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ISBN13: 9780803736702
ISBN10: 0803736703
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Publisher Comments:

The eagerly anticipated followup to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times Lucky

Mo LoBeau—one half of the (probably) world-famous Desperado Detective Agency—is back!  

When Miss Lana winds up the mortified owner of an old inn with an unidentified ghost in the fine print, Mos itching to take the case. Plus, a historical ghost might make for some much needed Extra Credit in history. Whos haunting the old inn? And why? Mo and Dale set out to solve their second big case—only to find the inn might not be the only thing in Tupelo Landing haunted by the past. 

A laugh out loud, ghostly, Southern mystery that can be enjoyed by readers visiting Tupelo Landing for the first time, as well as those who are old friends of Mo and Dale.

"A rollicking sequel." —Wall Street Journal

 

"An irresistible Southern narrator—a literary descendant of Scout Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird." —Newsday on Three Times Lucky

Review:

"Eleven years ago, Mo LoBeau arrived in Tupelo Landing, N.C., a newborn baby girl washed downstream during a hurricane and rescued by 'the Colonel,' a stranger who can't remember anything about his own past. Both are taken in by Miss Lana, owner of the Tupelo Cafe. Mo (short for Moses) loves the Colonel and Lana, but she can't curb her curiosity: isn't anybody missing a lucky newborn? Mo scratches this itch by sending messages in bottles to her 'Upstream Mother.' Into this implausible but hilarious premise arrives an out-of-town detective, a dead body (cafe customer Mr. Jesse), a long-forgotten bank robbery, and a kidnapping. This much plot might sink a story, but Turnage makes it work. 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 'umors swirl around the Colonel like ink around an octopus.' But it's Mo's wry humor that makes this first novel completely memorable. 'Boredom kills,' she suggests as Mr. Jesse's cause of death. 'I've had close brushes myself, during math.' Ages 10 — up. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, the Knight Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A hilarious, eccentric young middle-grade novel narrated by twins Jimmy and Stella about their campaign to save the town of Wymore (pop. 49) by restoring the amazing Hippomobile. Comic flourishes include far-out diner slang, with explanatory footnotes.

Synopsis:

Savvy meets Three Times Lucky in Faith Harkeys debut novel--a small-town-Georgia tale of twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet, a hardworking but poor (and hungry!) “wish fetcher” who can grant anyones wishes but her own.

Synopsis:

With this vivid debut, Zora Neale Hurston meets Stephen King in a supernatural Southern Gothic tale for middle grade readers.

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet, of tiny Sass, Georgia, can grant any wish . . . except her own. It's a peculiar predicament, considering how much she could use a few wishes. New friends help Genuine give her family a boost--and then she takes her gift global! Life finally seems to be on the mend. But when she's faced with unexpected trouble that no amount of wishing can fix, Genuine must puzzle out the difference between wishing for a better life and building one.

        Told in the engaging, irresistible voice of Genuine Sweet herself, Faith Harkey's debut novel spins a remarkable tale of a small-town girl with big-time magic and an even bigger heart.

Synopsis:

There are many stories about kid crusaders who save something, but none like this one. With steampunk, tall tale, and just plain silly elements, the story of how ten-year-old twins Jimmy and Stella found out about the unique vehicle called the hippomobile, learned its history, and then used it to rescue their beloved town of Wymore is an original variant on a tried and true theme. A cast of wildly eccentric characters, most of whom are the twins' forty-seven grandmas and grandpas; a liberal sprinkling of diner slang and odd colloquial phrases, many explained in footnotes; and a sense that the events described never took place but could have are among the surprising ingredients of this unconventional creation. The fact that there really was a hippomobile with its own history doesn't interfere with the fun.

About the Author

Sheila Turnage lives in Maury, North Carolina.

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Beverly B, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Mo LoBeau may be my new favorite protagonist, and her best bud, Dale Earnhardt Johnson, may be my new favorite secondary character. Every reader from 10-100 will want to hang with them in their normally sleepy small southern town and join Mo's and Dale's Desperado Dective Agency formed after Mr. Jesse, the town's anti-social curdmudgeon is murdered. Three Times Lucky is a mystery, but it is also a great coming of age story and a heartwarming tale of the eccentric rural south we all know and love from classic southern writers. Mo is an outsider because she "doesn't know who her people are". Dale is an outsider because of his people's history and reputations. What neither of them realizes until the murder, is that the townspeople of Tupelo Landing are a family, and you don't mess with family in Tupelo. Mo is smart, sassy and tenacious. Dale is loyal, hard-working and pragmatic. Together they help, and hinder, the official investigation into the murder, solve some long-held town mysteries, and bring the whole town together. Three Times Lucky is a great book everyone will love.
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bookwoman51, May 9, 2012 (view all comments by bookwoman51)
This is a real page turner. Although it is promoted as a middle reader, the audience appeal will be much wider. There is adventure, southern charm, mysterious goings on and a couple of kids who kept me thoroughly entertained. Take a small town cafe in a place in North Carolina where everybody knows everybody's name and their business, add in a lawman and his female deputy, an unexpected murder, a race car driver named Lavender, an Upstream mother and messages in bottles, the crochety yet beloved Colonel, and a strong smart girl who calls herself Mo LoBeau; mix it up in a great big pottery bowl, throw it is Miss Lana's oven and you've got a story that practically tells itself. Three Times Lucky is a terrific summer read; quite simply, a winner!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780803736702
Author:
Turnage, Sheila
Publisher:
Dial Books for Young Readers
Author:
Tapia, Jeff
Author:
Sheila Turna
Author:
Harkey, Faith
Author:
ge
Author:
Smith, Ronald L.
Author:
Friedman, Michal
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Eleven years ago, Mo LoBeau arrived in Tupelo Landing, N.C., a newborn baby girl washed downstream during a hurricane and rescued by 'the Colonel,' a stranger who can't remember anything about his own past. Both are taken in by Miss Lana, owner of the Tupelo Cafe. Mo (short for Moses) loves the Colonel and Lana, but she can't curb her curiosity: isn't anybody missing a lucky newborn? Mo scratches this itch by sending messages in bottles to her 'Upstream Mother.' Into this implausible but hilarious premise arrives an out-of-town detective, a dead body (cafe customer Mr. Jesse), a long-forgotten bank robbery, and a kidnapping. This much plot might sink a story, but Turnage makes it work. 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 'umors swirl around the Colonel like ink around an octopus.' But it's Mo's wry humor that makes this first novel completely memorable. 'Boredom kills,' she suggests as Mr. Jesse's cause of death. 'I've had close brushes myself, during math.' Ages 10 — up. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, the Knight Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A hilarious, eccentric young middle-grade novel narrated by twins Jimmy and Stella about their campaign to save the town of Wymore (pop. 49) by restoring the amazing Hippomobile. Comic flourishes include far-out diner slang, with explanatory footnotes.
"Synopsis" by ,
Savvy meets Three Times Lucky in Faith Harkeys debut novel--a small-town-Georgia tale of twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet, a hardworking but poor (and hungry!) “wish fetcher” who can grant anyones wishes but her own.
"Synopsis" by ,

With this vivid debut, Zora Neale Hurston meets Stephen King in a supernatural Southern Gothic tale for middle grade readers.

"Synopsis" by ,

Twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet, of tiny Sass, Georgia, can grant any wish . . . except her own. It's a peculiar predicament, considering how much she could use a few wishes. New friends help Genuine give her family a boost--and then she takes her gift global! Life finally seems to be on the mend. But when she's faced with unexpected trouble that no amount of wishing can fix, Genuine must puzzle out the difference between wishing for a better life and building one.

        Told in the engaging, irresistible voice of Genuine Sweet herself, Faith Harkey's debut novel spins a remarkable tale of a small-town girl with big-time magic and an even bigger heart.

"Synopsis" by ,
There are many stories about kid crusaders who save something, but none like this one. With steampunk, tall tale, and just plain silly elements, the story of how ten-year-old twins Jimmy and Stella found out about the unique vehicle called the hippomobile, learned its history, and then used it to rescue their beloved town of Wymore is an original variant on a tried and true theme. A cast of wildly eccentric characters, most of whom are the twins' forty-seven grandmas and grandpas; a liberal sprinkling of diner slang and odd colloquial phrases, many explained in footnotes; and a sense that the events described never took place but could have are among the surprising ingredients of this unconventional creation. The fact that there really was a hippomobile with its own history doesn't interfere with the fun.
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