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  • Journey to the River Sea

  • By: Eva Ibbotson
  • Narrated by: Imelda Staunton
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Maia, an orphan, can't wait to reach her distant relatives a thousand miles up the Amazon. She imagines a loving family with whom she will share great adventures. Instead she finds two spiteful cousins who see the jungle as the enemy and refuse to go outdoors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an enchanting adventure

  • By Jessica on 08-07-13

an enchanting adventure

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-13

What did you like most about Journey to the River Sea?

The story of Maia's journey from Victorian boarding school to the wilds of the Amazon is exciting and full of unexpected adventure. It kept us hooked, wanting to know what happened next. Despite the protagonist being a girl, my 10 year old son loved this story, particularly enjoying the excitements with Finn & Clovis, and it transported us to another time, and another world. Utterly absorbing.

What did you like best about this story?

Maia's awakening to the wonders of the Amazon jungle, its people and all the possibilities away from the stultifying confines of school and the Carter family. The plot meanders as dramatically as the Amazon river itself, from the strange and obsessive Carter parents and their terrible twins to the excitement, drama and fun that Maia has with Finn and Clovis.

Which character – as performed by Imelda Staunton – was your favourite?

Miss Minton. She appears to be dour and terrifying at the outset, but turns out to be a dark horse, with an intriguing secret past. She has an ability to teach Maia everything from the delights of the magical jungle to the virtues of kindness, loyalty, friendship and love. She is an inspiration in so many ways, holding Maia's hand on her journey growing up & discovering so much about the world.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this to any 9+ reader. Eva Ibbotson's books are delightful, beautifully written and would keep any young reader hooked. I would also recommend One Boy and his Dog.

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