Author(s): Eva Ibbotson
It is 1910 - Maia, orphaned at 13, travels from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is very unhappy with her exceptionally bizarre new family but befriends Finn, a mysterious English boy who lives with the local Indians and shares her passion for the jungle. Then Finn's past life catches up with him and they are forced to flee far upriver in a canoe, pursued by an assortment of brilliantly eccentric characters that only Eva Ibbotson could invent.
Eva Ibbotson writes for both adults and children. Her books for children, with their fantastic creatures, outrageous characters, dark humour and brilliant storytelling, have much in common with Roald Dahl's. JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA won the Smarties Prize Gold Award and was Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Newcastle. Reader Imelda Staunton is well known internationally for her many film roles, just some of which include Shakespeare in Love, Much Ado About Nothing and Sense and Sensibility.