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Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Three Times Lucky (edition 2012)

by Sheila Turnage

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Title:Three Times Lucky
Authors:Sheila Turnage
Info:Dial (2012), Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:children's fiction, mystery, orphans

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Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

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"Mo LoBeau doesn't know the story of her biological family. All she knows is her life in a tiny North Carolina town with the Colonel, who found her floating down a river in a hurricane the same day he lost his memory, and Miss Lana, who has raised Mo like her own. The three of them run a cafe next to their house, with the frequent help of Mo's best friend Dale.

When a mysterious stranger shows up at the cafe asking questions - a lawman named Joe Starr - Mo and the Colonel suspect that trouble is on the way. But they have no idea just how much trouble is coming down the pipe. A cafe regular called Mr. Jesse turns up dead - murdered in his boat. The Colonel disappears. Dale's brother is in a high-speed car crash. And then there's the kidnapping.

Mo and Dale set themselves on the case, not quite sure who they can trust. Will they solve the murder - and the question of Mo's past - before the killer strikes again?

I fell for Mo, Dale, the Colonel, Miss Lana, and pretty much every important character in this book (of which there are many). I also found myself trying to figure out the mystery before the end of the book, but there are so many twists and surprises that I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. I couldn't put it down! The author brought Mo through an important journey in the book, and I loved the way she ended it.

I wouldn't mind reading another volume about Mo LoBeau and the community at Tupelo Landing.

Reviewed for the Emmet O'Neal Library Children's Department" by Rachel ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
Mo LoBeau is a spunky 12-year-old in love with a good mystery. In fact, her life itself has been quite the mystery. She was born to an Upstream Mother in a hurricane, set afloat on flooded waters as an infant. She was found by the Colonel and from then on she found a place with him and Ms. Lana in the little town of Tupelo Landing. When murder strikes the town, Mo and her friend, Dale find themselves as detectives. With every twist and turn, this book draws in readers, ending in a very unsuspecting turn.

Personal Reaction: I love a good mystery. Mo is very relatable, in almost a heartbreaking way, as she sets out to find her Upstream Mother and carve a place in her small town. Transplanting from Denver to Duncan, I could relate to the uncomfortable, misplaced feeling Mo felt in Tupelo Falls. The book was very entertaining and I had a hard time putting it down.

Classroom extension:
1) Mo sends letters to her Upstream Mother in glass bottles. Instead of sending letters in bottles, teach students how to address envelopes and letters correctly so the USPS can send them. Have each student write a letter to their own mother.
2) Mo helps the Colonel and Lana run a café. Have each student design a menu for their café. Later, have students work in pairs, giving them a certain amount of play money to spend. With one student as the customer and one as the waiter, have the students practice ordering, paying with money, and making change. ( )
  CaitlinHendy | Nov 26, 2016 |
This is a mystery book about a young girl is who trying to found out what happens to her mom. Upper elementary children would probably like this book if they enjoy mysteries and solving problems. ( )
  apd105 | Nov 10, 2016 |
Very detailed mystery book about a 12 year old girl. The organization of this book is very great and aides to the comprehension by a young reader. Kids interested in mystery books would love and find great interest in the book. The author shows a lot of voice through her portrayal of characters. ( )
  caitlinpw | Nov 4, 2016 |
I read Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. This book is a mystery about a 12 year old girl. She tries to discover who her mother is and then how her mother died. I liked this book because the author organized the details so that it was easy to understand and follow. I also liked it because it was suspenseful all the way to the end. I would recommend this book to all forth graders and suspense lovers. ( )
  AidenC4 | May 11, 2016 |
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For my parents-Vivian Taylor Turnage and A.C. Turnage, Jr.-who taught me to love books.
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Trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing at exactly seven minutes past noon on Wednesday, the third of June, flashing a gold badge and driving a Chevy Impala the color of dirt.
His newt, Sir Isaac, stirred in the terrarium. (p. 209)
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Mo LeBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. SHe's found a home with the Colonel-a cafe owner with a forgotten past of his own-and Miss Lana, the fabulous cafe hostess, and will protect those she loves with every bit of he strong will. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known. (ARC)
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Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafâe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

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