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A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime.Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair...
A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime.Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair...
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  • A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime.

    Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau 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. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel—a café owner with a forgotten past of his own—and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. 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.

    Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.

 

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    "Colonel!" I cried. The Colonel opened his long arms and scooped me in.

    Miss Lana says hugging the Colonel's like hugging a turning plow, but I like the scrawny steel of his muscles and the jutting angles of his bones. "I thought you'd still be in bed, resting," I said.

    He tightened the belt of his green plaid robe I gave him for Christmas the year I turned six. "Dale told me you had a stranger," he said, eyeing Starr.

    I pointed. "That's Joe Starr," I whispered. "He's a lawman." Everyone in the café pivoted to squint at Starr, who stood stock-still, the way you do when a mad dog comes near. "He looks like trouble," I continued, keeping my voice low, "but he's nothing I can't handle." I smiled at Starr. "No offense," I said.

    "None taken," Starr said easily.

    "Except for that, everything's going great. Well," I added. "There's been a murder and we're out of soup."

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    Three Times
    Lucky

    by Sheila Turnage

    Dial Books for Young Readers

    an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

    Chapter 1

    Trouble in Tupelo Landing

    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. Almost before the dust had settled, Mr. Jesse turned up dead and life in Tupelo Landing turned upside down.

    As far as I know, nobody expected it.

    As for me—Miss Moses LoBeau, rising sixth grader—trouble was the last thing on my mind as I crept across Dale's front porch at six o'clock that morning. "Hey Dale," I whispered, pressing my face against his sagging window screen. "Wake up."

    He turned over, tugging at his sheet. "Go 'way," he mumbled. His mongrel dog, Queen Elizabeth II, stirred beneath a hydrangea at the porch's edge.

    Dale sleeps with his window up in summer partly because he likes to hear the tree frogs and crickets, but mostly because his daddy's too sorry to bring home any air-conditioning. "Dale!" I bellowed. "Wake up! It's Mo." Dale sat bolt upright, his blue eyes round and his blond hair spiking in all directions.

    "Demons!" he gasped, pointing vaguely in my direction.

    I sighed. Dale's family is Baptist. "It ain't demons, it's me," I said. "I stopped by to tell you: The Colonel's come home and he ain't up to cooking."

    He blinked like a stunned owl. "You woke me up for that?"

    "I'm sorry, Dale, I got to open the café today."

    "Oh," Dale said, his disappointment riding the word to the ground. "But we been planning this fishing trip forever, Mo," he said, rubbing his eyes. "How about Miss Lana? Can't she whip up some craps, or—"

    "Crepes," I said. "It's French. And no, she can't. Miss Lana slammed out just after the Colonel slipped in. She's gone."

    He swore, his voice soft as a breeze through the reeds. Dale started swearing last year. I haven't started yet, but the way things are going, I could at any moment.

    "I'm sorry, Dale. We'll have to go fishing another time. I can't let the...

About the Author-

  • Sheila Turnage grew up on a farm in eastern North Carolina. A graduate of East Carolina University, she authored two nonfiction books and one picture book before she started writing about Mo LoBeau and Dale. Three Times Lucky is a Newbery Honor book, a New York Times bestseller, an Edgar Award Finalist, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor book, and was included on seven Best Book of the Year lists. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, the follow-up to Three Times Lucky, has so far garnered five starred reviews. Today Sheila lives on a farm with her husband, a smart dog, a dozen chickens, and a flock of guineas.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 9, 2012
    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.

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