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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books; First Edition edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803736711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803736719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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

From Booklist

*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).

Customer Reviews

My 10 year old daughter and I both enjoyed reading this book together.
Sheryl Cowan
I can say that as an adult, I really enjoyed this book, so I wouldn't discount older readers as an audience either.
Alice in Vunderland
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

15 of 15 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alice in Vunderland on March 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PDXbibliophile on March 4, 2014
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Hooray! Mo and Dale are back. Two of the best characters to appear in middle grade literature in a long time, they made their debut in Three Times Lucky, one of my favorite books of 2012. I have been waiting for the sequel. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing does not disappoint. Mo is still lovable, spunky and sassy, (but always a courteous sass) and Dale is still apprehensive and methodical. Together they are an unbeatable team. In the Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, they set out to get rid of the ghosts haunting the old inn just purchased by Miss Lacy and Miss Lana. If the inn is not a success, the women will be broke. Mo cannot let that happen to her adopted grandmother and her adopted mother. While investigating the history of the inn, Mo realizes many people in the small town of Tupelo have long held secrets, and she may not know them as well as she thought she did. She also realizes she does not know Dale as well as she thought she did. Turns out he has been keeping secrets from his best friend. All of the quirky townspeople from Three Times Lucky are back to keep an eye on Mo and keep her from getting in too much trouble. A charming new character is introduced as well. Harm Crenshaw is as sassy as Mo and even smarter. His quick wit turns Mo green with envy. He is the perfect foil for her abundance of confidence. A couple of the secondary plot lines from book one continue in book two and are sure to show up in book three. Can't wait
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4 of 5 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
If you read a lot and read widely among genres and across reader age demos you may have noticed that some of the most personable, engaging, interesting, entertaining and compelling narrators out there are twelve year olds. You don't have to agree that many contemporary adult fiction characters are shallow self-obsessed twits in order to appreciate the freshness, energy, insight and practical, wide-eyed truth telling of so many of these "middle grade" characters. Some of them appear in gritty urban and domestic dramas, some are in rural fables, some appear in school daze dramas, and many appear in fantasy/quest novels. Regardless of the venue, the premise, or the style and substance of the work, kid characters seem to be telling us more about ourselves than ever before. It may have started with Scout Finch, (of course it started before her), but the tradition is stronger than ever.

Which brings us to Moses LoBeau, who is in the rural, southern style, and to Newbery winning author Turnage who deftly animates Moses' colorful and lively voice with delicacy, color, droll humor and a genius for the telling and rewarding simile. Moses and her pal Dale are once again involved in solving a mystery, and what is a mystery but an invitation and opportunity to explore, expose, weigh and judge the secrets of the residents of Tupelo Landing? There is humor, drama, pain, guilt, greed, joy and matters of great and of little weight hidden behind all of those curtains, and Moses stumbles across a good deal of it. Because she is absolutely fundamentally sound, because she is decent and generous and forgiving, and because she is nobody's fool, Moses LoBeau is the perfect guide through all of these lives.
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