The Explorer

The Explorer

Children's, New & Recommended, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 02/01/2018
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The Explorer
A breathtaking survival adventure - reminds us all to keep exploring
I had seen a lot of press for this title and was fairly interested in it. When Bloomsbury sent me a review copy I was keen to start it. What I thought was... READ MORE
Holly at Exeter Roman Gate
The Explorer
Friendship and survival against the odds in this fantastic Amazonian adventure
Katherine Rundell is fast becoming one of my absolute favourite children's authors, thanks in no small part to her sense of place and ability to transport ... READ MORE
Rachael at Altrincham
The Explorer
Friendship and survival against the odds in this fantastic Amazonian adventure
Katherine Rundell is fast becoming one of my absolute favourite children's authors, thanks in no small part to her sense of place and ability to transport ... READ MORE
Rachael at Altrincham
The Explorer
If I could give this book more than five stars i would!
I was kindly given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I am so thankful as I loved this book! Beautifully written and exciting to rea... READ MORE
Denise at Bromley
The Explorer
Rainforest adventure!
Anything Katherine Rundell does is fine by me, she's a superb writer and manages to write for children without writing 'for children' - her prose is fun an... READ MORE
Sarah E
The Explorer
As soon as I saw the plane in the jungle on the cover I was always going to read it!
I know I would have loved this as a kid... it’s exactly what I wanted to read growing up! It’s a rare kind of book that you can read that it makes you feel... READ MORE
Neil Ashcroft
The Explorer
Very exciting survival middle grade!
A very enjoyable middle grade with survival at its core. I haven't read anything that puts children in quite a dangerous position, and it was nice to see h... READ MORE
Gavin Hetherington
The Explorer
Stranded in the Jungle
This is an adventure story which begins with a plane crash leaving four children stranded in the depths of the Amazon Jungle. In their attempts to survive ... READ MORE
Jane Mac


Like a man-made magic wish the airplane began to rise. The boy sitting in the cockpit gripped his seat and held his breath as the plane roared and climbed into the arms of the sky. 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 spent her childhood in Africa and parts of Europe before settling in the UK. She is the author of Rooftoppers, a story of one girl’s adventures across the rooftops of Paris, which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781408882191
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 370g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The Explorer
It's okay
DNF It's okay. Nicely written and the illustrations are lovely, but I just wasn't all that into it. Got about 40 pages in and just ran out of steam.
Kevin Diggins
The Explorer
Best book I have read for a long time
Full of vibrant imagery, anticipation and suspense, this adventure story puts you right in the rainforest with the characters. The characters are complex a... READ MORE
Louise Inns
The Explorer
You won't want this book to ever end!
I was really sad when this book ended because it's just so amazingly, brilliant. It made me feel like I did as a child reading Roald Dahl, Charlotte's Web... READ MORE
Sharon, Bookseller at Waterstones Gloucester
The Explorer
Loved it
A truely lovely, beautifully written story. I had my children begging me to read more and me secretly glad that they did! Comes highly recommended from a ... READ MORE
Emma Gray
The Explorer
the explorer
all the children's books I bought were bought for my granddaughter. She has not gotten round to read them all yet but she knows she is going to love them. ... READ MORE
Eileen Wilson
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4 and a half stars...
My Daughter says “ The Explorer is a lovely book about making friends, even in the most unlikely places (a jungle for instance ). The pictures are beautif... READ MORE
The Explorer
Just add adventures !
This book has shown that children can be adventurous and have imagination too . I love this book so much . After reading the first page I knew I would like... READ MORE
Kay Pritchard
The Explorer
All a good book needs is a plane crash, a cute baby sloth, a mysterious guy, and piranhas... No, PIRANHA
Great book. My favourite characters are Con and Bacca!
Albus Dumbledore
The Explorer
An amazing adventure!
This book was very great because the children were very different at the start but when their plane crashes they all have to work together to survive in th... READ MORE
Bethan Davies
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Really enjoyed
I really enjoyed the way the focus was on the four children so much, and their journeys both internally and externally. The details within the jungle are r... READ MORE
The Explorer
My favourite book right now.
I loved this book so much, I never got bored while reading it. The book is about a boy called Fred, a girl called Con and a girl called lila , who has a yo... READ MORE
Ruby Worrall
The Explorer
10 year old opinion
"I was so sad to finish, I loved it so much, I felt they'd left me behind when the book ended" Our 10 year olds opinion - a 5* sentence ! Our daughter lo... READ MORE
Alison Eastwood