Journey to the River Sea review Ì 100

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Journey to the River SeaUrceful enough to find herself smack in the middle of excitement than she ever imagined from a mysterious Indian with an inheritance to an itinerant actor dreading his impending adolescence to a remarkable journey down the in search of the legendary giant sloth. Maia is without a home Her parents passed away in an accident and since then she has been a wealthy orphan girl compelled to spend her vacations alone at the Mayfair Academy for Young Ladies in LondonBut at last a letter arrives that her father’s second cousin’s family will take her At their home on a rubber plantation outside Manaus Brazil Maia is headed for the For most proper young English ladies this might be a tad intimidating; but she is determined to embrace the experience The wild creatures of the rainforest the dark hued watery tributaries that form the roadways around Manaus the Indians that call the their home—all are fascinating to MaiaThe reality of Brazil is even thrilling than the place in her imaginationIf only she could live there without her relatives Journey to the is a mid grade adventure story set around 1910 1911 The heroine is irrepressible The setting is gorgeously brought to life The villains are truly awful And the tale is told with a splendid mix of humor tongue and cheek sarcasm and awe

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Journey to the River Sea review Ì 100 Æ Sent in 1910 to live with distant relatives who own a rubber plantation along the River English orphan Maia is excited She believes she is in for brightly colored macaws enormous butterflies and curtains of sweetly scented orchids trailing from the trees Her British classmates warn her of man eating alliSent in 1910 to live with distant relatives who own a rubber plantation along the River English orphan Maia is excited She believes she is in for brightly colored macaws enormous butterflies and curtains of sweetly scented orchids trailing from the trees Her Br. Imagine being a young girl in the early 20th century Imagine your parents both having died while you were in a good school in London Imagine your legal guardian finding some distant relatives who live along the river Imagine being sent there and all the adventures you'd be dreaming of Imagine arriving only to find that you're not wanted only the large sum of money your parents have left you isThis is exactly what happens to Maia in this bookShe arrives in Manaus and immediately falls in love with the exotic fruits the musical indiginous people the eccentric theatre built in the town the greenery and the wildlife Unfortunately there is nothing to fall in love with about her relatives Neither the two adults nor their horrible twin girls And they don't actually like Brazil so there is no exploring the region just going into the garden is frowned uponNevertheless Maia is the typical heroine of such a story brave positive full of life and cheer and good manners So it doesn't take her long to make friends elsewhereAmidst her trying to evade her awful cousins she is tutored by a wonderful governness goes to piano and dancing lessons meets a young actor as well as an old professor some Russian aristocrats and a seemingly wild boy And yes all of them play a vital part in this story because almost nothing is as it seemsThus the young and old readers are taken into the jungle on one of Her Majesty's ships as well as little river boats to encounter all manner of strange and splendid fauna and flora We learn of a plot back in England try to evade some detectives narrowly escape with our lives and simply put have a wonderful timeThere is a foreword and a note from the author at the beginning of my book The former explains the significance of this author I had never heard of her before the latter is she herself telling us what made her write this bookThe passion for the setting is palpable through Maia's and Finn's love for the place the writing is bringing to life all the brightly colored macaws enormous butterflies and dangerous caimans I've read a few adventure stories but this author's swept you along like few othersThis might have been intended for children but despite some plot points being relatively obvious it's a blast for older readers as well Who doesn't want to see people get what they deserve be it good or bad and to go on an adventure in a place seldomly written about And along the way you're taught how awful racism is and how enriched your life can get when you allow yourself to meet other cultures

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Itish classmates warn her of man eating alligators and wild murderous Indians Unfortunately no one cautions Maia about her nasty xenophobic cousins who douse the house in bug spray and forbid her from venturing beyond their coiffed compound Maia however is reso. Orphaned Maia journeys from her very English boarding school to the distinctly un English rainforest There she expects to meet with long lost family who will welcome her with open arms and loving hearts Instead she finds a disgruntled family attempting to recreate England inside their rainforest home and using Maia as the financial aid to continue doing so It is only Maia and governess Miss Minton who embrace their new setting and long to discover all that their tropical surroundings and those who reside there have to offerBefore this book much of my childhood reading was either in a land of the author's own creation or was firmly cemented in Victorian Britain This book was neither and I can vividly recall the enchantment and evocation to be found inside its pages Returning to it as an adult proved to deliver much of the same joy and I am so glad that this beloved tale from my childhood stands up to the test of time