“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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In the Forest by Art Collins is a magical tale. An amazing story!

My son read it in 3 days and begged to have the rest of the series.

In the Forest is a lovely story with a charm the makes you feel good. While I was reading it I have this feeling that this was a Pixar story, it has this charm that you can’t help to just feel good about it, and the places they visit, I can picture it all in my head like I was drawing their path, I highly recommend this story to anyone.

My class read In the Forest and LOVED it! They would light up when it was time to read. I had parents thanking me because their ‘reluctant reader’ was now wanting the whole nine-book The Adventures of Archibald & Jockabeb series.

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.