Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson

I love historical fiction for children. Thirteen-years-old and orphaned, Maia travels from England with her governess to start a new life in Brazil, near the Amazon River in 1910.  She faces a lot of challenges, but she is determined to realize her dreams.  Beautifully written – makes you feel like you are there with Maia. (submitted by SMC)

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The Last Dragon – Silvana De Mari

If you like well-written fantasy and humour, this is the book for you.  Recommended to me by a children’s librarian,  I laughed out loud several times, and yet it was also very sad too.  A familiar set-up – an elf, a dragon, an orphan, and a prophecy to save the world, but an original execution of this plot – which I thought was wonderful.  As an adult science fiction/ fantasy fan, it was great to be surprised by children’s fantasy fiction.  Delightful! 

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