Publisher description for Journey to the river sea / Eva Ibbotson ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
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With the memorable characters and plot twists she brings to her best-selling fantasies, Eva Ibbotson has written a hair-raising novel, set in turn-of-the-last-century Brazil.
Maia, an orphan, is sent from England to live with unfamiliar cousins on a rubber plantation in South America. The brave, curious girl and her fierce but kind governess arrive in their new home, each with secret hopes of adventure. These are immediately quashed by the Carters, who hate their adopted land and its inhabitants. They are obsessed with re-creating England in the forest, right down to the watery puddings. It is only through friendship with a mysterious Indian boy (who just might be the heir to a large fortune) and a runaway child actor (who specializes in Little Lord Fauntleroy) that Maia and Miss Minton, her governess, find the excitement they longed for: an unexpected expedition into the heart of the Amazon, in search of a lost tribe and the legendary giant sloth.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Orphans -- Fiction.
Governesses -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Amazon River Region -- Fiction.
Manaus (Brazil) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Brazil -- History -- 1889-1930 -- Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.