The ninth and final book in The Adventures of Archibald and Jockabeb series finds the two brothers returning to the other side of the globe, but this time “down under” in Australia. While attending the Students’ Living Abroad Program in Sydney, sixteen-year-old Jockabeb stays with the Macalester family. He quickly strikes up a friendship with Prim Macalester, who is exactly his age. Prim is fascinated by the Australian Aboriginal culture and lore, and she tells Jockabeb about an old Aboriginal legend that turns out to be strikingly similar to some of his recent dreams.

The stage is finally set for the boys’ next great adventure when Jockabeb’s girlfriend, May Chen, accompanies her father on a business trip from Hong Kong to Sydney—perfectly coinciding with Archibald’s visit during the last week his younger brother is in Australia. The sightseeing plane trip that Mrs. Macalester arranges into the Outback for her daughter, the two American brothers, and their visitor from Hong Kong starts off well enough. However, a series of unexpected events bring the four teenagers face-to-face with someone straight out of an old Aboriginal legend.

As the fast-paced action unfolds, the reader learns a many interesting facts about Australia—from its fascinating past to the late-1980s, the timeframe during which the story unfolds. Consistent with all the other books in The Adventures of Archibald and Jockabeb series, the two brothers ultimately find themselves swept up in a classic battle between the forces of good and evil where lives will be both lost and saved.

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A mystical journey!

Well done! An imaginative story.

A great book for young adventurers who seek magic sprinkled with the supernatural.

Everybody loves adventure. It teaches readers true meaning of friendship, bravery, kindness, and wisdom.

It’s a fitting last book in the series with plenty of surprises and, as usual, memorable characters, interesting facts, and an exciting, clever plot. My kids didn’t expect what happened at the end of the story, but it all worked out to their amazement. The last epilogue made them ask, “What’s next?”

5.0 out of 5 stars. Great final book in a most incredible series.

Great final installment for two boys that have had some of the most incredible adventures ever. Thank you Art Collins for your wonderful imagination.