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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books; First Edition edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803736711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803736719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4–6—Gr 4–6—The perspicacious Mo LoBeau is at it again! This companion to Three Times Lucky (Dial, 2012) takes place only three months after the Desperado Detective Agency's first case in Tupelo Landing. Mo and her partner, Dale, are entering the sixth grade and their very first assignment is to interview a town elder. Mo's first thought is an interview with Grandmother Miss Lacy Thornton, but arch-enemy Anna Celeste Simpson (a.k.a. Attila) has dibs on her. Mo blurts out that she and Dale will interview the ghost that is purportedly haunting the inn that her guardian, Miss Lana, impulsively purchased at an auction with Grandmother Miss Lacy as her partner. The whole town is buzzing about their rash purchase so, in typical Mo fashion, the child tackles the rumors, the ghost, and a few other mysteries head-on. Humor and action abound with Mo's saucy commentaries comprising the cherry on top. The story is filled with the sixth grader's colorful, Southern-flavored friends and her equally juicy similes. Underlying all this fun are more serious themes, including an abusive father doing time, a grandfather involved in an illegal distillery, Mo's absent and unknown mother, and the stunting power of guilt and greed. All of these challenges define Mo's reality, but her unfailing pluck robs them of their sting.—Kathy Cherniavsky, Ridgefield Library, CT

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*Starred Review* More tightly focused than Turnage’s Newbery Honor book, Three Times Lucky (2012), this absorbing sequel quickly reacquaints readers with the Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, setting and its quirky inhabitants, while introducing a few new characters and another mystery for Mo and her friend Dale (aka the Desperado Detective Agency) to solve. Each question they answer leads to another: Who was the girl whose ghost haunts the dilapidated Old Tupelo Inn, which operated from 1880 to 1938? How did she die? Who killed her? Why does she still haunt the inn? When a sixth-grade history project sends Mo, Dale, and their classmates out to interview elderly residents, the pieces of the puzzle gradually move into place—with an occasional nudge from the ghost herself. The intrepid Mo LoBeau, who narrates the story, gives full credit to her best buddy, the occasionally trepid Dale, and slowly warms up to Harm, an initially cocky newcomer whose family history is intertwined with the mystery. The portrayal of Dale’s attitude toward his father, now in prison, is handled with sensitivity and perceptiveness. Turnage’s ability to create convincing characters and her colorful use of language combine to make this a fresh, droll, rewarding return trip to Tupelo Landing. Grades 4-6. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

Sheila Turnage lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, a blind dog and an ill-tempered cat.

A native North Carolinian, she's spent most of her life surrounded by the poetry and humor of rural NC. She writes books, articles and poems, and enjoys writing about the South in general and NC in particular. Her books include Compass American Guides: North Carolina and Haunted Inns of the Southeast.

Three Times Lucky is her first novel for kids. It's set in the fictitious town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina - population 148 minus one (murder).

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They loved the characters and the plot.
Debra
The Desperado Detective Agency has a new case after Miss Lana accidentally purchases Tupelo's Landing's Inn... with a ghost in the fine print.
Sara
My granddaughter read the first book in this series and could'nt wait for this one to come out.
Linda M.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on February 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Sheila Turnage's second book starring Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale is both a fantastic continuation of their story and perfect starting point for readers new to Tupelo Landing. This standalone companion to THREE TIMES LUCKY takes readers back to Tupelo Landing and lands them right in the middle of a new mystery with amateur sleuths Mo and Dale. The Desperado Detective Agency has a new case after Miss Lana accidentally purchases Tupelo's Landing's Inn... with a ghost in the fine print. With the help of the new kid in town, Mo and Dale decide the ghost's identity and figure out why she's sticking around a dusty old inn. Plus, if they interview her for their school project, they'll get extra credit! As the ghost's story is revealed, Mo and Dale learn that people, not just buildings, can be haunted by the past.

Mo LoBeau is one of my favorite MG characters. Smart, hilarious (even when she doesn't mean to be, which is most of the time), and infinitely curious, she's always up for an adventure and never afraid to speak her mind. She sees the magic the world has to offer and never loses her nerve, even in the face of danger. If I find her inspiring as a 20-something year old, I can only imagine how much readers her own age will love her! Who wouldn't love a girl who makes observations like:

"It's hard to know what to say when your best friend serenades an amphibian. On one hand, Miss Lana likes me to be sensitive. On the other hand, the Colonel says most situations don't require my input."

I highly recommend that you read both THREE TIMES LUCKY and THE GHOSTS OF TUPELO LANDING to get the full Mo and Dale experience, but both novels successfully stand on their own as well!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DCS Teacher on February 22, 2014
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I want to visit Tupelo Landing and eat in that diner. I hope they have room ready in the inn when I get there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alice in Vunderland on March 25, 2014
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This is a fantastic and clever middle reader, but I think it might be better suited for children who like to read. There are social and cultural references that go back to the mid-century (20th century) that might elude the more reluctant readers and make it difficult to fully enjoy the book. However, curious and creative children will be able to suss things out (or do the more mundane thing and google them) for themselves. I can say that as an adult, I really enjoyed this book, so I wouldn't discount older readers as an audience either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Woods on March 25, 2014
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This book follows up Three Times Lucky by the same author. I liked this one better. Plenty of action that is fast-moving. As ever, surprises which help to resolve the story. Upper elementary students should enjoy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marianne G. on March 25, 2014
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This is a fun, slightly frenetic, follow up to "Three Times Lucky", which I adored. Mo LoBeau is one of my favorite main characters. She's funny and sassy, smart and witty. Reading this brought to mind one of my other favorite young, female characters; Flavia DeLuce from the Alan Bradley series.

As if the narrative landscape of Tupelo Landing wasn't crowded enough, Turnage invites more crazy characters into this one. Add in a ghost, a murder mystery, buried money and a hidden still and you have all the ingredients for a zany MG book, perfect for a read aloud or independent readers in grades 3-6.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon L Alexander on March 18, 2014
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Turnage has a way of making the setting become a character of its own. Tupelo Landing itself may very well be my favorite character in this book. As a girl from eastern NC, reading her books is like going home. And Mo & Dale are funny, brave, and tenacious characters that I love to root for again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debra on March 16, 2014
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The librarian and I read this book to my fourth graders. While the figurative language was too complicated for them to handle alone, they learned quite a bit doing it together. They loved the characters and the plot. A very enjoyable book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda M. on March 11, 2014
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My granddaughter read the first book in this series and could'nt wait for this one to come out.I preordered this and received it in time for my granddaughters birthday.She said it is a very good book.She read it in two days.
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