Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson

Ages 9-12

2001 Nominee

The CILIP Carnegie Medal

2002 Nominee

Whitbread Children's Book Award

2001 Winner

Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award

13 May 2021
320 pages


A gorgeous 20th anniversary edition of Eva Ibbotson's award-winning, bestselling classic adventure, with a beautiful cover by Katie Hickey and an introduction by award-winning author of Letters from the Lighthouse Emma Carroll.

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

Enchanting and inspiring. Any reader presented with this book will be enriched for life
My favourite children's book
The most perfect children's book . . . captivatingly told, funny and moving