Ibbotson is an excellent storyteller with many great novels to her name, and Journey to the River Sea is no exception. The story starts in 1910 in England and takes the reader on a wonderful adventure from an English boarding school, traveling to Brazil and onwards to the River Amazon. It’s got mystery, romance and ecology running through it; with strong female characters, youthful enthusiasm and wonderful descriptions of Brazil and the River Amazon (locally called the River Sea). The reader is hooked from start to finish. This book works well for young readers aged 9+ and for anyone who just loves a good story.