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Journey to the River Sea Award-winning

by Eva Ibbotson (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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An epic trip into the Amazon’s lush jungle, complete with sinister relatives, exotic beasts and poison-tip arrows. A bit like Northern Lights in a dugout canoe. No greater adventure can be imagined. In 1910, orphan Maia is sent from her English boarding school to the fabulous wilderness of the Amazon jungle. She’s meant to live with distant relatives there. But Maia’s relatives are not all they seem. Now she and a mysterious Indian boy, Finn, must flee for their lives up the great river. Can they survive in this uncharted world of anacondas and crocodiles, poisonous trees and strange, impossible animals?

  • A majestic winner of the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award
  • Vivid, sensual fiction with a rich cast of characters
  • The late Eva Ibbotson was an iconic children’s writer
  • This is probably her most famous and best-loved book

“Too exciting to put down. Sheer pleasure.” The Times

Product Details

Catalogue number

5157 in Rewards Catalogue 2017/18 and 8378 in ROW International Education Catalogue 2018






Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

May 8th, 2014



UK edition



Eva Ibbotson

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  1. Abigail 113288

    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
  2. Avatar owl 761790

    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
  3. Avatar bat 761713

    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
  4. Room on the broom 113684

    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
  5. Love stargirl 113412

    on 9 March 2014

    good book and the cover is amazing

    4out of 5
  6. Ef owl thumb 8

    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
  7. Bellasara 113282

    on 8 March 2014

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

  8. Gruffalo 113679

    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.

  9. Evie 113313

    on 8 March 2014

    Really exciting i have read it twice exciting both times

    5out of 5
  10. Default avatar

    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
  11. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

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

  12. Jane blonde 113694

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  13. Evie 113313

    on 7 March 2014

    Loved this book!

    5out of 5
  14. Default avatar

    on 6 March 2014

    its good

  15. Hayley 113303

    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
  16. Clarice thumb 136

    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
  17. Horridhenry thumb 16

    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
  18. Avatar lion 761782

    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.

  19. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 March 2014

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

  20. Default avatar

    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.

  21. Bs starfish thumb 127

    on 4 March 2014

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