Escape to the River Sea with Emma Carroll

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.

Return to the world Eva Ibbotson created in her classic middle grade adventure Journey to the River Sea. Journey down the Amazon and dive into the next chapter of the story with award winning writer Emma Carroll as she introduces her sequel Escape to the River Sea.

War is over and Rosa Sweetman, a Kindertransport girl, embarks on an adventure full of danger in search of giant sloths, jaguars and a place for herself.  


  • Author: Emma Carroll 
  • School Years: Yrs 4, 5 & 6 
  • Date: 17/06/22
  • Time: 10.45-11.30am (also available at 1.30-2.15pm) 
  • Venue: Spiegeltent, Hexham Abbey 
  • Cost: £2 per child. FREE places for pupil premium children and staff 
  • Books: Available to pre-order for dedicating and signing after the event
  • Contact: Please email [email protected] for enquiries and bookings

Please note that unfortunately we are unable to make any more contributions towards travel costs.

Praise for Escape to the River Sea

"What a joy it is to return to the River Sea! Emma Carroll's thoughtful tribute to Eva Ibbotson's much-loved classic is perfectly pitched. Full of glorious adventure, it's a true delight". Katherine Woodfine

"All the magic, heart and scope of Ibbotson’s classic adventure – I read it in one breathless sitting". Natasha Farrant

"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. This is unputdownable story telling. I loved it". Hilary McKay 

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson was first published in 2001 and went on to win the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award.

Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan Collector's Library Book 297) by [Eva Ibbotson]

About Emma Carroll - The Queen of Historical Fiction

Once told by poet Ted Hughes her writing was ‘dangerous’, it took Emma Carroll twenty years of English teaching and a life-changing cancer diagnosis to feel brave enough to give her dream of being an author a try.  Nowadays, she’s a bestselling author and the 'Queen of Historical Fiction' (BookTrust).

Secrets of a Sun King by [Emma Carroll] Letters-from-the-Lighthouse.jpg The Somerset Tsunami (Paperback)

She has been nominated for and the winner of numerous national, regional and schools awards – including the Books Are My Bag Readers' Award, Branford Boase, CILIP Carnegie Medal, Young Quills, Teach Primary and the Waterstones Book Prize. Emma is one of very few authors to have been Waterstones Book of the Month twice. Emma’s home is in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers. She still can’t believe her luck that she gets to write dangerous books for a living.

Emma Carroll | Biography, Books, Videos, Quotes | Faber

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