Reading Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, as a ten year-old, I felt compelled to pack my bags and take a cargo ship immediately to Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon River. Of course, at that age I was unable to travel abroad unaccompanied. So I waited until I was seventeen. And I travelled by plane, rather than by cargo ship.
The author Anne Fine wrote this on Eva Ibbotson’s Journey to the River Sea, which was a runner up for the Guardian Award:
“We all fell on Eva Ibbotson’s perfectly judged, brilliantly light to read, civilised Journey To The River Sea, in which we are shown how, as one of the characters reminds us, ‘Children must lead big lives… if it is in them to do so.”
In hindsight, I can see how true that statement is. What’s written below comes straight from my seventeen year old travel blog.