Journey to the River Sea

It’s 1910, and orphan Maia is about to start the greatest adventure of her life! She is being sent from her English boarding school to the faraway Amazon jungle, to start a new life with distant relatives there. The stories that Maia hears cannot begin to prepare her for the fabulous wilderness of the Amazon, or the surreal sight of its border-town Manaus, whose gem of an opera house is surrounded by moist jungle greenery. But Maia’s relatives are not all they seem, and soon she and a mysterious Indian boy, Finn, are escaping up the Amazon on a journey of discovery and danger. Can they survive in the uncharted world of the river sea – a place of anacondas and insects, crocodiles and monkeys, poisonous trees and strange, impossible beasts…?

Winner of the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award.

“A plot too exciting to put down. Sheer pleasure.” The Times

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    i think this book was fantastic… u get to understand her feelings…. :)

    24 July 2015

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    I like this book because it is very interesting. Maia falls in love with an Indian boy and make lots of new friends. The Carter’s are the worst people in this book.

    19 July 2014

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    I love this story because it makes u relax and makes u peace full and I like it because it’s descripfull it’s a lovely story

    8 March 2014

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    This is an absolutely beautifully written book with lots of plot twists that keep you on the edge of your seat. The descriptive writing makes you feel as though you are with the characters in the rain forest. I absolutely loved it.

    5 March 2014

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    A fascinating story, I love this book. I recommend this to 10 or above (age) as the plot might be too advanced for the children to understand.

    8 March 2013

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    Eva Ibbotson

    Eva Ibbotson is the award-winning author of many books including Journey to the River Sea.


    Eva has twice been awarded the Smarties Book Prize, for Journey to the River Sea and The Star of Kazan, and was awarded the Independent Bookseller’s Book Prize for One Dog and His Boy in 2012.

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