The most wholesome murder mystery you'll ever read. Point of view character Mo LaBeau has one of the most memorable and endearing narrative voices on either side of the Mississippi.
— Maggie, Books Inc. Children's Department Director
April 2012 Indie Next List
“With its small-town setting, quirky characters, and mystery-laden, fast-paced plot, Three Times Lucky is a wonderful novel for middle readers. That's to say nothing of 11-year-old Moses LoBeau, who is, for my money, the most winning heroine of any book -- children's or adult -- that I've read in years. Turnage deserves all the praise she's sure to get for this book, and then some. Simply a great read!”
— David Mallmann, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
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 cafe owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous cafe 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.
About the Author
Sheila Turnage is from eastern North Carolina, just like Miss Moses LoBeau, the protagonist from "Three Times Lucky". Her first novel for children, "Three Times Lucky", is a Newbery Honor winner, a "New York Times" bestseller, an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, and an Edgar Award finalist. It has been nominated for six state awards and has been licensed in five countries. Her follow up book, "The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing", also a "New York Times" bestseller, has received five starred reviews, is a SIBA Okra Winter 14 pick, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Sheila is also the author of two nonfiction adult titles: "Haunted Inns of the Southeast" and "Compass American Guides: North Carolina", as well as one picture book, "Trout the Magnificent" illustrated by Janet Stevens. Her next children's book, "The Odds of Getting Even" (a Mo & Dale mystery) will be available in October 2015.
«“A wickedly awesome tale…Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children’s fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Spunky and hilarious, eleven-year-old Mo LoBeau is one of my newest favorite heroines. Three Times Lucky will make everyone want to ride his or her own hurricane all the way to Tupelo Landing, just to join the fun.”—Ingrid Law,Newbery Honor-winning author of Savvy
«“Turnage’s lively novel features a distinctive voice and a community of idiosyncratic characters.”—Booklist, starred review