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Book Review for Eva Ibbotson’s Journey to River SeaJourney_to_River_Sea

Many children like books that have story lines that involve mystery and adventure. Some girls will like books which have a romantic storyline and some of you young female readers will like the notion of being swept away into a different world. So what may you say if I could point you to a book that encompasses all that? Journey to River Sea does. Let me tell you about it and the author.

Journey to River Sea tells the tale of a girl called Maia, who orphaned two years ago, is told in the first chapter of the book that she shall be embarking on an adventure to the depths of the Amazon.  Maia then travels across seas and oceans and along rivers, making friends and acquiring knowledge along the way. Upon her arrival in Manaus, Brazil, the excitement of her journey leave Maia and the reader with high expectations of her life in the Amazon. It’s here that the story gains a sense of adventure and where a passion for life and mystery develop.

Eva Ibbotson is a truly descriptive author who uses words and phrases to add depth to her stories. It is through this description that she interacts with the reader and allows them to join in her in the telling of the story by creating their own images. Her reluctance to use imagery really allows for creative development within children of all ages who are either reading independently or who are experiencing the story from a bedtime point of view.

Journey to River Sea is just one of a large number of works written by Eva Ibbotson. As a book this one is truly magnificent and I can assure you as that it is one book which will leave you wanting to read more and more and that Eva Ibbotson will start featuring on any child or adults bookcase more and more frequently.

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Eva Ibbotson writes for a series of age groups including older teen readers. Alongside Journey to River Sea she has written two other books of a similar vein which are suitable for the similar age range of Upper Key Stage 2, Years 5 & 6 (this is for independent reading- for bedtime reading the content is suitable for all ages within Key Stage 2). These books are:

The Dragonfly Pool

The Star of Kazan









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Eva Ibbotson also has a series of nine books which are targeted towards younger Key Stage 2 readers or those of a slightly lower ability which all follow similar themes of a comical nature that look at the habits and lifestyles as well as interactions of magical creatures, ghouls, ghosts, witches and harpies and allow imaginations to race in the minds of children, teens and even adults alike.

For more information on any of Eva Ibbotson’s books or to get your hands on them then an excellent place for you to visit would be your local library. Give reading Journey to River Sea a chance and it’s my opinion that you’ll be gripped for many more novels to come.

By Alexandra Key 25/9/2012




 


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