When the Amazon Book Review interviewed the writer Katherine Rundell earlier this month, it was clear that this Shakespeare scholar, tight-rope artist, and amateur pilot is as well-read as she is adventurous. Her new novel for young readers, The Explorer, is the exciting, emotional story of four children fighting to survive after their plane crashes in the Amazon rainforest. It’s a tale of bravery and ingenuity that will make you believe, as Rundell does, that “children are capable of great things,” and that “meeting fear head on is what galvanizes the human heart.”
Rundell grew up running around barefoot in Zimbabwe, reading books from the local library, which were often very old indeed. Dated or not, the stories she read then instilled in her the love of literature and pithy, vivid writing that makes her books for children such a delight for readers of any age. We asked Katherine Rundell to tell us a little bit about the books that meant the most to her as a child.