Ben Esch Sophomore Undercover

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Sophomore Undercover

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For fifteen-year-old, adopted Vietnamese orphan Dixie Nguyen, high school is one long string of hard-to-swallow humiliations. He shares a locker with a nudist linebacker, his teachers are incompetent, and he’s stuck doing fluff pieces for the school newspaper. But Dixie's luck takes a turn when he stumbles across one of the jocks using drugs in the locker room; not only does he finally have something newsworthy to write, but the chance to strike a blow against his tormentors at the school as well.

However, when his editor insists he drop the story and cover homecoming events instead, Dixie sets off on his own unconventional and often misguided investigation. He soon discovers that the scandal extends beyond the football team to something far bigger and more sinister than he ever thought possible. Once he follows the guidelines of his hero, Mel Nichols (journalism professor at Fresno State University and author of the textbook Elementary Journalism) this high school reporter just might save the world. That is, of course, if Dixie can stay out of juvenile hall, the hospital, and new age therapy long enough to piece it all together.

Part social satire, part teen-mystery parody, and wholly hilarious, Sophomore Undercover is a dazzling debut that will make headlines with teens everywhere.

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Charlie Higsonis an acclaimed comedy writer, producer, actor, and genuine Bond aficionado. He is the author of the adult thrillers,Full WhackandKing of the Ants, as well as the internationally best-selling Young Bond series:SilverFin, Blood Fever, and Double or Die. He lives in London.

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Dixie Nguyen, the star (and only) reporter on his school paper, thinks he has stumbled onto a Pulitzer Prize–worthy story after witnessing jocks shooting up what appear to be drugs in the locker room. The perennial target of brutal bullying, Dixie (known as Pixie Dick to the sadistic football players), relishes the idea of exposing his tormentors, and pervasive suspicions that he, too, is a drug-user further motivate him to find the truth. Narrated in Dixie’s relentlessly sarcastic, self-deprecating, raw voice, Esch’s novel is a bumpy first effort from a promising author. Wildly unrealistic dialogue between Dixie and his teachers (including a journalism advisor, who invites him to a dance, with a caveat: no erections) contrast with the book’s most disturbingly realistic passages: the cruel beatings that Dixie endures from the jocks. The unsettling, graphic dialogue and violence jar against the farcical plot and tone, weakening the whole. It is the spot-on details of high-school life that signal Esch’s talent, and readers will hope that he hones his insight in a better-constructed future offering. Grades 9-12. --Gillian Engberg

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