The Criminal in the Caymans is the first book in the Incredible Journey Books series by Connie Lee Berry,
revolving around two young brothers who keep coming across
things that donít seem right and end up solving mysteries.
The Criminal in the Caymans begins with Mr. Stone
having told Mrs. Stone that his work was taking him to the Cayman
Islands, and that he wants to bring her and their sons along. Mrs. Stone makes a game of the adventure by prompting her sons,
Max and Sam, with clues to see if they can guess where they're going. The airport terminal and flight
information is written in a realistic way; soon they boys arrive in the Caymans. Sure enough, they find something that doesnít look right Ė a man who turns out to be a wanted criminal.
Artfully disguised science lessons, maps and geography lessons are entwined throughout the story. Readers are also encouraged to enter their poetry for prizes.
The series continues in Treasure in
Tahiti, Adventure in Africa, and Pirates in Paradise.
At 96 pages in length, this book will not intimidate readers who shy from higher page counts. The authorís children pose for some of the illustrations,
which appear to have gone through a photo enhancing computer program such as Photoshop.
I could find no information in the book or on the publisherís site regarding environmentally sound printing options such as chlorine or acid-free paper
having been used. Because the environment is a strong passion of mine, I feel I have to dock the book by 1/2 a star. I would recommend it to readers aged 7-10.