Jake McGreevy and Ben Myers are best friends and have been on many adventures together. In this third book of the Jake McGreevy series, the two friends are headed to Paris. They have qualified to compete in an elite Le Cordon Bleu televised baking competition, but that’s not the only reason they’re traveling to Paris. They’re also trying to figure out who the person is in an old family photograph that Jake received from his mother, and they want to understand the meaning of a strange and cryptic sentence written on the back of the photograph.
As they start to figure out the identity of the person in the picture and what the sentence means, they are led on an adventure throughout Paris — including places they’re not technically supposed to be. Will they find whatever the clue on the back of the photograph is supposed to lead them to, or will it be lost to history forever?
Written in accessible and relatable language, this book will appeal to readers who have already enjoyed Jake and Ben’s previous adventures, as well as a new audience. The chapters alternate between the boys’ time searching for clues to the mystery in Paris and competing at Le Cordon Bleu — an excellent technique for balancing the events and the action. The relationship between Jake and Ben is realistic and endearing and helps draw readers into the story. While it is not necessary to read the earlier titles in the Jake McGreevy series (Celtic Run and Chicago Bound), some of the action in this book alludes to events in those books, so some readers may want to read the series in order.
This story is also an excellent introduction to some of the more advanced concepts of World War II and the Holocaust and will be suitable for readers who have a basic understanding of world events which occurred during that time period.