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About Kelly Brakenhoff
KELLY BRAKENHOFF writes the Cassandra Sato Mystery series including DEATH BY DISSERTATION, a 2020 RONE Award Mystery Finalist, DEAD WEEK, "a diverting whodunit," (Publishers Weekly), and DEAD OF WINTER BREAK, a holiday themed whodunit. Kelly is an American Sign Language Interpreter whose motivation for learning ASL began in high school when she wanted to converse with her deaf friends.
NEVER MIND, FARTS MAKE NOISE, and MY DAWG KOA, her children’s picture books and printable workbooks featuring Duke the Deaf Dog and illustrated by her sister, Theresa Murray, are popular with children, parents, and educators for promoting inclusive conversations about children with differences.
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. . .for a dream job in Nebraska.
She expected the Midwestern church casseroles, land-locked cornfields, and face-freezing winters would be her biggest challenges, but now she's fighting for her job and her life.
A deaf student is dead, and connections are uncovered between campus food service, a local farmer's beef, and the science lab's cancer research. Dealing with homesickness, vandalism, and a stalker, Cassandra is trapped in a public relations disaster. No one said college was easy.
If you like a fresh take on the cozy mystery with a smart female sleuth, want to learn more about Deaf culture, or have ever lived in a place where livestock outnumber people, you'll love this series. Read it now!
**This book contains clean language. No F- words!
Chaperoning two ten-year-olds who find a chunk of Hawaiian lava rock shouldn’t be hard, but Pele’s curse could get Cassandra Sato fired, for real.
Read this Halloween themed short story today!
VP of Student Affairs Cassandra Sato has a desk full of problems and it's not even Thanksgiving break.
Cassandra's new boss talks to her dead husband. Cassandra's mentor thinks he's a superhero in a senior citizen's body. And Cassandra, recently moved from Hawai'i, can't crack the code of what to wear during November in Nebraska.
Cassandra faces end of semester pranks, stray dogs, winter storms, and viral news stories in her fight for justice for a group of student activists. But that's nothing compared to the wrath of a Helicopter Mom!
If you like academic cozy mysteries with funny BFFs, hilarious student shenanigans, and small town drama, you'll like this series. Get Dead Week now!
And Cassandra is knee deep in . . .
Her boss is dead, and the police are calling it burglary gone wrong. But when the killer comes after her, it's going to take more than a pair of furry boots to keep the smart, witty Morton College administrator, Cassandra Sato, out of the deep. . .
Her first Christmas in Nebraska could be her last unless her friends help unravel the mystery and housebreak her dog.
Buy now for a fast-paced, holiday themed whodunit.
Dead of Winter Break is the third book in Kelly Brakenhoff’s popular Cassandra Sato Mystery Series. Death by Dissertation was a 2020 RONE Award Finalist. Publishers Weekly called Dead Week, "a diverting whodunit."
Whether it happens at preschool or the park, both parents and children will relate to feeling left out when you aren’t part of the action. A great way to teach children that everyone deserves to be included in conversations.
Bonus American Sign Language material inside:
Learn 10 ASL signs within the story.
Learn 5 ASL concepts for the English words never mind.
Watch the ASL lesson, vocabulary words, and the complete story signed on video using the link provided in the book.
Watch a deaf parent sign the Never Mind story on video using the link provided in the book.
Duke the Deaf Dog learns that some noises are loud and some are quiet.
Whether it's a tapping crayon, a beeping fire drill, or a crinkly candy wrapper, both parents and children alike will understand the need to know the difference between noises. A fun, engaging way to teach children that some noises are not polite.
Bonus American Sign Language material inside:
- Learn 12 ASL signs within the story.
- Learn Rules for Etiquette in Deaf Communities.
- Watch the Deaf Culture lesson, vocabulary words, and the complete story signed on video using the link provided in the book.
- Watch a deaf parent sign the Farts Make Noise story on video using the link provided in the book.
Digital and Printable workbooks with complete lesson plans are also available in the Digital Educational Resources of Amazon.
When a tsunami targets Oahu, Hawai'i, Dean of Students Cassandra Sato must ensure the safety of 1,000 residence hall students and evacuate them to inland shelters before the first wave hits.
If you like ordinary heroines faced with unexpected adventures, then you'll love the prequel short story to the Cassandra Sato Mystery Series.