If you and your family are hankering for a good old-fashioned adventure novel, look no further than The Explorer, a tale of four children lost in the Amazon after their plane crashes. They learn to work together and survive on their own, and in their quest to find their way home, they discover a mysterious lost city and an even more mysterious gentleman. Who is he, what is he hiding from them, and why is he so insistent that they not reveal his existence? This middle-grade novel offers some unexpected twists and a lesson or two, plus a fine recipe for cocoa bean and grub pancakes.— Daniel Goldin
Parents' Choice Recommended From Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner Katherine Rundell comes an exciting new novel about a group of kids who must survive in the Amazon after their plane crashes. Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they're on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.