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Participating in a baking contest in Paris, two boys become entwined in a mystery dating back to World War II in the exciting middle-grade adventure novel, Paris Secrets (A Jake McGreevy Novel) by Sean Vogel. Jake McGreevy and his best friend, Ben Meyers, are spending spring break in Paris. Bringing an old family photograph taken in Paris, Jake wants to locate the place it was taken. Searching for the neighborhood where the picture was taken, Jake is thrilled when they find the building and stumble upon Sophie, a cousin his age, and Esther, his late grandmother's long-lost sister. While getting acquainted, they discover that Esther possesses an identical photograph with the same enigmatic message written on the back. His great-grandmother Dahlia played a significant role in an underground movement during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Believing the message may hold a clue to the location of valuable and cherished items, Esther thinks she knows where to look and accompanies Jake, Sophie, and Ben to the site. Unfortunately, the area is under construction, and when they try to enter, the police threaten them with arrest. Despite the policemen's efforts to hinder their investigation and a stalker tailing them, Jake, Ben, Sophie and several new friends are determined to uncover the secret behind the message written on the back of the photograph. Can they do it before Jake and Ben have to leave?
Filled with fascinating historical facts relating to the Nazi occupation of Paris, Paris Secrets (A Jake McGreevy Novel) by Sean Vogel is a captivating middle-grade adventure novel. Consisting of delightful characters and intriguing situations, it is a stimulating and suspenseful book ideal for engaging children ages nine years old on up. Not only is the story enjoyable, but it also has educational value. Some of the horrific events that occurred during World War II are presented in an impactful yet non-threatening manner, teaching history in an exciting and fascinating way. Brimming with suspense, it is an ingenious and thrilling story that will delight everyone who enjoys history steeped in intrigue and mystery.