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Journey to the River Sea Paperback – Unabridged, 3 Jun 2011
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"The plot is rich in drama, suspense, hints of romance, and a sense of justice. Adventure lovers will devour this one and wish that it would continue." "Surely the most perfect children's book of the year is Eva Ibbotson's captivatingly told, funny and moving Journey to the River Sea." Adventure lovers will devour this one and wish that it would continue. (School Library Journal, starred review")
A new cover edition edition of this much-loved Ibbotson classic.See all Product description
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I loved all three books (not a series; can be read independently) and my favourite is The Star of Kazan. They are well written, descriptive, full of interesting characters and have exciting plots. That said I was disappointed that my daughter (9 years old) failed to finish The Star of Kazan explaining it was "too slow". It appears every generation since Thomas Hardy wants ever less description and ever more action. My daughter however loved Eva's The Dragonfly Pool that has more action and less description and I hope and expect that when she is a little older she will return to The Star of Kazan and enjoy this excellent book. In short a definite for any child's reading list. I would suggest good for ages 9 to 90.
Ibbotson's voice is rich with detail and emotion without overwhelming the reader with either, and there's just the correct amount of 'tweeny' love story as well. Nothing like an adventurous young girl to remind An Old like me why I loved reading so much as child, and how that has remained with me all my life. Great stuff.
I would recommend this book more to girls than to boys, because the main character is a girl and that makes it harder for boys to relate to her. However, boys can read it to, because it's a brilliant book!
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