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Karen KarboDescribe your latest project.
Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs is the second installment in a trilogy about a seventh-grade girl detective who has a peculiar gift. Early in the first book (Minerva Clark Gets a Clue), she has an accident which replaces her typical teen self-loathing with self-confidence and a new curiosity about the world (as opposed to, say, the size of her thighs). In Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs, she busts a pair of jewel thieves who've stolen a rare red diamond, learns that there's no accounting for the mysteries of love, and makes friends with a trio of show corgis. I conceived of the series as a modern day Nancy Drew (I say this in all modesty no one will ever replace Nancy) for my then fifth-grade daughter and her friends, just for fun.
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