Mojo by Tim Tharp

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All Dylan wants is mojo. What is mojo? It's power. The ability to command respect. It's everything Dylan doesn't have. He gets no respect at school, and when he finds the dead body of a classmate, even the police push him around. All the thanks he gets for trying to help the investigation with his crime drama skills is a new nickname at school: Body Bag. So when Dylan hears about a missing rich girl from the other side of town, he jumps at the chance to dive into this mystery. Surely if he cracks a case involving a girl this beautiful and this rich, he'll get not only a hefty cash reward, but the mojo he's looking for. 

His investigation takes him into the world of an elite private high school and an underground club called Gangland. As Dylan—along with his loyal friends Audrey and Randy—falls down the rabbit hole, lured by the power of privilege, he begins to lose himself. And the stakes of the game keep getting higher.  
 

About Tim Tharp

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TIM THARP lives in Oklahoma, where he teaches at Rose State College. He is the author of the highly acclaimed YA novels Badd, Knights of the Hill Country and The Spectacular Now, which was a 2008 National Book Award finalist.













Author Residence: Oklahoma City
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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An Oklahoma City high school loser becomes an amateur detective.

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Overweight and unnoticed, Dylan badly wants to acquire “mojo,” that ineffable something that would make him popular. Accidentally discovering the dead body of a classmate named Hector doesn’t do it bu

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An Oklahoma City high school loser becomes an amateur detective.

Mar 26 2013 | Read Full Review of Mojo

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Dylan thinks that finding Ashton Browning, a missing high school students from a very rich and exclusive popular school, will solve all of his problems.

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Gr 9 Up—Dylan is a husky high school junior with a craving for burgers, a penchant for retro T-shirts, and a dream of owning a '69 Mustang and pursuing a career in journalism. But a lack of respect at school and a run-in with a corpse in a dumpster lead him to determine that what he really needs ...

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Gr 9 Up—Dylan is a husky high school junior with a craving for burgers, a penchant for retro T-shirts, and a dream of owning a '69 Mustang and pursuing a career in journalism. But a lack of respect at school and a run-in with a corpse in a dumpster lead him to determine that what he really needs ...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Mojo

Gr 9 Up—Dylan is a husky high school junior with a craving for burgers, a penchant for retro T-shirts, and a dream of owning a '69 Mustang and pursuing a career in journalism. But a lack of respect at school and a run-in with a corpse in a dumpster lead him to determine that what he really needs ...

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Gr 7–10—Dylan is literally thrown into a murder mystery when a group of thugs tosses him into a Dumpster and he lands next to Hector Maldonado, whom he recognizes from school, but just barely, as Hector Maldonado is very much dead. He has barely brushed off the garbage when wealthy teen Ashton Br...

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