Journey to the River Sea

by Eva Ibbotson

Reading Age: 10+

Interest level: 9+

by Eva Ibbotson

This satisfyingly old-fashioned story is set in the early 1900s. Orphan Maia is thrilled to learn she is to live with relatives in South America. She cannot wait to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Amazon and is particularly looking forward to meeting her twin cousins.


When Maia arrives, however, the family is far from welcoming and she is saddened to see that they have blocked out all evidence of the rainforest from their stuffy home. Maia turns to her strict yet kindly governess, Miss Minton, for company, and strikes up some unusual and rewarding friendships.


This enchanting story has all the trademarks of Eva Ibbotson's writing. Maia is a wonderful heroine, and Ibbotson weaves a charming, compelling and warm-hearted tale of friendship, our responsibility to those around us, and the importance of the natural world. As well as being an exciting adventure story, this award-winning contemporary classic will leave readers with plenty to think about.


Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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This book is totally amazing #best book ever

Rating: 5 star
17 April 2017

I haven't read it yet but it's very tempting to read; I hope it's good.

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8 January 2017

I thought it was really enjoying and I liked the part when the met the twins.

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9 December 2016

I'd thought that maybe you'd written the whole story in like of a summary but it was a little bit humdrum and too terse!

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12 November 2016

I recommend this book but it has quite a lot of hard words

Rating: 5 star
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20 October 2016

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