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


Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780670016532
  • ISBN-10: 0670016535
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: June 2017
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-11
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - Exploration & Discovery
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - Central & South America

 
BookPage Reviews

Hunting for treasure in the Amazon

The Quest for Z brings young readers the story of Percy Fawcett’s early 20th-century explorations in the Amazon, where he hoped to find the fabled, ancient city of “Z.” Readers know from 2015’s Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower that Greg Pizzoli writes about complicated people with honesty and never condescends to young readers.

More than half of this book provides context and insight into scientific exploration at that time, from Fawcett’s obsession with exploring new lands to details about the Royal Geographical Society, then and now. Pizzoli includes background on Fawcett’s family, his training, his expeditions to South America from 1906 to 1924 and the dangers he faced. (There’s an anaconda fright as only Pizzoli could illustrate it.) Ultimately, after setting out in 1925 to find the lost city, Fawcett and his men disappeared and were never heard from again.

Sidebars expound further on certain topics, and Pizzoli’s bold mixed-media illustrations are uncluttered and informative. It all adds up to a complex and intriguing look at a man for whom European imperialism was unsuccessful—certainly a topic rarely addressed in most K-12 curricula. In a closing author’s note, Pizzoli discusses how his own trip to Central America inspired him to finish the book: “I felt overcome by how old the world is, how much there is to see, and how many people have come before us.”

This is an unusual biography of a complicated man.

This article was originally published in the June 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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