The Explorer

by Katherine Rundell


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About this book:

From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place.  With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them.

Katherine Rundell is the author of Rooftoppers a mesmerising story of one girl’s adventures across the rooftops of Paris, and many other adventure stories. She is an author that parents love to read to their children at bedtime because the stories can engage everyone, they are truly the classics of the future.

‘There’s a gritty solidity to the horrors and the beauties, and a completely convincing depth to the characters, all of whom I loved. Katherine Rundell is now unarguably in the first rank.’
Philip Pullman

‘A magnificent adventure.’
Abi Elphinstone

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