Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage

I can’t tell you how many times I looked at this book, read the description and thought I should read this one sometime. Well I finally picked this one up after it was named a 2013 Newbery Honor book. I can understand why Three Times Lucky received a Newbery Honor, this book written in such a way that you can’t help but get caught up in the language of the story. Plus Mo is one spunky girl that I love seeing in books.

Moses LoBeau lives in a sleepy little town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone knows everything. Mo washed ashore during a hurricane 11 years ago and through her charm and wit has been making waves since. She has been looking for her “upstream mother” but has found a family in the Colonel and Miss Lana. But when the towns most despised resident is found dead a lawman comes asking questions, particularly about the Colonel. So Mo and her best friend Dale set out to discover the murder and save her family.

This was an all around great debut middle-grade novel. Mo is an excellent narrator. She has spunk, charm, and wit that can match any of the adults in town. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and is fiercely loyal to those she cares for dearly. A smarty and funny, one that I didn’t mind if my daughter wanted to nurse for a little longer since the story was good. I loved Turnage’s description of the various characters in Tupelo Landing. And there is quite the cast of characters. Turnage has a way with words that just envelops you and feels like you are right there with Mo in Tupelo Landing.

Great for readers looking for a fun and spunky narrator who just can’t help but get involved in a murder investigation.


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