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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
*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 PhelanSee all Editorial Reviews
This book was so freaking enjoyable. The characters were absolutely fantastic and so much fun to spend the book with. And the language! I just wanted to eat up all the words.Published 20 days ago by Peggy Eddleman
Cute book! My son had to read this for his over the summer reading. Since his Kindle account and mine are connected, the book ended up on my Kindle too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MicheleW
Hmm, these characters are pretty interesting. The last book was good, and so is this one. Don't want to spoil the book for anyone so, that being said...I won't divulge.Published 1 month ago by DogBreath101
Had to buy this book after reading "Three Times Lucky". And, as with "Three Times Lucky", my daughter insisted that I read this book aloud with an exaggerated... Read morePublished 2 months ago by L H Veach
wonderful addition to the first book, keep Moses's story goingPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mo and her friends and family are such realistic characters that at first I wasn't sure what I thought about the addition of a possible ghost in this second mystery featuring Mo... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Martino
Loved this even more than Three Times Lucky. Mo and Dale are as engaging as ever, and more than make up for the few incoherencies and plot holes (which I blame on the editor). Read morePublished 3 months ago by phoenix becky