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By Joe Applegate, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slick but lopsided tale of teen trying to solve a murder.

Book Tim Tharp Mystery 2013
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age 12+

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Dylan Jones and his sidekicks, Audrey and Randy, have loads of unself-conscious charm. Dylan likes himself chubby, Audrey likes herself lesbian, Randy likes to fool cops by playing dumb. It's fun following Dylan as he negotiates the social nuances of the privileged the kids who live north of Tenth Avenue in Oklahoma City, and we're not surprised when he is nearly drawn into their world. Young readers will enjoy the spot-on dialogue.

Too bad the rich kids in this tale of them vs. the rest of us are given so little humanity. The world in MOJO is too starkly divided: all but one of the rich kids and their parents are hedonists, everyone else is noble. The book's climax and resolution have a sassy charm, spoofing hardboiled detective fiction, but too many of the bad guys are hard to believe.

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