Journey to the River Sea
Accompanied by Miss Minton, a fierce-looking, no-nonsense governess, Maia, a young orphan, sets off for the wilderness of the Amazon, expecting curtains of orchids, brightly colored macaws, and a loving family. But what she finds is an evil-tempered aunt and uncle and their spoiled daughters. It... show more
Accompanied by Miss Minton, a fierce-looking, no-nonsense governess, Maia, a young orphan, sets off for the wilderness of the Amazon, expecting curtains of orchids, brightly colored macaws, and a loving family. But what she finds is an evil-tempered aunt and uncle and their spoiled daughters. It is only when she is swept up in a mystery involving a young Indian boy, a homesick child actor, and a missing inheritance that Maia lands in the middle of the Amazon adventure she's dreamed of. Readers of every generation will treasure Ibbotson's lush historical adventure that harkens back to the beloved classics of Frances Hodgson Burnett and Louisa May Alcott.
Publish date: October 13th 2003
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
I only put books on my shelf that I would recommend to others. If I can't say good things about a book you won't find it here because many other readers might love what I leave on my 'unreadable' pile - I think that's the fair way to review on a site like this.
Journey to the River Sea is just the kind of book I loved reading as a child. It is set in the late 19th century (I've always enjoyed those books more than the ones set in more recent times) and is an adventure story with strong female characters and intelligent kids. Maia has lost both her parents ...
I really enjoyed this book. It's quite young and unrealistic, but it's the type of book I would like my hypothetical children to read one day. It teaches you to dream big, to not be scared of new things, that reading essential and that there are good people in the world, but also that the bad ones c...
Strongly reminded me of A Little Princess, but I found Journey to the River Sea far more enjoyable, and I don't think that's my bias as an Eva Ibbotson fangirl showing through. Much of what I disliked about A Little Princess can be found here as well, namely a protagonist that can do no wrong. But t...
This was a near-miss for me, but a miss all the same. There were some brilliant lines in this book, and one certainly champions all the Good Children, but there wasn't quite enough of anything to satisfy. There's no real depth to the characters, the animals are not described adequately, the indigeno...