Wilbur Smith’s Action-Packed First Series for Children: Review of Cloudburst by Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith’s Action-Packed First Series for Children: Review of Cloudburst by Wilbur Smith

There can’t be many people who don’t know publishing superstar Wilbur Smith, but did you know that he now also writes for a younger audience?

Cloudburst, out this month is the first book in his new Jack Courtney adventure series. If you are a Wilbur Smith fan, then you will know the Courtney’s from previous novels and now they are back, but the focus is on the younger members of the family.

Aimed at 10+ readers, Cloudburst follows 14-year-old Jack Courtney on a trip are to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with his parents for a gorilla conference, they’ve also promised to take his friends Amelia and Xander with them.

The Courtney’s have been very successful in their respective careers and retired early to devote themselves to environmental activism and the Courtney Conservation Foundation. They are keen to have Jack develop an understanding of what’s at stake if we don’t try to stop deforestation. Interestingly Jack’s uncle Langdon has a mining operation in the DRC. They meet up with him and his son Caleb soon after arriving.

However, things don’t go to plan, Jack’s parents go missing in the rainforest, abducted by mercenaries and nobody seems to have any answers. Jack is pretty sure that it’s got something to do with the nearby tantalum mines, but he needs to prove it. Along with Amelia and Xander, Jack must brave the jungle to save his parents.

Wilbur Smith’s first series for children is action packed and explores themes around friendship, family, environment and power. Co-written with author Chris Wakling, Smith was inspired to write for a new generation of readers after seeing the action young people in the world today are taking to question what is happening to the environment.

 There are teaching resouces that the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation have created that you can download, and Wilbur Smith will be donating 20% of profits received from sales of each copy of the book to The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation – supporting work to improve literacy through adventure writing.

What more can you ask for? Cloudburst is the book that keeps on giving and there will be more to come.

Call of the Raven, Wilbur Smith’s new book for adults is also out this month.

You can find out more about it here.

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Publishing Superstar Wilbur Smith Aims Young with Cloudburst: Take a Sneak Peek Here

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31 March 2020

Publishing Superstar Wilbur Smith Aims Young with Cloudburst: Take a Sneak Peek Here

    Synopsis

    Brand new Wilbur Smith series for readers of 11+ - starring fourteen-year-old Jack Courtney.

    Jack Courtney has lived in London his whole life. But this summer his parents are travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a gorilla conference, and they've promised to take Jack and his friends with them.When his parents go missing in the rainforest, abducted by mercenaries, nobody seems to have any answers. Jack is pretty sure that it's got something to do with the nearby tantalum mines, but he needs to prove it. Along with Amelia and Xander, Jack must brave the jungle to save his parents. Standing in his way is a member of his own family - Caleb Courtney.There are western gorillas, forest elephants and hippos. But there are also bandits, mercenaries and hostile tribes. The three friends will need their wits about them if they are not only to save Jack's parents, but their own lives too.
    Wilbur Smith
    About the author

    Wilbur Smith

    Wilbur Smith is a worldwide phenomenon. His readership has built up over fifty-five years of writing. Born in Central Africa in 1933, Wilbur became a full-time writer in 1964 following the success of When the Lion Feeds, and has since published over forty global bestsellers, including the Courtney Series, the Ballantyne Series, the Egyptian Series, the Hector Cross Series and many successful standalone novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide.

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