Reviewed by Grandma Bev for TeensReadToo.com
Sam and Max Stone just can't wait for spring break. Mr. Stone has a job to do in the Cayman Islands, and they will be going there, too. What a great way to spend spring break! Odd things start happening to Max and Sam after they find out they are going to the Cayman Islands. Two mysterious boxes arrive on their doorstep. One contains an ancient leather bound journal, and the other an old, frail map. A notation on the map indicated that it was made over 40 years ago, but across the top was printed "Max and Sam's Incredible Journey Map." Mom doesn't know where the boxes came from, either.
Unusual, funny events seem to plague the two boys, but their plane finally arrives at their Caribbean destination. Then they overhear a telephone conversation and discover that a guy on the beach may be one that was shown on national television on the America's Most Wanted program. After they spot a tell-tale parrot tattoo on his stomach as he relaxes in a beach chair the kids are certain that it is the wanted man.
The adventurous boys plot to help catch this frightening character, and the action escalates and the kids find themselves in great danger. Then they discover a shocking secret about their father and his reason for coming to the Caymans.
Max and Sam are engaging characters that manage to get themselves tangled in peril and excitement in this fast-paced adventure that takes place in an exotic setting. Connie Lee Berry has crafted a hard-to-put-down, lively, funny story, filled with mysteries and secrets. The illustrations add visual interest, and the back pages of the book have interesting facts about the Cayman Islands, tell you how you can join the Incredible Journey Club, and submit your own science projects and fun poems to be included in future INCREDIBLE JOURNEY books. What fun!