Katherine Rundell has a beautiful way of making writing like new. Her phrases are bright and unexpected jewels, waking you up to the world. She gives seriously good simile! Her descriptions transport you to the amazon and throw you in to the jungle. The Explorer is an adventure in language as well as storyline.
‘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 …’
As any good adventure book should be, The Explorer is about children learning about themselves and finding their strengths and their true characters. But it’s also about finding freedom. The freedom to be yourself and to rage against social expectations. It is fierce and inspiring, joyful and exciting. It is everything a children’s book should be. I loved it.
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Source – kindly sent for review by the publisher.