When their plane crashes, Fred, Con, Lila, and Max must make their way through the Amazon jungle in order to find help. Each child assumes the role of The Explorer (Simon & Schuster, $16.99), moving determinedly ahead and wresting survival from a perilous environment. As they face challenges that range from eating a tarantula to caring for a sick friend, the children must draw upon strengths they never knew they had. Drawing inspiration from classic adventure stories, Katherine Rundell creates a captivating narrative within a richly detailed world. Ages 8-12.