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Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

Journey to the River Sea (original 2001; edition 2004)

by Eva Ibbotson (Author), Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

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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.
Title:Journey to the River Sea
Authors:Eva Ibbotson (Author)
Other authors:Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic (2004), Edition: First Scholastic Pr., 298 pages
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Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (2001)

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Would love to read this when I was a girl. I know I would have fallen in love with it. Even now as a more cynical adult I was enchanted and will definitely read more of Eva Ibbotson's books. I was particularly in tune with the main character, Maia, who like me is enthralled by the natural world and new cultures. Also beautifully written with a gripping plot. What more can a good children's book ask for; come to that any book? ( )
  Patsmith139 | Mar 15, 2021 |
Exactly the sort of life-change book I love most. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Maia is brave, smart and good. She attends a British boarding school until she is orphaned and sent to live with her closest relatives, the Carters. The Carters are rubber farmers in Brazil, living deep in the Amazon jungle. Maia journeys to Brazil and goes on a wild adventure, full of mystery, intrigue, terrible villains and fascinating friends. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
3.75 stars

It is the early 1900s and Maia is an orphan in England, though she was left plenty of money. Some family are found in Brazil on the Amazon, so she is sent there to live with them. A governess, Miss Minton, is sent with her. Maia is looking forward to the adventure and excited to meet her aunt, uncle and cousins - twin sisters - but when she arrives, she finds that although the Carters are living on the Amazon, they are trying to avoid it as much as possible. Everything they have and eat comes from England, and they are rarely outside. How disappointing for Maia, who was looking forward to running in the jungle and exploring.

This was really enjoyable. I liked Maia's independence, and I liked Miss Minton. In a lot of children's lit, the adults don't really play any part in helping solve anything. In this one, they weren't the main part of it, but they helped. I liked that, too. There wasn't as much to learn about the Amazon and the animals in it as I'd hoped, but it is a nice book to learn some tolerance of other peoples and cultures. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jul 5, 2019 |
Probably my favorite book of Eva Ibbotson. I lived off her books as a child. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
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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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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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