About the Incredible Journey Books series: This new chapter book series combines fast-paced adventures that will make the heart race one minute and have readers giggling out loud the next. Informative fact sheets bracketing the beginning and end of the story relay key statistics on the locale, such as the population, location, size, language, currency, and all sorts of trivia about the land.About The Criminal in the Caymans Odd things starthappening to brothers Max and Sam after they find out they are going to the Cayman ...
About the Incredible Journey Books series: This new chapter book series combines fast-paced adventures that will make the heart race one minute and have readers giggling out loud the next. Informative fact sheets bracketing the beginning and end of the story relay key statistics on the locale, such as the population, location, size, language, currency, and all sorts of trivia about the land.About The Criminal in the Caymans Odd things starthappening to brothers Max and Sam after they find out they are going to the Cayman Islands for spring break. First, two mysterious boxes appear on their doorstep. Onceon the islands, a series of strange events lead them straight into the path of a wanted criminal. Determined to capture the dangerous lawbreaker, Max and Samget the whole family involved and discover an incredibly shocking secret along the way."
THE CRIMINALS IN THE CAYMANS by Connie Lee Berry is the first book of the Incredible Journey series. In this book for ages 7 to 9, we meet the Stone family, Sam, a second grader, Max, a third grader, Sydney their 2 year old sister and their parents. Mr. Stone is a lawyer for a large banking corporation, and their mother is a stay-at-home Mom.
Connie Berry got the idea for writing the Incredible Journey series from her eight year old who was complaining about writing a paragraph. She told him writing can be fun and to prove it, she was going to write a book for him and his brother to read. She believes reading and learning should be fun.
The book starts out right before spring break when the boys find out they are going to the Caymans. Mr. Stone has a business trip there and decides to take the family. Before they leave, two mysterious packages arrive on the doorstep addressed to Maxwell and Samuel. One had an old, frail map of the world with a title of Max and Sam?s Incredible Journey Map. In the lower right hand corner it was dated Oct. 11, 1964, over 40 years ago, and at the bottom was written, ?May good fortune be with you.?
The other package contained a newspaper from 1955 and an old leather journal. Inside were several old, crackly, yellowed papers. The first one had ?Notes taken wisely can be of great use to you? written on it. This was used by Sam in the adventure.
An overheard conversation by Sam on the beach leads him to discover an outlaw fugitive on America?s Most Wanted staying in the same hotel. On the way to helping capture the fugitive, Max and Sam discovers their father is a FBI agent.
Berry has done a good job included facts about the Cayman Islands and a neat science page. This one was about dissecting owl pellets. Really great for grade school boys!
This is a good read for the grade school group. There is plenty of fun and adventure with a bit of mystery and pictures and illustrations highlighting the eleven chapters. The facts are suitable for grade schoolers like, turtle farming is big, and it?s part of the U.K. so it is ruled by Queen Elizabeth II. I recommend this book.
Jan 18, 2008
The Criminal in the Caymans By Connie Lee Berry ISBN-10: 0977284808 Review by Heather Froeschl
Family adventures and incredible journeys await brothers Max and Sam. Going to the Cayman Islands would be an adventure enough for any first and second grader, but a mysterious box arrives at their home before they leave, adding intrigue to the voyage. Connie Lee Berry?s book, ?The Criminal in the Caymans? is the beginning of an exciting series for young readers.
This first book is a great introduction to Max and Sam?s family and their lives in grade school, but then jumps right into the adventure with a mysterious map and a leather bound journal. Their vacation begins in the normal way, running to the ocean and playing in the sand but suddenly turns quite extraordinary as the boys realize they are in the midst of a dangerous criminal. An amazing thing happens just as one of the boys is about to call the FBI. What exactly does their dad do for a living, being sent to this paradise for work? They are about to find out.
Connie writes in a fresh and outreaching way. Young readers will be captivated, which is sometimes hard to achieve. The story, setting and feel of the book is right on the level of excitement needed for this age group. Adding in some interesting facts about the Cayman Islands is a plus for parents and teachers and as another bonus; a science project is described in the back of the book. These extras are like getting that special package in the mail?surprising and fun. Max and Sam are likeable characters who promise some incredible journeys. Expect the unexpected.
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