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Summary

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.

But the wonders of the rainforest more than make up for the hideous Carters. And when Maia meets a mysterious boy who lives alone on the wild river shores, she begins a spectatcular journey to the heart of an extraordinary new world.

©2005 Eva Ibbotson (P)2005 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic reviews

"The unconventional cast of characters is highly appealing, and Ibbotson does a wonderful job of turning genre themes topsy-turvy in delightfully humorous style, at the same time adding fine details that expand and enrich the traditional orphan-adventure plot." ( Booklist)

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an enchanting adventure

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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Beautiful

This is such a beautiful book. Wonderful for anyone seeking adventure. Loved it since childhood

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  • 03-04-21

Abridged

The book is abridged and you are not told that at time of purchase. I have listened to the story many times on CD. Although the narration is good and the story is excellent-it is marred by the interference of the thought police. Abridging the book is a travesty.

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  • 31-07-22

Not a real Journey on the Amazon

I was disappointed with this book. I was hoping that it would show more of the culture and the intricacies of the South American rainforest and how the characters survived. But it was more of a Pollyanna, Cinderella, Shirley Temple story sprinkled with Little Lord Faunteroy, Oliver Twist, and the Prince and the Pauper. This was not what I was looking for. I read this story because it was recommended text for a Geography course that I will be teaching. It did not meet my expectations.

Now if you are interested in a story about an orphaned girl who finds friendship and a love for the Amazon, this is for you. But, this not what I expected for a geography course.

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  • 25-10-21

Wonderful!

Wonderful book. I loved the Amazon setting. Accurate and adventurous. I loved the voice of the reader.

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  • 02-02-20

Childhood Fave

It is exactly how I remembered it when I first read and listened to it again on audio.

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  • 27-06-18

I liked it!

The narrator was excellent! It was a cute and creative story for one long rainy day.

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  • 04-09-17

excellent!

story was performed perfectly to bring out the best of this wonderful novel. one of my favorite books as a kid & now one of my favorite audiobooks

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  • Txcoyote
  • 27-04-17

Excellent

The author was amazing as always and the reader was excellent!! We loved this book!!