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BLOG TOUR --- Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna Holyoak [Review + Giveaway]

Title: Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers
Authors(s): Shauna Holyoak
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Edition: Hardcover, ebook; 320 pgs
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Kindle - Barnes & Noble - Kobo iBooks - The Book Depository
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tour Schedule

Week One:
4/15/2019- Lifestyle Of MeReview
4/16/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsReview
4/18/2019- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
4/19/2019- Bri's Book NookReview

Week Two:
4/22/2019- BookHounds YAInterview
4/23/2019- Eli to the nthReview (ME!)
4/24/2019- two points of interestInterview
4/25/2019- The Caffeinated ReaderReview
That Bookish Princess

The Summary

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.

My Review
A super cute and fun mystery from debut author Shauna Holyoak, Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers is book that evokes the Nancy Drew of old with a modern twist!

Kazu is a sleuth-in-training, keeping copious notes on the mysterious goings on in her suburban Denver neighborhood.  With her best friend March, a hacker extraordinaire (for a fifth grader), she is always on the case!  But when it comes to the string of dognappings plaguing the city, Kazu, and her group of friends, may be in over the heads!

The plot was a great mix of who-dun-nit mixed with serious talk about why dognappings would happen.  With that piece of serious, the plot doesn't get too wacky, even with a group of fifth graders investigating the situation.  Lessons on friendship, growing up, and family are intertwined with the mystery, making the book relatable even to readers who aren't big mystery lovers.

But while the plot is fast-paced and entertaining, what makes the book sing is Kazu herself.  She is a strong, independent girl who has a real idea of what she loves.  There's also a strong representation of her Japanese heritage (it doesn't just stop at her name), which is refreshing to see.  Kazu may be precocious, but she sounds like an actual fifth grader, which is so nice.  I felt Shauna really managed to craft a group of kids who sound and act like actual kids.  Each character had their own personality, so while some were a little more static than others, they were all memorable.  Kazu had a great crew to hunt for the culprit in this caper!

The plot sucks you in, but the characters keep you going, I would definitely recommend this as a fun spring read, perfect for by the pool or under the covers with a flashlight!  Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna Holyoak is out today, so don't hesitate to grab your copy now!

Final Rating

Fun Extras

About the Author

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.


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