by Sean Vogel
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Pub Date 27 May 2021 | Archive Date 23 Sep 2021
MB Publishing, LLC, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
How do a baking contest and a mission from World War II combine? With a whisk . . . and some risk!
The wit and charm of "The Great British Bake-Off" meets the action and camaraderie of "Raiders of the Lost Ark"! This story about the unbreakable bonds of family will appeal to young readers who love history and adventure and who relish a mystery filled with twists and turns, fun puns, mouth-watering desserts, and friendship.
This third book in the Jake McGreevy series finds Jake and his best friend, Ben Meyers, as partners in a televised baking contest at the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris during spring break. In their spare time, the two are determined to search for answers regarding a 1940 photograph that belonged to Jake’s late mother. Who is this family? Are they related to Jake? And what does the cryptic note that is written on the back mean? As they discover clues and make new friends along the way, Jake and Ben find themselves on the journey of a lifetime.
Hidden tunnels, stakeouts, drones, and clandestine ops will hook even reluctant readers in this Seine-sational adventure!
“. . . [E]xquisite detail . . . Each scene is described so vividly readers will feel like they have stepped out of the pages and directly into Paris’s streets. Mouths will undoubtedly water from the depiction of the dishes created during the baking contest. And, the storyline keeps one guessing page after page.”
—JENNIFER HARTMAN, THE US REVIEW OF BOOKS
"Paris Secrets . . . combines a pun-filled culinary adventure in Paris, France, with a historical family mystery from World War II. This is a fast-paced tale of intrigue. . . . Readers . . . will be riveted by this impactful story about friendship and valor, past and present.”
—D. DONOVAN, SENIOR REVIEWER, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"The story’s tragic historical background is dramatic and includes tales of inspiring heroism while also shedding new light on Jake’s complicated family, a throughline in the series. “I thought I was just Irish, and now I might be French and Jewish, too,” he muses. Suspenseful action scenes take readers through the sights of Paris while the baking contest is lighthearted fun. . . . An entertaining adventure that blends several tantalizing ingredients."
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Average rating from 6 members
Loved this book! The characters and the story kept me reading until the end! I enjoyed the storyline and the characters throughout the book. Such a great read to get lost in. I highly recommend this book! Thank you for letting me review this book!
Teenagers Jake McGreevy and his best friend, Ben Meyers, are in Paris to participate in a televised baking contest at the Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School during their spring break. Jake also wants to solve the mystery of a family picture from 1940 taken in Paris that belonged to Jake's mother who died when he was an infant. The picture leads them on a adventure involves treasures of Jewish families hidden from the Nazis by Jake's great grandmother and her network of brave people who helped get the elderly, the sick and and children of Jewish families to safety. Jake finds family he didn't' know he had and new friends along the way. While this book is written for the young adult, it was very entertaining and also gives you an appreciation of what was going on in Paris during World War II and the courage of everyday people.
Oh boy, I loved reading Paris Secrets. It has all of the ingredients - hidden tunnels, stakeouts, drones, and clandestine ops. It's a charming read with great well-crafted characters and a fun and easy storyline. This third book in the Jake McGreevy series. Can't wait to read more from this author!
Absolutely brilliant book. It had me hooked from the first page. A great story encompassing the past and present and how the resistance fighters in France were able to get Jewish children to safety and save people's possessions. A thoroughly enjoyable read about how friendship, trust and never giving up can bring rewards.