Win a copy of The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

‘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.’


We are very proud to have award-winning author Katherine Rundell judging the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition this year. Rundell has won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award, and her most recent book, The Explorer, won The Costa Book Awards Children’s Award and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2018.

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…

We’re massive fans of Rundell’s work – check out The Wolf Wilder and Rooftoppers – and The Explorer doesn’t disappoint: illustrated by Hannah Horn, it’s a rollicking ride that appeals to all ages.

So whether you simply want to read some great writing, or are hoping to gain some insight into Rundell’s writing before you enter our novel competition, you’ll love this prize: we have five copies of The Explorer to tear out of our hands giveaway to lucky readers. Just answer the simple question below to be in with a chance…






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