The Explorer


With every title she writes, Katherine Rundell proves herself more and more a writer of whom generations ahead will know.

The Explorer‘ charts the story of four children, survivors of an aeroplane crash in the depths of the Amazon. Their separate anxious histories make them awkward companions, but they learn to trust, negotiate and rely on each other as they work to recover and seek Manaus and home. The slight signs of civilisation suggest that somebody has walked their tentative steps before. Could it be ‘The Explorer’?

I recommend this story unequivocally for all readers who love classic adventure stories, who value reminders of the fragile wonder of our planet, especially the Amazon. This is a totally brilliant book to read alone, but I can see it being loved as a winning bedtime story by many lucky children.


The Explorer

Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Hannah Horn


The Explorer‘ is a  brave, resolute, tug on the heartstrings adventure story.Furthermore, it has stirrings of Famous Five/ Swallows and Amazons/ Lord of the Flies/ Journey to the River Sea, and much more besides. This wonderful story is an adventure story classic! We recommend it to all ages- especially as the bedtime read you’ve been looking for!

Costa Children’s Book Winner 2018

Edward Stanford Travel Book Award Winner 2018

UKLA winner (7- 11) 2019



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