Katherine Rundell is the author of very unusual books. In her novel Rooftoppers a lot of the action takes place on the rooftops of Paris. Her novel Wolf Wilder, which is set in Russia 100 years ago, is about a young girl and the wolves she cares for. Her latest novel, The Explorer, is set in the Amazon Jungle.

She will take you to places you can’t easily go, except in your imagination with the help of a really good book.

We were delighted to welcome Katherine to Chapman House to talk to Years 5 and 6 about her travels and experiences, including swimming with dolphins and piranhas in the Amazon, making friends with wolves in Russia, and walking on the rooftops of her Oxford college and on the tightrope she keeps at home.

Wolf Wilder won our local North East Book Award this year, and Katherine is also Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and she has been shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. The Explorer is another wonderful story of courage and friendship, as four children make their way through the Amazon after a plane crash, meeting the mysterious Explorer who teaches them how to survive in the jungle.

Our girls commented: “We liked hearing about her life and adventures; it was really cool that she swam with piranhas!”
“We like her descriptions; they help you picture things easily in your head”
“It’s good the way she makes notes all the time in a notebook, so she remembers what happens to her”
“It’s good to find out how authors write their stories”

Katherine is an inspirational speaker, glowing with a love of books and adventure, and we hope she will write many more unusual novels in the future.

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