The Explorer

The Explorer

Book - 2017 | First Edition
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Left stranded in the Amazon jungle when their plane crashes on their way back to England from Manaus, Brazil, four children struggle to survive for days until one of them finds a map that leads them to a ruined city and a secret hidden among the vines.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, 2017
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781481419451
Branch Call Number: J RUN
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm

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violet_gorilla_79
Oct 09, 2020

""All right. But try not to bite me, okay?"
"Yes," said Max. He took a firm hold of Fred's wrist, put it in his mouth, and went to sleep."" - The Explorer

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violet_gorilla_79
Oct 09, 2020

"Maybe . . . he goes there to scream? To roar? I'd quite like a room I could scream in." - Con

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violet_gorilla_79
Oct 09, 2020

""I love them." Max spoke with half a spider leg hanging out of his mouth. "They should sell them at the circus, with the ice cream."" - The Explorer

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violet_gorilla_79
Oct 09, 2020

"You have officially crossed the line between brave and a medical condition." - Con

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violet_gorilla_79
Oct 09, 2020

""I'm always quiet," said Max with dignity. He turned to put his tongue out at his sister, tripped on a stone, and let out a howl loud enough to wake the sleeping birds." - The Explorer

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violet_gorilla_79
Oct 09, 2020

"Oh, good. It's always nice to be grammatically correct when you're being eaten." - Con

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violet_gorilla_79
Oct 09, 2020

"Fish! Fish with teeth! Nothing is safe here. You can't even trust the fish not to eat you. What else? Pigeons with fangs? Monkeys with guns?" - Con

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labraden
Sep 29, 2020

The Explorer is the story of four children who are on a plane leaving Brazil and bound for England. Reminiscent of the novel, Hatchet, the pilot has an attack and dies while trying to save the plane from crashing. After the plane explodes, the four are on their own in the Amazon Jungle. They survive for several days using their wits and their knowledge but have no idea how they will get home. The longer they are in the jungle, the more evidence they find that someone has been there before them. Their only hope is to find someone who can help them get to the nearest city so that they can get home.

The Explorer isn't all that unique as a survival story, but backstories of the main characters are well-developed. There is some humor and lots of adventure making this story an enjoyable read. Overall, a good book for middle grade readers.

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celestetrottier
Feb 13, 2019

I really liked this book. It's a good pick for kids who are looking for a book about kids surviving against the odds. I loved the themes and learned a lot about creatures in the Amazon. Highly recommend it!

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black_jellyfish_50
Jul 14, 2018

I love all of Rundell's other books but when I began this one I was extremely disappointed. The writing style just isn't as good and the characters weren't as touching. If I hadn't started the book with as much expectation I might have liked it but even the plot wasn't nearly as interesting.
It doesn't strike me as a very typical book of the author and I didn't like it.
NOT WORTH READING!!!

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celestetrottier
Feb 13, 2019

celestetrottier thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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