Sean Vogel, Author of Celtic Run and Chicago Bound
Sean Vogel is the author of two middle-grade novels: Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel and Chicago Bound: A Jake McGreevy Novel.
Growing up in a small town in Michigan during the 1980s, Sean 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 two daughters and their two dachshunds.
Visit Sean's web site to learn more about his novels, Celtic Run and Chicago Bound.
"A fun . . . kid’s caper.” —Kirkus Reviews
When 14-year-old gadget whiz Jake stumbles upon the first clue to a treasure missing from the Spanish Armada, the excitement begins! Dodging would-be thieves and concocting ingenious devices to get out of scrapes, Jake leads the way as he and three friends—Julie, Maggie, and Zach—connect piece after piece to the more than 400-year-old mystery.
“A rollicking, fun mystery with a young, charismatic hero.” —Kirkus Reviews
When Jake stumbles upon a long-hidden message from his late mother—art historian Karen McGreevy—he, his best friend Julie, and new pals Ben and Natalie follow the clues and uncover the truth about a missing masterpiece by Mary Cassatt, the meaning of friendship, and the enduring bond between a mother and her son.