The New York Times Book Review

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Ashton

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Fun and great!

Aaditya

The Explorer
A gripping story of survival and the tenacity of the human spirit from one of our most talented writers for children.

Aaditya

The Explorer
Full of Katherine Rundell's trademark warmth, wit and staggering scene setting- the utter exuberance of the adventure is joyful.

Nouha Ahmed

Incredibly exciting
I love this book, it is very exciting and full of suspense.

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Katherine Rundell Author Biography

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Katherine Rundell was born in 1987 and grew up in Africa and Europe. In 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She is the author of Rooftoppers, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award), and The Wolf Wilder.

Katherine 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.

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