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"A rollicking, fun mystery with a young, charismatic hero." --Kirkus Reviews

"Chicago Bound is a powerful new Jake McGreevy novel. . . . Like a compelling musical piece, Chicago Bound opens with an interesting promise of mystery and moves quickly and solidly to a crescendo of cat-and-mouse moves between Jake and his friends and unknown assailants who are committed to hiding the truth. Readers will be fascinated to the end - and surprised by an ending which blends an art history investigation, a mother and son's lasting connections, and commitments between good friends.​"
 --Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"Having spent many years searching for Mary Cassatt's 1893 mural done for Chicago's World's Fair, I was delighted to encounter Chicago Bound in which the young Jake and his pals discover that Jake's mother was murdered in her own hunt for the mural. Tracking down the killer, and the Cassatt painting, takes the teenagers on a thrill-packed adventure from the Art Institute of Chicago to the grand finale in, of all places, a retirement home. Chicago Bound is loving and eventful, and most of all a great read." --Sally Webster, author of Eve's Daughter: Modern Woman, a Mural by Mary Cassatt

☆☆☆☆☆ "Sean Vogel's preteen adventure mystery is action-packed and highly entertaining. . . . Art, mystery, music, humor, and adventure--Chicago Bound has it all. . . . This is a grand read." --Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

About the Author

Growing up in a small town in Michigan during the 1980s, Sean Vogel was provided with an excellent garden for cultivating his writing career. With only a few simplistic video games and three television channels, he became an accomplished daydreamer and a creative outside adventurer. A son of a garbage truck driver, Sean often received gently used items from his father’s route. With a bit of imagination and a little tinkering, these items were reborn as tools for battles against backyard bandits. These childhood experiences would later serve as the foundation and inspiration for Jake McGreevy’s gadgetry expertise. Seeking his own adventures, Sean joined the Army via an ROTC scholarship at Colorado State University. Living in Germany for several years gave him the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe. During his time in the Army, he served in the Field Artillery and Signal Corp, rising to the rank of Captain and receiving the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq. Sean started drafting novels during downtime while stationed in Iraq; a pen is easier to carry than a guitar. But he soon fell in love with the frustrating yet satisfying science called writing and has been hard at work ever since. When he’s not helping Jake get out of tangles, Sean is a department manager for a large aerospace company. He lives in Denver with his wife and daughter and their two dachshunds.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 8
  • Series: A Jake McGreevy Novel
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: MB Publishing LLC; 1 edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985081457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985081454
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,907,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The big picture: Basically this is one of the best researched novels I've ever read, and at the same time SO FUN. Usually super researched books get really dull (I'm looking at you Headlong). I mean it just has everything in it - art, architecture, music, libraries, fancy tech stuff that I don't understand, gymnastics, history...it's fantastic! If you like MG literature at all and are looking for a really fun read (most of my MG lit tends towards the dark and depressing, so this was a very nice change of pace), you should definitely check this out. On the other hand, if cutesy isn't for you this probably isn't going to be your scene.

The deets: Once again, my Netgalley mania struck! Although this is the 2nd book in the series, I must have liked the title so much I requested it anyway (or I was dumb enough to not notice it was the second book. It wouldn't be the first time). And I am so glad I did! There is just so much to enjoy about this book. While some might find it too cutesy for their taste, I thought it was really heart warming. And any time it skewed towards any suspicious looks from me, the author immediately put in a lot of details that really made a difference. For example there's a scene in the book that plays out very much like Home Alone with all sorts of home made contraptions to stall the villains. Just as I was about to roll my eyes out how naive and unlikely to succeed in the real world this plan was, Jake detailed an actually very plausible plan. And it had all the fun you got from Home Alone!

In general it was just so clear that the author had done his research. And there's just so many interesting things in this book!
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Format: Paperback
My thanks to Sean Vogel and Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for my copy of Chicago Bound that I won in the Giveaway.

Chicago Bound is about two mysteries; Jake's mother went missing years before on a trip to Chicago and a masterpiece is missing. Jake and his three friends go on an adventure to solve both mysteries. The novel is fast paced, fun and the kids have a great time on their adventure. The creativity of youth and their excitement for life comes through loud and clear for a great book for young adults.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed all the action at the end in the senior home and I loved how all the character's personalities are the same in some ways, but also different in some ways. I also liked where the setting is--places in Chicago ( Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industury).

Overall, I think this book was AMAZING!!! :) I hope there is more in the future.

To people who like mysteries and art, this is the book for you! I highly reccomend it.
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Vogel has once again done an excellent job crafting an engaging story around main character Jake McGreevy. While “Celtic Run” and “Chicago Bound” each provide readers ample entertainment, their greatest quality is that they provide an audience treading through a period of literary flux- 4th and 5th grade students- an avenue to scholastic development that is both well written and factually sound. With “Chicago Bound” Vogel has again surpassed my expectations and I will continue to lean on his works to develop and foster a passion for reading among America’s youth. I look forward to Jake’s next adventure!
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