The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon


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Viking Books for Young Readers 2017
Social Studies Curriculum

Imagine this.  Back in 1906 there were places on the map that were blank. No one knew what was in those spaces.  To find out mapmakers would send explorers out into the unknown jungles and mountains.  Percy Fawcett was a British explorer who was sent out into the Amazon River Basin by the Royal Geographical Society.

What would you do if you were paddling down the Rio Negro River and suddenly a giant anaconda rose up before you? What would you do if you found a missing member of your exploration party with 42 arrows stuck in him and he was dead? Would you keep going?

Percy Fawcett had taken training with the Society and learned what plants he could eat in the wild, what insects could be eaten, how to treat a venomous snakebite and how to find his way using the sun, moon and stars as his guide.  Percy loved exploration. He was born to explore and he believed the Amazon held a forgotten, enormous city of stone.  He called that city Z and this is the story of how he came to head off on a dangerous journey to find a city no one else believed in.  A real-life Indiana Jones!

48 pages        78-0670016532          Ages 7-10

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


"From an award-winning author comes a picture book biography that feels like Indiana Jones for kids!

British explorer Percy Fawcett believed that hidden deep within the Amazon rainforest was an ancient city, lost for the ages. Most people didn’t even believe this city existed. But if Fawcett could find it, he would be rich and famous forever. This is the true story of one man’s thrilling, dangerous journey into the jungle, and what he found on his quest for the lost city of Z."--from the publisher

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