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 ...Read MoreIt 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.Read Less
"Journey to the River Sea", by Eva Ibbotson is a wonderful book and an exciting read. Without being preachy or simplistic, it shows the journey of one Maia, a young girl from Briton, who travels to the Amazon after her parents are killed in an accident. Supposedly, she is going to live with caring reletives who will raise her properly, but it turns out that the Carters (her father's second cousin and his wife and twin daughters) are more interested in the money they get paid for her upkeep than in Maia herself. Greedy, spiteful twins, a creepy collection of glass eyes, and a crazed bug-killer make up the Carter family, who live on a failing rubber plantation in the jungle while all the while pretending they still live in England. A home-sick, British boy acter, a reluctant hier, and a stern-but-fascination governess all combine to make this story of Maia's Amazon a beautiful read, and the ending is positively sterling. A must-have for all would-be adventurers, Amazon enthusiests, or just those who love a good book.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-11-26 Ibbotson (Island of the Aunts) offers another larger-than-life adventure featuring lovable heroes and heroines, nasty villains, much hilarity and a deliciously gnarled plot. In 1910, Maia, an English orphan, accompanied by her newly appointed governess, Miss Minton, sets off to Brazil to live with distant cousins. She dreams of exploring the banks of the Amazon and viewing exotic wildlife, but her self-serving cousins and their spoiled twin daughters despise the outdoorsDalmost as much as they despise Maia. The heroine feels like a prisoner, forced to live inside the "dark clinical green" walls of her relatives' bungalow. Her life would be dismal indeed, if she didn't sneak out every once in a while to meet up with two other orphans with whom she has crossed paths: Clovis, a traveling actor, who longs to return to England, and Finn, a rich heir, who would rather live with the "Indians" than be sent to the British estate where his grandfather eagerly awaits his arrival. Suspense steadily rises as all three of the children attempt to escape their undesired fates. Thanks to a series of surprising coincidences and strokes of good luck, the orphans manage to change their destinies. Although the book's dnouement drags on a bit long, readers will come away with the satisfaction of knowing that the good guys are amply rewarded with bright futures and the bad guys get their just deserts. Ages 10-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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