Journey to the River Sea Award-winning

by Eva Ibbotson (author)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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An Amazon adventure set in the wilderness of Brazil, Journey to the River Sea is filled with mystery and memorable characters.

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, 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 Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson’s highly colourful, joyous adventure.

Winner of the Smarties Gold Medal. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award.

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  1. Numo
    on 21 November 2018

    It is a very nice story, and if you love adventure stories this is the exact book you should read.

    It is a wonderful story, probably one of my favorites and i love how it makes you know what is probably going to happen next.

    So PLEASE PLEASE read it!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  2. mintymoo368
    on 27 August 2014

    This is a story about a girl called Maia who leaves her English boarding school to go and live in Brazil with her Aunt, Uncle and twin cousins. But everything is not all that it seems! A rollercoaster of twists and turns and a brilliant book.

    4out of 5
  3. PenguinPenguin3
    on 10 June 2014

    I love all of Eva Ibbotson’s books, but my favourite has to be Journey to the River sea. When the poor orphan Maia cries, you cry. when she laughs, you laugh, and when she is surprised you are! I really wish the great author of this book was still alive today to create more amazing stories!!!

    5out of 5
  4. Booklover88
    on 12 April 2014

    Awesome book, very cool, love Eva Ibbotson, and she’s great. Though, I have to say, it’s not that difficult. To be honest, I could read it with my eyes shut: but this is coming from the most difficult person you’ll find on this review site, so don’t listen to me. I love this book. It’s so sweet and nice. Read.

    5out of 5
  5. iman-sid1
    on 23 March 2014

    My friend ruby has read this as well and I think it is good. We had to read a book about the amazon because this term we were doing a project about the rainforest. It described a lot and really helped me with information and interesting facts. If you’re doing a project about the rainforest this is the book for you he perfect match.

    5out of 5
  6. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    good book and the cover is amazing

    4out of 5
  7. Hannahlili
    on 9 March 2014

    I really loved this book as it expresses so many emotions. I also loved this book because I love the rainforest. Sad about the cliffhanger at the end though…...

    5out of 5
  8. crazykitty
    on 8 March 2014

    I love this book because the first time I just could not put the book down its soooo good.

  9. Readingwizard55
    on 8 March 2014

    I really didn’t enjoy reading this book. I thought it was long and repetitive. It was also really hard to get into to. But some people might like it. I thinks it’s a good book just not for me.

  10. Lovely1010
    on 8 March 2014

    Really exciting i have read it twice exciting both times

    5out of 5
  11. Eymane143
    on 7 March 2014

    The story has everything you want from an adventure; animals, beautiful rainforest and snobby, spoiled little brats of cousins. This is a touching book and it shows what friendship, perseverance and lots of other things really are.

    I loved this book so hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did. I recommend it to children ranging from 8-12

    4out of 5
  12. bookaholic202
    on 7 March 2014

    Maia is an orphan who goes to live with the carters in Brazil. Its a really good story.

  13. sealsammy
    on 7 March 2014


  14. bookworm823
    on 7 March 2014

    Loved this book!

    5out of 5
  15. books2000
    on 6 March 2014

    its good

  16. Spidergirl
    on 5 March 2014

    I love this book it is really good and I love the way she goes to the amazon and spots loads of different things because it make the book interesting

    5out of 5
  17. peddiereddie
    on 5 March 2014

    This is a brilliant action and adventure book! I love the bit when she goes to the rainforest! Once you start reading you won’t be able to put it down!

    5out of 5
  18. swimming10
    on 5 March 2014

    This is a great book about a girl who gets sent to the edge of the rainforest to live with her horrible cousins.although she is not aloud to go into the rainforest, she does. She meets a young boy which start a life time of adventures… I like this book because it is interesting, exciting and once you have started reading it, you won’t be able to put it down!

    5out of 5
  19. Celine1
    on 4 March 2014

    I love this book so good and fun I love the way she goes to the amazon and spots loads of different things love it and at parts it made me giggle a bit.

  20. Banditze
    on 4 March 2014

    Very good, I would definitely recommend it! I especially liked it as I love the rainforest!

  21. Prisoner01
    on 4 March 2014

    Journey To the River Sea is great if you like action and adventure. You really feel for Maia as she has to live with her horrible cousins and it makes you wonder what will happen next.

  22. yarnee
    on 4 March 2014

    I loved it so much this is my 10th best book nothing can beat this nor Jacqueline Wilson