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Kazu Jones and the Comic Book Criminal: 02/05/22

Kazu Jones and the Comic Book Criminal

Kazu Jones and the Comic Book Criminal by Shauna Holyoak is the follow up to Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers. Someone is targeting the Denver comic book stores in the run up to the release of a highly anticipated movie. Kazu's friends believe they can solve the case by harnessing their individual skills and special interests.

Kazu's head isn't in the game fully. She's worried about her mother. Her grandmother has come all the way from Japan to help out while her mother spends most of her time in bed recovering from a mysterious illness.

The comic book mystery with its ties to tagging reminded me of Finding Mighty by Sheela Chari (2017). The stakes though are different here and the risks Kazu takes are more a reaction to her inner turmoil than to an immediate external danger.

The side plot with the mother probably would have gone completely over my head if I were the target age. However as an adult I recognized immediately what was going on. I suspect this plot will be painfully familiar to some tween readers too if they have a parents who has gone through similar.

Five stars

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