As the eighth book in The Adventures of Archibald and Jockabeb series opens, almost six months have passed since the snowy Christmas Eve when the two brothers returned home from another astonishing adventure high above the Arctic Circle. The backdrop now shifts from the windswept tundra of the barren Arctic to the bustling Pearl of the Orient, Hong Kong. Archibald travels there to live with the Chen family and attend a summer student abroad program. At the end of the program, Jockabeb and Archibald’s girlfriend, Willow, visit him for what was expected to be a pleasant week of sightseeing. When the two brothers, Willow, and one of the Chen children head out on a mountain hike one sunny Saturday morning, they have no idea the untold danger that awaits them. After climbing a towering mountain on a nearby island, they stumble on a trapped mythical character from centuries past. That terrifying encounter sets off another life and death struggle — but this time, they can’t count on a blue feather to help them survive. Get ready for another fascinating journey into the unknown as you begin to read In the Orient.

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The author, Art Collins, sets up the story and then tosses the readers and the brothers into a crazy world. It was so easy to get caught up in the story and even though I’m an adult, I had a hard time putting this book down. I’ve started reading it to my children at night and they have fallen in love with this book. They can’t wait for the next night to hear what happens next.

This is an enjoyable book….I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this novel to kids who like adventure stories.

We just finished reading the eighth book earlier this week, and the ninth book this morning. I have visited both Hong Kong and Sydney, and now my kids want me to take them to both places. I must admit we are sorry the series is over. My kids really enjoyed the storylines, and they learned a lot about the places in the world that Archibald and Jockabeb visited. The beautiful illustrations also really helped to bring the characters and the stories alive. Kudos to the author and artist.

5.0 out of 5 stars! Great and Vivid Details

In the eighth book Art Collins takes us to Hong Kong and introduces a gallery of friendly new characters as well as new enemies. In this amazing eighth installment of the Archibald and Jockabeb series you will be stunned and fascinated by the vivid   details he once again manages to create.”