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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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  mshampson | Oct 23, 2014 |
It is no secret that the 2013 Newbery Selection Committee and I didn't see eye to eye. The One and Only Ivan wins and Wonder doesn't even get an Honor? Seriously?! However, they did get it right (well, sort of... this definitely should have won over The One and Only Ivan !) with Three Times Lucky . Oh, how I loved this book! The beginning made me want to go out and rent the movie Fried Green Tomatoes . It just has that pure southern feeling to it, and the main character's foster-parents own a café. And then there's a murder. I fully expected some special barbeque to start cooking out back :) .

Miss Moses Lobeau - rising sixth grader - and her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III (no, his daddy and granddaddy aren't named that too, the III stands for Dale Earnhardt's car number) set out to solve the murder of a crotchety neighbor by forming the "Desparado Detective Agency". Their attempts are hilarious, yet actually quite helpful. One of my favorite quotes from the book is Mo talking to the fancy detective from the city:

“They found Mr. Jesse in a boat?" I asked. "I'm wondering if maybe he just up and died. Maybe there ain't no murder. Like the fish weren't biting and he died of boredom. It happens. Boredom kills. I've had close brushes myself, during math.”

I love Mo's voice and laughed out loud over and over again while reading some of her comments. But let's not leave out Dale. What a great supporting character! We learn more about him from Mo's observances than anything. Two of my favorites:

1. Dale can choose not to worry like he chooses not to wear socks.

2. He peeked around the door. "You through barfing?"
Dale can't tolerate other people throwing up. He gets what's known as the Synchronized Heaves. Lavender says if they ever make it an Olympic sport, Dale's an automatic for the gold.

And yes, Lavender is the name of Dale's older brother, who Mo plans on dating in 7 years when she is 18. Her observances on the different girls Lavender dates are also well worth reading.

This is a book I could read over and over again. It is full of quirky characters, down-home southern wisdom, exciting events, and laugh out loud humor. A great children's book should be enjoyable to children and adults, and Three Times Lucky is great!

Areas of concern:
*The murder of a character well known to the reader and the characters.
*It is mentioned that Dale started swearing last year. I haven't started yet, but the way things are going, I could at any moment.
*The relationship between the foster-parents is a little unusual, but is explained (not fully) towards the end of the book.
**All of the above are just me trying really hard to think of anything that could be a concern to any parents - I really had no concerns about it at all. ( )
  Bduke | Oct 14, 2014 |
Mo's summer is looking good. But that's before the murder, the kidnapping, the car crash, and the hurricane. Now she and her best friend are setting out to solve the mystery of their lives. Good thing Mo's always been lucky. ( )
  jepeters333 | Aug 23, 2014 |
This Newbery Honor book is a North Carolina mystery featuring "rising sixth grader" Miss Moses LoBeau, who was born during a hurricane and sent downstream lashed to a raft. She was found by "The Colonel" who lost his memory during the same storm, and raised by The Colonel and Miss Lana, who open a cafe together (Mo runs it when either Miss Lana or the Colonel inexplicably takes off, but since she's not allowed to touch the stove, she serves peanut butter sandwiches). Mo is devoted to the idea of her "upstream mother" writing letters to her and having friends release bottles with messages when they travel in the hopes of finding her. When cranky Mr. Jesse is found murdered, Mo and her best friend Dale investigate the murder.

I confess I am at a loss to understand the superlative reviews and the Newbery Honor, and I'm pretty sure this will be my least favorite book of the year. I love (or thought I did) mysteries where kids get together and solve them with pluck, but this one is too implausible, even for this fan of kid lit, and the plot (and sweet message about family being about love rather than blood) is obscured by a character so obnoxiously mouthy I was driven to distraction (the book was probably doomed for me when I read that Moses LoBeau is the new Scout Finch). On top of that, the author seems to have raided a discount bin of cutesy southern colloquialisms and cornball synonyms and jammed as many into the book as two covers could possibly hold. While very popular, the book did not work for me at all, and I had to force myself to read it over the course of a week.
  AMQS | Aug 16, 2014 |
A lighthearted look about a small town coping with a mysterious murder. Our narrator, Mo, is a rising 6th grader who tries to solve the mystery with her best friend, Dale Earnhardt. Through Mo's eyes we get to know the people in the town and how their lives are intersected. This is also about Mo's unorthodox searching for her birth mother. It is a pretty fast read even though it is 312 pages. A good book to recommend to fifth grade readers. AR 3.9/ 9 points. Not really a third grade book. ( )
  SuPendleton | Aug 5, 2014 |
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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.
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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 cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

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