The Explorer by Katherine Rundell - signed paperback
This paperback copy of The Explorer - along with Rundell's The Good Thieves, hands down, one of the best children's books we have ever read - has been signed by Rundell. The Explorer won the Children's Book Prize, the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 and the London Book Fair Children's Travel Book of the Year. This book will have you and your children on the edge of your seat, willing the characters on and weeping as you eagerly turn the pages. It's so, so good.
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 .
Publisher's suggested reading age is 9-12 but we've had 6 year olds and grandparents hanging on every word. An 8 year old with good reading ability can manage it on their own, but everyone will enjoy it.
Paperback, 352 pages