“Jockabeb, come here. I’ve found a door, but it’s stuck and I need your help to open it.” When two young brothers—Archibald and Jockabeb—find an old leather map hidden in the forest just beyond their backyard, they can’t help but sneak out of the house one night to follow its path. So begins the first of the boys’ adventures— a journey that both amazes and frightens them. After a terrifying encounter with supernatural creatures, the boys meet a young Indian brave, Haktu, who shares with them the story of how he was separated from his tribe. The saga leads the two brothers into Haktu’s secret world behind the forest mist and teaches them the power of friendship and loyalty in the face of untold evil.

“In the Forest” is the first book of The Adventures of Archibald and Jockabeb series and introduces the reader to the boys and several characters who play major roles as the series moves along. It should be the first book read in the series, and I strongly recommend reading the series in order as the events in the books occur in chronological order.  ~ Art

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We have 32 students on a hold list for the first book, In the Forest. The kids are looking forward to all the books in The Adventures of Archibald & Jockabeb series!

I used In the Forest and incorporated activities from the teacher’s guide as appropriate to our unit of study. I found the teacher’s guide extremely helpful.

Students absolutely loved In the Forest. I really cannot express how much the students loved this book and were so excited to read every day! Thank you again for allowing us this wonderful opportunity!

In the Forest was an exciting and unforgettable book. Anyone who loves a thrilling adventure should give it a try!

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I loved Art Collins’ “In the Forest” I definitely cannot wait to read the next book in The Adventures of Archibald & Jockabeb series.

In the Forest is an outstanding book!