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Three Times Lucky (Mo & Dale Mysteries) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 10, 2012
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FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review:
"Here is a writer who has never met a metaphor or simile she couldn't put to good use. Miss Lana's voice is 'the color of sunlight in maple syrup,' while '[r]umors swirl around the Colonel like ink around an octopus.' But it's Mo's wry humor that makes this first novel completely memorable."
FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS, Starred Review:
"...Turnage achieves a wickedly awesome tale of an 11-year-old girl with more spirit and gumption than folks twice her age. Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children's fiction."
"The heroine of Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky is so plucky that young readers may wish she lived next door."—Wall Street Journal, Best Chapter Books of 2012
"An irresistible Southern narrator—a literary descendant of Scout Finch of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'"—Newsday, Top 12 Children's books of 2012
"What do you get when you combine Because of Winn-Dixie's heart with the mystery and action of Holes?...a wickedly awesome tale of an 11-year-old girl with more spirit and gumption than folks twice her age. Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children's fiction."—Kirkus, starred review
"Here is a writer who has never met a metaphor or simile she couldn't put to good use...But it's Mo's wry humor that makes this first novel completely memorable."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Turnage's lively novel features a distinctive voice and a community of idiosyncratic characters."— Booklist, starred review
"Quick-thinking and precocious Mo LoBeau is hilarious in this modern-day mystery...this book will leave readers hoping for more books about Mo and her gang."—School Library Journal
"A dandy mystery...Humor sweetens the mix, making Tupelo Landing a pleasant place to stay for a spell."—Horn Book
"Mo's deadpan colloquial narration is robust and often humorous...Mystery lovers and fans of titles like Di Camillo's Because of Winn-Dixie (BCCB 6/00) or Klise's Grounded (BCCB 1/11) will definitely want to set a spell with Mo."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A vivid, multilayered story which will appeal to both skilled and reluctant readers of either gender. Elements of mystery, romance, secret identities, and long-unspoken small-town secrets blend into a literary stew that becomes compulsively readable as so many tales alternately unravel and combine."—VOYA
Newbery Honor winner
New York Times bestseller
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, NC - population 148 minus one (murder).
Top customer reviews
"Shut up, Mo," he growled, keeping his eyes on Miss Rose. "You talk too much. If you were my kid I'd knock some sense into you, wouldn't I, Dale? Go ahead, Rose, call for help." When she didn't move, he sneered, "What's the matter? Phone out?"
"His hand snaked out. He grabbed the front of her blouse and yanked her forward, onto her toes. "You'll what?" he growled. "Get me thrown out of my own house?"
"Daddy!" Dale cried. "Let her go!"
Time shifted into slow motion. Mr. Macon's hand swooped down in a clean, vicious arc, slamming Miss Rose's face, snapping her head back. She staggered sideways, her knees buckling as she crashed to the floor.
I darted forward to elbow his chin, but she grabbed my arm. "Stop," she gasped. "He'll kill you. Macon, please. She's a child. Just ... just sit down. I'm sorry, I'll get you something to eat."
His laugh came jagged as broken glass, and he stepped closer, fist raised.
So parents, read the book yourselves (I think you will enjoy it) and decide which of your kids are old enough to read it too.
This book was a great read and I would highly recommend it to upper elementary and middle school aged children. It kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat with an easy to follow mystery plot. Sheila Turnage does a great job at introducing different family backgrounds such as adoption, abusive parents, and even parents who don't accept anything less than perfect. Each character brings their own baggage and troubles that can be relative to any reader. With the small-town feel of this book as well as the southern vocabulary, Three Times Lucky is a great humorous mystery that is a must read.
While reading this book for a Children's Literature class we all agree that while there are many things in this book that could be questionable for kids that it is no more violent or inappropriate then the things they are exposed to at school or in the media. We all agree that this is a book that we will have in our libraries in our classroom and would be a great reading book for kids 3rd grade and older.
Most recent customer reviews
Good for tweens and up
Might read next ones because these are quick summer reads