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Journey to the River Sea, written by Eva Ibbotson

Journey to the River Sea by E IbbstsonDuring my early days of teaching I picked up a first edition of this book and read it from cover to cover in two days. I fell in love with the idea of travelling through the Amazon and discovering its flora and fauna. Since reading it, I’ve used it as a class text several times and it’s also helped me teach English to students where it’s a second language. In fact, my original copy I gave away to a french student in Angola who was enjoying reading it as much as I did.

Now I’ve managed to get a new copy and I sat down with Helena yesterday to begin reading it. This morning I spotted her catching the early morning light totally engrossed (just like I was). So I thought I must share this one with you all.

Journey to the River Sea is a classic. It’s about an orphan girl, Maia, who is sent away to a distant relative living miles up the Amazon river. She imagines a life with a loving family but instead her two spiteful cousins make her life miserable. It’s not until she takes to the outdoors and discovers an exceptional world of pure delight through the wonders of the rainforest. And when she meets a mysterious boy who lives alone on the river bank the story becomes so exciting and engaging that you really can’t put this book down.

early morning reading

I highly recommend this book for confident readers or similarly it’s a wonderful read together at bedtime. But don’t be disappointed when your children ask to stay up late to read it!

Vanessa x

P.S. The audio book is just as delightful.


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Mo
March 4, 2016

Sounds great! Have ordered it already!


Christopher Brown
March 4, 2016

My local West London library has this, so have reserved it as we are coming to the end of the current book.


Gina
March 5, 2016

One of my childhood favourite books, I still re-read it from time to time! (Now I read it in one day instead of two! haha!)


Gina
March 5, 2016

P.S.: Of course I also highly recommend “The Secret of Platform 13” and “Which Witch?” 🙂


Vanessa in Scotland
March 8, 2016

Thanks Gina for the recommendations. I’ll take a look at them x


PS
March 6, 2016

So funny, I just bought this right before seeing this post! Glad read it’s a good one.


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Esther in Amsterdam
March 8, 2016

I have to pick this up for Sara — she’s just started to read in English, so this would be a good one, right? xxx


Vanessa in Scotland
March 8, 2016

Yes! Sara will love it. xx


Kate Schick
May 13, 2016

Thank you so much! We ordered it for my niece’s birthday and my husband and I both read it and fell in love with it. It’s absolutely delightful!


Vanessa in Scotland
May 13, 2016

That makes me so happy to hear. I’m really pleased you loved it. x


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