Remaining true to the spirit of Eva Ibbotson’s children’s masterpiece Journey to the River Sea whilst infusing the places and characters with fresh vitality and purpose, the bestselling author of The Week at World’s End spins a beguiling adventure set deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
Beautiful and full of adventure, Escape to the River Sea is Emma Carroll’s compelling new novel inspired by Eva Ibbotson’s bestselling, classic masterpiece, Journey to the River Sea
In 1946, Rosa Sweetman, a young Kindertransport girl, is longing for her family to claim her. The war in Europe is over and she is the only child left at Westwood, a rambling country estate in the north of England, where she’d taken refuge seven years earlier.
The arrival of a friend of the family, Yara Fielding, starts an adventure that will take Rosa deep into the lush beauty of the Amazon rainforest in search of jaguars, ancient giant sloths and somewhere to belong. What she finds is Yara’s lively, welcoming family on the banks of the river and, together, they face a danger greater than she could ever have imagined.
Featuring places and characters known and loved by fans of Journey to the River Sea (including, among others, Maia, Finn, Miss Minton and Clovis) this spectacular new chapter in the story tells of the next generation and the growing threats to the Amazon rainforest that continue to this day.
‘A book that is as thrilling, adventurous and exhilarating as the Amazon itself. This glorious story has been woven together by a master-storyteller. I’m in awe.’ – Lisa Thompson
‘Emma Carroll’s Escape to the River Sea is not only a joyously animal-packed adventure story, but also a mesmerising evocation of the original Journey to the River Sea. Brave, lonely Rosa, who might well have stepped out of an Eva Ibbotson book, takes us with her to find new friends and old, and also to experience the traditions, people and fragility of the gorgeous, perilous River Sea world. This is unputdownable story telling. I loved it.’ – Hilary McKay