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Journey to the River Sea
Eva Ibbotson

Genre:
Action, adventure and romance

When thirteen-year-old Maia journeys to her only remaining family in the Amazon, instead of finding the friendly people she’d imagined she meets the Carters, a horrid family who live a meaningless life complaining about the jungle and eating imported food from England.  Things look up for Maia when she meets Finn Taverner, who lives in the jungle and loves it there…

Leah Collins, 6RG (2016)

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30 comments on “Journey to the River Sea

  1. rrostam says:

    This book is good because she’s 13 years old and she’s going on a journey to the remaiming family to the Amazon

  2. fnkwocha says:

    I love this book because I think the storyline is creative and beautiful.
    This book is full of adventure and mystery. I would recommend this book for adventure lovers
    but it is also a sad misery story as well!
    This book has it all!!!!!!

    Will Maia learn to survive in the lifeless home of the Carters? Or will fait find her?

  3. kclarke says:

    This is a fantastic story that really draws you in. It is a great book about a young girl called Maia, whose parents are dead and is sent to the Amazon to live with the Carters, her only living relatives. The Carter family consists of Mr Carter, Mrs Carter and their two daughters, Beatrice and Gwendolyn along with some of the plantation workers (as Mr Carter owns a failing rubber plantation) and some under-paid servants. The family are cruel but she finds solace in the jungle and then life takes a rather unexpected turn…

  4. lbailie says:

    Journey to the River Sea is an adventure novel written by Eva Ibbotson and published by MacMillan in 2001. It is set mainly in Manaus, Brazil early in the twentieth century and conveys the author’s vision of the Amazon River.

    It was a finalist for all of the major British children’s literary awards (below), winning the Smarties Prize, ages 9–11, and garnering an unusual commendation as runner-up for the Guardian Award. Anne Fine, British Children’s Laureate (1952-2001 and one of three former winners on the Guardian panel, wrote that “we all fell on Eva Ibbotson’s perfectly judged, brilliantly light to read, civilised Journey To The River Sea, in which we are shown how, as one of the characters Miss Minton reminds us, ‘Children must lead big lives… if it is in them to do so.’ because, in any other year, we would have handed her the prize without a thought

  5. lbailie says:

    this is a good book

  6. Ms Mason says:

    I loved reading this with my mum when I was a child. A great adventure story, enjoyable for all!

  7. Zarak Khan says:

    I have read some and I enjoyed it it was my schools class book

  8. hbigueyapua says:

    I like this book because it’s my favourite thing to read and I think I will have the book when it’s Christmas so I really really enjoy it.

  9. ikanarski says:

    I think this book is are ally fascinating book about a girl called Maia and she goes to live with her distant relatives and she discovers a whole new world!!

  10. efuller says:

    This book is a long mysterious enjoyable book which is suitable for all ages.

  11. sconteh says:

    Maia is a exciting adventrous person who lives in England.
    Maia gets to move to Brazil since her last bit of family settles there.
    She thinks the place would be wonderful and glorious when she realises ho wicked and poisened these people really are.
    The moral of the story is: don’t get your hopes up.

  12. famin says:

    This book is about Maia and her life, as a terrible accident in egypt happened to her parents costing them there lives , she journeys down to the RIVER SEA to meet the carters but all is not what she hoped it would be.

  13. ahooper says:

    This book was highly recommended for me so I decided to read it………
    It’s amazing! Full of adventure. when thirteen year old Maia is makes her way to the only remaining family known to be alive that live by the Amazon Maia is thrilled thinking that she will be welcomed by the Carters but unfortunately not. They hate the jungle……..

  14. smuhidin says:

    Maia who is 13 years old goes to the Amazon to live with the crates.In the kitchen there is a locked door ,nobody’s aloud to go in…
    Find out when you read the book.
    Also I think this book is very good book for adventures children.

  15. krussell says:

    Journey to the river sea is a good book so far.It’s about a girl called Maia and she’s in the amazon to meet the carters who hate nature.She also thought the twins are steriotypical girls

  16. madom2 says:

    Journey to the river sea is a great book to read. It’s about a girl called Maia and she is going to meet her family in Brazil

  17. esampson says:

    A good book for young children who want some ecxitement.

  18. tcarpenter says:

    cool book

  19. astrigo says:

    This is a very inspiring good book for children.

  20. mmaccallumhall says:

    We are reading this book currently as a class in reciprocal reading and it is really good so far. The description makes you feel like your in a boarding school or on a swaying boat. We haven’t read much of it yet but I can tell that it is going to be an amazing book

  21. ibuglione says:

    This book is very good especially when she finds out about how horrid her family is

  22. obates says:

    I love this book and I highly recommend it to anybody and everybody. I love the time they spend with the Xanti tribe, I wish I could live in that paradise.

  23. ebarrett says:

    I loved this book a lot. For the people who haven’t read it it is all about a girl who parents have died and her headmaster of her bourding school can’t find any of her other relitives except one who live in the amozon. Maia (the girls name) thinks that they will be caring and loving to the animals around them but insted she finds two spightful coisons who see the junggle as there enimy.
    I loved this book. I recommend it for all ages.

  24. mrees says:

    when I was in year four i read this book and it was amazing it has so much description and i very much so enjoyed to read it and recommend it to allot of children and adults.it shows personality and kindness that you can only express in a book.

  25. ebarrett says:

    I love this book it is all about a girl named Maia who has to go to the amozon to find her loverly beautiful relatives but instead she finds two spightful coisons who take the jungle as there enemy.
    I loved this book I recommend it for all ages.

  26. Erin Rees says:

    I would say that this is a interesting read . The characters are fun and in some way rather relatable . However , the story line is rather flat , with not many major surprises , but it is still well written and enjoyable . The feisty female heroine is included in a sequel ( I think ) so if you enjoy this book make sure to look out for the second one . Erin

  27. Mr Milne says:

    A young orphaned girl is sent away, together with a mysterious but formidable governess, to live with cruel and idiotic relatives in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. A fine adventure, with evocative description of the Amazon (the ‘River Sea’) and the steamy, colourful, beautiful jungle, if perhaps a rather predictable story-line.

  28. tom.milne1@btinternet.com says:

    A young orphaned girl is sent away, together with a mysterious but formidable governess, to live with cruel and idiotic relatives in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. A fine adventure, with evocative description of the Amazon (the ‘River Sea’) and the steamy, colourful, beautiful jungle, if perhaps a rather predictable story-line.

  29. Joe Halloran says:

    This is a test