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Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element
by Jeannie Mobley

Trade Binding | 240 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823437818 | 09-30-2017

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Adventure, Historical Fiction, 20th Century, Making Choices
Recommendations: B*, K

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All aboard for a fast-paced, Jazz Age-era murder mystery set aboard a Chicago-bound train!

It's 1923, and thirteen-year-old Bobby Lee Claremont is leaving the Sisters of Charitable Mercyorphanage in New Orleans, certain a better life awaits in Chicago's glamorous-sounding mob scene. But this plans unravel when he boards his train and meets the recently widowed Nanette O'Halloran, her two traveling companions, and a cop who suspects the trio of murdering Nanette's husband. Bobby Lee is sure Nanette's innocent. But what about her companions? As Bobby Lee digs for answers, he discovers the mob, Prohibition, segregation, and a famed jazz band are all pieces of an increasingly dangerous puzzle.


★ "Chock full of well imagined dialogue, the writing has a wonderfully cinematic quality. Mobley swiftly establishes vivid characters and settings, then lets the action unfold while surprising readers with plot twists along the way. A lively, well-researched historical novel."—Booklist, Starred Review