Sean VogelMore about the author
It’s one of the great mysteries of the art world: Whatever happened to “Modern Woman,” the massive three-panel mural created by Impressionist Mary Cassatt? Millions admired Cassatt’s mural at the 1893 World’s Fair, but then somehow, nineteen years after the fair closed, her painting disappeared.
“Chicago Bound,” written by Sean Vogel, is book two in the Jake McGreevy middle-grade series. It follows the story of four talented and tenacious kids trying to determine why Jake’s mother died in Chicago thirteen years earlier. Was it really an accident? Ms. McGreevy had been an expert hired by the Chicago Art Institute to verify whether a recently discovered mural was, in fact, the Cassatt mural that was displayed at the 1893 World’s Fair.
Using Jake’s mother’s journal, hidden messages, the library, and plenty of gadgets, the four resourceful friends must outfox several nefarious characters who do know, in fact, the truth about the mural and Ms. McGreevy’s demise.
For more information about the real-life missing masterpiece by Mary Cassatt, watch our video and visit lostcassatt.com!
“A rollicking, fun mystery with a young, charismatic hero.”
“‘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”
“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, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWS
“Triumphant and touching . . .”
“The plot is clever, the execution is brilliant, over-the-top, fast-paced and completely captivating. . . . Never doubt the power of youth, friendship or loyalty! You might want to watch out for those ‘seniors,’ too!”
—DIANNE BYLO (tometenderblogspot)