Journey to the River Sea
By Eva Ibbotson
Although Maia is an orphan, she is surprisingly rich and well-off. When she is sent from her school in England to stay with distant relatives in Brazil, she prepares herself for an adventure on the banks of the Amazon river. Unfortunately, Maia’s relatives hate living in the jungle, and love keeping Maia cooped up inside. Her uncle collects glass eyes, her aunt has a desperate fear of insects, and her cousins, twin girls whom Maia had hoped would be her friends, are quite nasty and rude to her. If it weren’t for her governess, Minty, and the other friends she makes in Brazil, Maia would have a miserable time. When she meets a boy named Fin, Maia finds the adventure she was seeking, and it changes her life forever.