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Grade 4 – 6 Readers for English Home Language: Journey to the River Sea

Journey to the River Sea

Journey to the River Sea

by Iva Ibbotson


  • Recommended class reader for grades 4 – 6
  • English Home Language & First Additional Language
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 9781529066197

A joyous Amazon adventure set in the lush nature of Brazil, Journey to the River Sea is filled with mystery and extraordinary characters.

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 twins and their parents.

And when Maia meets a mysterious boy who lives alone on the wild river shores, she begins a spectacular journey to the heart of an extraordinary and beautiful new world.

Winner of the Smarties Gold Medal.
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award (now the Costa).

The most perfect children’s book . . . captivatingly told, funny and moving‘ – Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

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Review of “Journey to the River Sea” by Iva Ibbotson.

“Journey to the River Sea” is a novel written by Eva Ibbotson. The book tells the story of a young orphan named Maia who is sent to live with her distant relatives in the Amazon rainforest. The story follows her journey as she adapts to her new home and discovers the beauty and dangers of the rainforest, and the secrets of her family.

One of the strengths of “Journey to the River Sea” is the vivid and rich descriptions of the Amazon rainforest. The author does a great job of bringing the setting to life, with detailed descriptions of the landscape, culture, and wildlife. This allows the reader to gain a deeper understanding of Maia’s new home and the world she lives in.

The characters are also well-developed and relatable. Maia is a strong and determined protagonist, and the reader can’t help but root for her as she faces the challenges of her new life. The relationships she develops with the other characters are also well-written and add depth to the story.

The book is written for a middle-grade audience and it is a great choice for parents and educators looking for a book that is both entertaining and educational. It deals with themes of family, friendship, and self-discovery, and it is written in a way that is easy to understand for children who are just beginning to read independently.

Overall, “Journey to the River Sea” is a well-written and engaging novel that takes the reader on an exciting journey through the Amazon rainforest. The author’s descriptive writing style brings the setting to life and makes it an immersive read for young readers.

“Journey to the River Sea” by Eva Ibbotson is a novel that is most suitable for middle-grade readers, specifically aged 8 to 12.