The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, reviewed by Sophie

In this book, you will embark on an exciting adventure. Join Fred, Con, Lila and Max as they crash in a plane heading to Manaus. Flinch as they almost die whilst climbing a tree for honey. Murmur as they meet The Explorer, as he trains them to live in the jungle. Scream, when something happens that threatens their entire existence…

My favourite character was Con because she appeared to be tough with no feelings but really, she was a gentle character who had lived with her mean aunt for years. The language the author used made me feel like I was there with the characters and I could feel the fear and excitement that they experienced. 

The few black and white illustrations in the book really set the scene and added to my enjoyment of the book.

This book is thrilling and unpredictable and I would recommend for boys and girls above the age of 7.

I would love to know what happens next, please ask Katherine Rundell to write a sequel!

My name is Sophie and I am 9. I live in Essex with my family: my younger brother and sister, mum and dad and not forgetting my 10 month old hamster. As well as reading I enjoy lots of other things. Some of my hobbies are reading, writing, drawing, playing the violin, drama, swimming and gymnastics. At school I am in year 4. My favourite lessons are art, music, drama, ICT and English. My not-so-favourite lessons are maths, science, history and geography. 

About the book

Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell … Winner of the Children’s Book PrizeWinner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2017Winner of the London Book Fair Children’s Travel Book of the Year’I loved The Explorer’ Jacqueline Wilson’Rundell is now unarguably in the FIRST RANK’ Philip Pullman’Read everything she writes’ Daily MailFrom 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 …