Genre: Adventure / Young Adult
English Orphan Maia is sent to live with distant relatives who own a rubber plantation along the Amazon River. She is excited to see the amazon and have countless adventures, however no one warned Maia about her nasty, xenophobic cousins, who douse the house in bug spray and forbid her from venturing beyond their coiffed compound. Maia, however, is resourceful enough to find herself smack in the middle of more excitement than she ever imagined, from a mysterious boy she meets in the jungle.
The first time I read this book was when a teacher handed it to me from her own collection to read when I was only 11 years old. Since then I have read this book four more times, and maybe a fifth after writing this. I used to constantly take it out of the library until I decided this book deserves a permanent place on my shelves.
The book is full of adventure, so much so that you want to go visit the amazon for yourself. It is one of those books that really help you escape into a completely different world. Eva uses a very happy and hopeful language throughout the book without giving too much away and letting the reader add their personal touch and use their own imagination more vividly.
The friendship between the two main characters Maia and Manaus is very heart-warming and sweet. You just want them to continue to have adventures and be happy forever. All the characters are well rounded and unique for the purpose of the story.
Although this is a Childrens adventure book no one is too old for adventure and I know personally I have enjoyed this book time and time again at varies stages of my life. I would recommend this book to everyone but especially pre-teens so they can start dreaming of big adventures early in their lives.