by KATHERINE RUNDELL
Reviewed by Mrs. B 🐝
RECOMMENDED YEAR GROUP: 5/6
INTERESTS: adventures, nature, environment, rainforests
THEMES: global warming, deforestation, survival
IF YOU LIKED THIS, YOU’LL LOVE:
Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell,
The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave,
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
This book is set in the Amazon Rainforest. A small plane has crashed and the only survivors are four children. They don’t know each other at the start and there is conflict between the characters, but this is soon resolved. There are lots of minor problems to solve throughout the story. They journey down the Amazon and find a disused ancient city and meet a man who has crashed there. At first he is reluctant to help them, but events change and he does.
The story uses some great vocabulary and I can think of plenty of opportunities for writing including narrative, explanation, non-chronological reports, arguments and poems. The only thing that lets this book down is the ending: it is all wrapped up in about 30 pages and things aren’t really explained, which is a real shame.