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Journey to the River Sea Award-winning

by Eva Ibbotson (author)

Suitable for 9 - 14 years

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It’s 1910, and orphan Maia is off on the greatest adventure of her life! She is leaving her English boarding school and sailing up the faraway Amazon, to start a new life with distant relatives there. Nothing can prepare Maia for the fabulous wilderness of the Amazon river, or its border-town Manaus, 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? Stuffed with wonderful characters, exotic creatures and fantastical landscapes, Eva Ibbotson’s modern classic is a voyage into the exotic landscape that lies buried within every child’s imagination.

Winner of the Nestle Smarties Gold Award.

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

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.6; Middle years; 12.0 points

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  • 296 pages



Eva Ibbotson


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  1. yummybear
    on 24 July 2015

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

    5out of 5
  2. jprincess
    on 19 July 2014

    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.

    5out of 5
  3. Leahka99
    on 8 March 2014

    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

    5out of 5
  4. Athena14
    on 5 March 2014

    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.

    5out of 5
  5. crazychoc
    on 8 March 2013

    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.

    5out of 5
  6. bouncybunny
    on 6 March 2013

    I liked this book . Loved that mia finds outbshe does have a family , I love the story that her reltives tell ,nice book ,endings good but obvious

  7. ellie-melay27
    on 5 March 2013

    really good but quite an obvious ending, still liked it though and because its a true story its even better

  8. a11timehorses
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is so so good. I love it!

  9. evil-penguin
    on 26 December 2012

    This book is great and one of my favourites. People aged 9-10 will love it too!!!

    5out of 5
  10. Dandy1
    on 21 September 2012

    Great story I would highly recommend it!

    5out of 5
  11. nellyanna1
    on 30 June 2012

    It was brilliant!! We read it in school and I read ahead because i loved it so much. A fascinating adventure!! Definitely a good read.

    5out of 5
  12. sweethart184
    on 2 March 2012

    lovely book

  13. mutemath4ever
    on 2 March 2012

    Great book, it is an adventure book and is a wonderful read. I would recommend this book for ages 10+

    3out of 5
  14. rockythefish
    on 30 January 2012

    this was a sad yet thrilling story. Every time you put the book down you want to know what will happen next. Eva Ibbotson really knows how to write a good story. I really felt I was there witnessing all the tropical animals and at times when it seemed that there was no hope. I recommend this to young and old

    5out of 5
  15. MaYaM-XD
    on 8 October 2011



  16. CarribbeanCuba
    on 17 September 2011

    Maia is a orphan, she has had no contact with family, nor does she know of any…Her parents died in a car crash. But then everything gets better, she hears from her cousins, who have two twin daughters-Beatrice and Gwendolyn!And even better, they live in the Amazon! Maia dreams for hours on end about her new life…

    5out of 5
  17. Bookywooky
    on 11 August 2011

    A classic Ibbotson tale, however just lacks the heart and soul of her other books such as The Star of Kazan and One Dog and his boy.

    2out of 5
  18. booksrbrill
    on 20 July 2011

    My fave book, a must have if u like books. Plot is exciting i couldn’t put the book down and i was halfway through and it was midnight, past my bedtime(11pm) but i had to finish it! Its Bril. :)

    5out of 5
  19. Bookowlgirl
    on 19 June 2011

    This book was amazing! I love it, it is one of my favourite books on my book shelf. If you like this then you will defo like “the dragonfly pool” and “the star of kazan” both by Eva Ibbotson!

    5out of 5
  20. ilovebooks789
    on 19 June 2011

    i absolutely love this book. it is a bit silly how Beatrice and Gwendolyn don’t like to go outside.

  21. saisee
    on 18 June 2011

    i am in the middle of reading this book. it is brriiiiiiiiiillllllllllliant! when i first picked it up and started reading the first few pages i couldnt put it down… its the best book be eva ibbotson and probablee more

    5out of 5
  22. NumberOneReaderholic
    on 12 June 2011

    I really enjoyed this book, but I found it quite difficult to get into. My Dad first read it to me about five years ago, and I re-read it recently. The story is captivating, possibly because of the decriptions.

    4out of 5
  23. BookCrazyGirl
    on 19 May 2011

    This is the one of the best books ever written!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I enjoyed it at all times. Sadly its not a book i’d pick up at a bookstore so i only got read it because my nan got it for me. Enjoyed it at all times . I shunned the twins badly. they were so horrible. I’m sad that Eva Ibbotson died last year and I hope her books stay popular forever!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  24. bookworm662
    on 21 April 2011

    this bookk is brillent its at the top of my list and if u love this book you will love the dragon fly pool too also by eva ibostton.

  25. Denise99
    on 17 March 2011

    I love this book,it’s so exciting. I didn’t want to ever put it down

    5out of 5
  26. hockeycrazy999
    on 1 March 2011

    I loved this book, it had a great sense of adventure and a well written and complex plot. I enjoyed the characters and their unusual personalities. I would recommend this book to everyone !

  27. Missymessy
    on 24 February 2011

    I loved this book when I first read it, it was inspiring and kinda educational, I really liked it and hope other people will enjoy it as much as I did!

    5out of 5
  28. belivibubo
    on 3 February 2011

    it was ok but was amazing discription but got boring sometimes

    4out of 5
  29. PuddleTheNaughtiestPuppy
    on 24 July 2010

    I Read The Dragonfly pool it was Amazing But i Thought This Book was Extrodinary ! I recomend to Everyone just make sure your a coffident reader !

    5out of 5
  30. bobo21
    on 3 June 2010

    this book drew me into a world of its own best book i have ever read and i’m 9!!!!!!

    4out of 5
  31. Claudie
    on 9 May 2010

    This book is a really good book and has a very good story line.

    4out of 5
  32. kh75
    on 6 May 2010

    I think this book is great.

    4out of 5
  33. xiramx
    on 5 May 2010

    This is a great book I read it when I was 10, and I enjoyed it!

    5out of 5
  34. rebeccapeat
    on 14 April 2010

    Eva ibbotson truly captures the world as we want to see it Well Done Eva :)

    5out of 5
  35. wilson2010
    on 7 April 2010

    i did read this book when i was at junior school in year 5 and it was grrrrrrreat!!!!!!!

  36. pipla
    on 3 April 2010

    I am a total book lover and this is what the word book means it really give you feeling as if you wanted to be in the amazon. A book so good shouldn’t be wasted!

    5out of 5
  37. Amileen
    on 31 March 2010

    This was a good book, i would recommend it for people who like adventure. It was original and fun and there’s nothing bad to say about it :)

    4out of 5
  38. hatman
    on 27 March 2010

    we are reading this at school

  39. indigobeam
    on 22 March 2010

    This book is nothing but: FAB-U-LOUS!

    5out of 5
  40. mollyhamster101
    on 18 March 2010

    This book was emmence. Eva Ibbotson has a great imagination.

    5out of 5
  41. tilly19
    on 16 March 2010

    this book looks interesting???

  42. MrsEdwardCullen
    on 22 February 2010

    Journey To The River Sea was definately a Jaw-dropping book! I understand that some people found parts a little boring but i found you had to be in the right mood and motivate yourself to get to the next chapter. The style of writing needed a little adjusting too so you couldnt just pick it up and put it down like you can with some books. Once you have given it a good go i asure you, you will find it very original. An underestimated book which should be given more credit! This book left me reeling for the sequel :) x

    4out of 5
  43. Moonnila
    on 25 December 2009

    The story is very gripping, emotional and exciting. Though some parts are very boring but at the end everything fits in like a puzzle! I would reccomend it for the age group 9-11.

    5out of 5
  44. Megz12132
    on 14 July 2009

    I really did’nt like this book. I couldn’t get into it, I go for books I can get into. Not for me really.

    2out of 5
  45. Ben05
    on 6 June 2009

    I am up to Chapter 9 in this book and so far, the story hasn’t been that good. It has been slightly boring and the characters are not as alive as they could be! The story is based around a girl, who goes to live with her aunty and uncle in Brazil. The story could definitely be improved. However, I have not read it all yet, so my opinion may change nearer the end!

    3out of 5
  46. JenJen
    on 12 November 2008

    Absolutely FAB! I loved the way that at the end, all the mysteries kind of – mixed together! At the end of each chapter, you wanted to read on!

    5out of 5
  47. Heelytwistergirluk
    on 2 October 2008

    Journey to the River Sea was just not the book for me I couldn’t get into it but a bunch of other people I know loved it so I think you should give it a try!

    2out of 5
  48. bobble14
    on 2 October 2008

    I loved this book it made me feel so grateful !

    5out of 5

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