Eva Ibbotson

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Journey to the River Sea

book | Fiction | 2001

Winner of the Nestle Smarties Book Prize, 9-11 years category, 2001 

Highly Commended Runner Up in the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, 2001

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, 2001

Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year, 2001

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at 13, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey.

Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in this highly colourful, joyous and award-winning adventure.


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Journey to the River Sea
Journey to the River Sea

Enchanting and inspiring. Any reader presented with
this book will be enriched for life. 

Anne Fine, Children's Laureate (2001-2003)

A bubbly and fantastical adventure . . . Driven by humour and warmth, Journey to the River Sea has an irresistible charm. 

Julia Eccleshare
The Guardian

The most perfect children’s book of the year . . . captivatingly told, funny and moving. 

Nicolette Jones
Sunday Times

Eva Ibbotson had the great and natural gift of telling a story without any fuss ... Journey to the River Sea shows her at her very best. 

Philip Pullman

Journey to the River Sea is pretty much perfect. A richly satisfying, superbly written adventure. 

Dinah Hall
Sunday Telegraph

A plot too exciting to put down. Sheer pleasure’

Sarah Johnson
The Times

This is a wonderful adventure story, told with energy and imagination. 

Mail on Sunday

"A lyrical story that richly re-creates the lush Amazon and a fading colonial world." 
Guardian Children's Books Guide 2011

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