Katherine Rundell, an exciting new author whose name will replace the current Horowitz class, has given us another great read - ‘The Explorer’. Four children find themselves plunged into the Amazon Rainforest after their plane crashes. As the only survivors, only courage and determination will ensure their survival…
The Book Club members enjoyed listening to the first chapter, which hooks the reader in immediately with the crash. The children imagined themselves in the airplane before and after the engine cut out; it was interesting to hear the different thoughts going through their minds.
The group then carried out an extensive role play, in which they had to decide where to make a camp after the crash. We then read an extract which highlighted some of the dangers faced by the book’s characters, and the children imaginatively role-played scenes of themselves in the jungle with various threats and dangers appearing. It was all very dramatic!
We finished off the session by reading an extract in which the characters eat some disgusting and dangerous foods, and mimed eating food that we might find in the jungle. This led to a lot of dying!! A really exciting Book Club today which had everyone’s imagination fired.