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Packed with high stakes mystery and tons of heart, this first installment in a new series introduces Kazu Jones-a spunky, scrappy detective who’s this generation’s Harriet the Spy.
When a string of dognappings grips her Denver neighborhood, Kazu Jones vows to track down the culprits. She can’t stand to see more dogs go missing-especially once her neighbors’ beloved pet is taken because of her gigantic mistake.
With the help of her gang-including her best friend and expert hacker, March; and her ginormous, socially anxious pup, Genki-Kazu uncovers evidence that suggests the dognapping ring is bigger than she ever imagined. But the more she digs, the more dangerous her investigation becomes. The dognappers are getting bolder, and Genki could be next.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: “In this spirited debut, Holyoak introduces an indefatigable heroine whose distinct voice and loyal canine companion contribute to her considerable appeal. The diverse allies, plot twists, and delightful dogs make this a memorable beginning for Kazu and her friends.”
KIRKUS: “Holyoak creates a well-paced mystery with approachable characters and issues. The dognapping case and the go-get-’em attitude of Kazu provide just enough suspense and action without being too scary. Holyoak sprinkles in topics of growing up, including friendship, relationships with parents, mean people, and telling the truth. A not-too-scary, diverse mystery for those who love action, dogs, and spunky heroines.”
Shauna has been telling stories long before she could ride a bike, and some of them are even true! She writes for kids and teens and thinks it’s kinda the best job ever. Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers is her debut novel, and it will be released on April 23, 2019! She lives in Idaho Falls, ID with her husband, six of their seven children, and two naughty dogs.
- What is on your nightstand?
ALL THE ARCS! One of the best things about being a debut author is having the opportunity to read other debuts’ arcs. I just started HURRICANE SEASON and I’ve already been hit by all the feels. Next on my TBR stacks is EMMY IN KEY OF CODE, JAGGER JONES AND THE MUMMY’S ANKH and ALL OF ME!
- What author would you totally fan?
There are so many! I actually met Kelly Barnhill at LTUE in Utah this year and totally fangirled. She was everything I had imagined—so pleasant and personable and articulate. For a full 24-hours I called her my bestie in all my social media posts, so yeah, fangirl-embarrassment unlocked! But I would totally swoon over Neil Gaiman, Angie Thomas, Kelly Loy Gilbert, Mildred D. Taylor, and Beverly Cleary.
- What makes you cringe?
Seeing myself in videos or listening to a recording of my voice. UGH!
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’m more of a hybrid writer—a plotser? My first two novels were completely pantsed. They were also horrible, although whether that was a result of my inexperience or my approach is questionable. But for every manuscript since, I’ve done light plotting, noting each major plot point but not much beyond that. It seems that if I get too detailed in the outlining phase, I lose some of my passion for the story.
- Is there a word you love to use?
Hijinks is fun. I also like wonky, dollop and cranky.
3 winners will receive finished signed or unsigned copies of KAZU JONES AND THE DENVER DOGNAPPERS, US Only.
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