Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element

By: Jeannie Mobley

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

ISBN: 9780823437818

JLG Release: Jan 2018


Sensitive Areas: Guns, Discrimination, Violence, Criminal culture

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Booklist 2018 Top 10 Books, Incredible Journeys in Middle Grade Novels

Praise & Reviews

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Like a speeding train, Mobley moves through the plot with direct intent. Robert E. Lee Claremont is a 13-year-old criminal who has just escaped from the Sisters of Charitable Mercy with his pockets full from the poor box. Bobby Lee is hoping that his charm and luck will take him to Chicago where a life of crime is one of ease and rewards. It is 192 Like a speeding train, Mobley moves through the plot with direct intent. Robert E. Lee Claremont is a 13-year-old criminal who has just escaped from the Sisters of Charitable Mercy with his pockets full from the poor box. Bobby Lee is hoping that his charm and luck will take him to Chicago where a life of crime is one of ease and rewards. It is 1923, Bobby Lee has just lost his mother to a hard life of labor, and he is looking for a new life like one he has read about in the newspaper. Unfortunately, Bobby Lee finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery where the major suspect is the beautiful and talented wife of the deceased, Mrs. Nanette O’Halloran. The historical backdrop of the story helps readers understand the complex realities of the racial and financial inequities of the 1920s. Readers will find Bobby Lee to be an optimistic and idealistic hero they can relate to and root for. VERDICT An action-packed story that will inform as much as it entertains. A strong choice for historical fiction shelves.—Christina Paolozzi, Bonaire Elementary School, GA

Book Details

ISBN

9780823437818

First Release

January 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

246

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.2; Points: 14;

Lexile

Level 790L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Guns, Discrimination, Violence, Criminal culture

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