Journey To The River Sea, Paperback book

Journey To The River Sea [Paperback]

by Eva Ibbotson

4.24 out of 5 (17 ratings)

Pan Macmillan 
Publication Date:
03 June 2011 
Adventure stories 


It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at 13, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in this highly colourful, joyous and award-winning adventure.

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  • A wonderful little book. I would have loved this as a child. If i had a daughter, i'd want her to read this book. My only quibble is that the girl in the story, Maia, is too perfect - clever, good, unspoilt etc. But then, as she's the heroine, i can forgive her...

    5.00 out of 5


  • Sent with her governess to live with the dreadful Carter family in exotic Brazil in 1910, Maia endures many hardships before fulfilling her dream of exploring the Amazon River. excellent historical fiction in the tradition of FH Burnett

    5.00 out of 5


  • this is Eva Ibbotson's best book, i absolutely loved it and read it in one sitting...

    5.00 out of 5


  • This wasn't a recent read, but we have it in our Blevins library and it remains one of my all-time favorite children's books. It is slightly Dickensian in flavor, because the good people are very, very good, and the bad people are horrid. It is set in the Amazon Rain Forest and has plenty of action and adventure. The ending sees the good people rewarded and the bad ones getting what they deserved. The writing is beautiful, the setting is gorgeous and exciting, the main character is strong and survives against all odds, and the plot is magical. This would make a great family read.

    5.00 out of 5


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