Suddenly the pilot begins to belch repeatedly, his hand gives a violent jerk and the plane dips and lurches away from the river and down towards the canopy. The children emerge from the crash but the pilot is dead.
Suspicious of each other and low on survival skills, the children try to find food and shelter. The discovery of a map leads them to head for Manaus. On the way they fall into an ancient city and meet the Explorer, a man with a mysterious past and keen survival skills who teaches them to eat tarantula eggs among other lore. As his heart softens to the children, he must balance his need to protect the city and forest with his desire to lead them to safety.
“And all of you - do not forget that, lost out here, you were brave even in your sleep. Do not forget to take risks. Standing ovations await your bravery,' Con swallowed. 'But I'm afraid,' she whispered. The Explorer nodded, scarred and dusty and matter-of-fact. 'You are right to be afraid. Be brave anyway.”
Do yourself a favor and embark on this amazing adventure in this wise and wonderful survival story.
Tessa's Picks, 4th-7th grade, Adventure, Survival, People of Color