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Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
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Journey to the River Sea (2001)

by Eva Ibbotson

Other authors: Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

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One of the greatest books I've ever read. ( )
  AdrianaGarcia | Jul 10, 2018 |
I enjoyed the complexity of this novel, though it was easy to read and understand. I think many kids would be able to identify with Maia, and her perspective through the events of the plot. I appreciate how this book celebrates the idea that there is more than one way to live, think, and experience the world. Maia is so open to new experiences and meeting new people, it seems like a book that supports a positive mindset through difficult times. Additionally, the excitement Maia shows for learning made me want to learn more too.
  airdnaxela | Jun 4, 2018 |
I liked this book. It pretended to be a slow burn, hinting at twists that would normally be revealed during the climax. However, unlike most children's books, it didn't follow a standard "story map" - it had an unusual amount of peaks, rises, and falls. ( )
  benuathanasia | Feb 5, 2018 |
Set in 1910, Maia is an orphan who has been living in an English boarding school for a couple of years since her parents died. Her guardian and parents' attorney has finally found a distant relative who will take her in. The Carters have twin daughters about Maia's age. The catch is that the Carter's live in Brazil. Maia does some research, and decides this will be a great adventure. The Carters have hired a new governess, Miss Minton, who will accompany Maia to her new home. On the journey Maia dreams about how wonderful everything will be and how delightful the twins will be. On the ship they meet Clovis, a young actor who is on the verge of puberty, meaning he will no longer be able to play the child roles the acting company "adopted" him for. He wants desperately to go back to England, but can't afford it. Maia promises to see him on opening day.
When she gets to her new home she discovers the twins are horrific, snobby, stupid, self-important, cruel, and petty brats. Miss Minton figures out in the first few minutes that the only reason the Carters took Maia in is for her money. Miss Minton tries to protect and educate Maia the best she can. The Carters have completely isolated themselves from the world around them, eating only canned and powdered food imported from England, refusing to learn the language, or even leave the house unless it is absolutely necessary. Miss Minton helps Maia to learn Portuguese, and Maia makes friends with the local Indians and learns some of their language as well.
On the day of Clovis' grand premier, the twins tell Maia the tickets are sold out, so she tries to make her way to the city herself and gets lost, only to be rescued by a boy she first thinks is an Indian, but later learns in Finn, a recent orphan in hiding from British private detectives.
The story of Maia, Finn, Miss Minton, and Clovis unfold and intertwine. Maia finally gets to experience the Amazon she'd dreamed of. ( )
  Tarawyn | Oct 21, 2017 |
An enjoyable historical-fiction adventure with a girl heroine set in the early 1900's.
  tania.taylor1967 | Jun 7, 2017 |
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Miss Minton was certainly a most extraordinary-looking person. Her eyes, behind thick, dark-rimmed spectacles, were the colour of mud, her mouth was narrow, her nose thin and sharp and her black felt hat was tethered to her sparse bun of hair with a fearsome hat pin in the shape of a Viking spear.
'It's copied from the armour of Eric the Hammerer,' said Miss Minton, following Maia's gaze. 'One can kill with a hatpin like that.'

When she arrives in the Brazilian jungle, Maia finds she must tread carefully, but it's nothing to do with the plentiful insect life. Her sweetly dressed cousins are venomous, and her aunt and uncle avaricious. But the formidable Miss Minton is a staunch ally, and the Indian servants are loyal and loving. Maia also makes plenty of friends among the European children who live in Manaus, but none so close as the mysterious Finn Taverner, half Indian half European.
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Sent in 1910 to live with distant relatives who own a rubber plantation along the Amazon River, English orphan Maia is excited. She believes she is in for brightly colored macaws, enormous butterflies, and "curtains of sweetly scented orchids trailing from the trees." Her British classmates warn her of man-eating alligators and wild, murderous Indians. Unfortunately, no one cautions Maia about her nasty, xenophobic cousins, who douse the house in bug spray and forbid her from venturing beyond their coiffed compound. Maia, however, is resourceful enough to find herself smack in the middle of more excitement than she ever imagined, from a mysterious "Indian" with an inheritance, to an itinerant actor dreading his impending adolescence, to a remarkable journey down the Amazon in search of the legendary giant sloth.

Eva Ibbotson, author of Dial-A- Ghost, Island of the Aunts, and other positively delightful and droll fantasies, won a Gold Award for this book in the 2001 Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes. Likable heroines, loathsome villains, and splendid adventures—-along with Kevin Hawkes's appealing ink illustrations--make Ibbotson's novels a must for every bookshelf. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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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.

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