chosen by Emma Rea, author of My Name is River

The Reader Teacher Review

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Top Three Poster & Recommendations

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1. Journey to the River Sea

by Eva Ibbotson

 The absolute classic is Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, the master plotter. Every element in this story fits together beautifully, like cogs in a watch, and the richly observed characters range from appallingly spiteful to brave and true and kind, with nuanced and unusual and endearing ones in between.

You can also order from your independent bookshop or reserve from your local library.

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2. Fire Girl, Forest Boy

by Chloe Daykin

More recently, Fire Girl, Forest Boy by Chloe Daykin interweaves detailed research on the Peruvian rainforest into a modern, eye-popping adventure. Raul is an indigenous boy who’s been forced to leave his village and Maya is a Glaswegian girl with a strange power she can’t quite control. Together they battle through the Amazon rainforest and river to prevent a logging company from causing further destruction.

You can also order from your independent bookshop or reserve from your local library.

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3. The Explorer

by Katherine Rundell

The Explorer, by Katherine Rundell, set just after WW1, is an engaging story of four kids – including a comically selfish infant –- who crash land in the Amazon rainforest. Surviving on their wits, and sometimes reduced to copying monkeys to find food, they find their way to another, older survivor who teaches them life lessons and helps them escape.

You can also order from your independent bookshop or reserve from your local library.

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