The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
Four children survive a plane crash in the Amazon rainforest. How will they cope?
Adventure stories where the adults are conveniently dispatched is a recurrent theme in children’s literature but in Katherine Rundell’s skilful hands, this is no conventional tale of intrepid boys and girls. The characters of schoolboy Fred and Con (‘’It’s short for Constantia, but if you call me that I’ll kill you.’’) are especially well fleshed out as they are called on to draw deeply on their inner resources. However, are they alone in the forest?
This book is a beautifully crafted object with its colourful jacket, well-spaced typeface and Hannah Horn’s black & white illustrations, depicting the flora and fauna and homing in on individual insects as chapter dividers.
CLPE was delighted that Katherine Rundell was a speaker at our Power of Reading launch conference on October 5th as her earlier title Rooftoppers is a Power of Reading selected text.