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Reading for Pleasure

This term we are reading for pleasure...



The Explorer by Katherine Rundell


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 …



1. What does the title The Explorer make you think about?

2. What important things do we need in order to survive?

3. What does Fred use to describe the den?

4. What does this suggest about how he feels?

5. What sort of setting does the author use in The Explorer?

6. The author uses personification throughout the story, can you find examples of this?

7. On pages 62-63, the author uses phrases that show how the fire represents the characters’ emotions. Can you find examples of this?




Last term we were reading for pleasure...


Using our Vipers, can you answer these questions?

What new vocabulary have you learnt from the text?

Why do you think the author chooses to describe the bombs falling as ‘like pennies from a jar’?

What type of description is this?

What is the name of the cinema?

The film stopped ‘abruptly’. What does this mean?

What impression do you get of Olive so far? 

What impression do you get of Sukie? 

Predict what might happen next. 

What stopped Olive from reaching Sukie?