The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon is by David Grann. In 1925, Percy Fawcett, the famous British explorer, leads his son and another young man into the Amazon jungle to search for the Lost City of Z. None of them are ever heard from again. Numerous expeditions try to find them with disastrous results. This book is a magnificent historical account of the early years of exploration, some would say the "great age" of exploration. Grann researches Fawcett's life meticulously, and even heads for the Amazon himself to discover what happened to Fawcett's party. This masterpiece reads like a narrative, but is wonderfully researched. At times you find yourself reminded of the tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H. Rider Haggard, Fawcett's contemporaries. A Reader's Corner Highly Recommended read. Boys especially should love this book.
Ratings: 9th grade - 10 out of 10 - AC (some mature thematic content).