The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing [NOOK Book]


The eagerly anticipated followup to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times Lucky

Small towns have rules. One is, you got to stay who you are -- no matter how many murders you solve.

When Miss Lana makes ...
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The eagerly anticipated followup to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times Lucky

Small towns have rules. One is, you got to stay who you are -- no matter how many murders you solve.

When Miss Lana makes an Accidental Bid at the Tupelo auction and winds up the mortified owner of an old inn, she doesn't realize there's a ghost in the fine print. Naturally, Desperado Detective Agency (aka Mo and Dale) opens a paranormal division to solve the mystery of the ghost's identity. They've got to figure out who the ghost is so they can interview it for their history assignment (extra credit). But Mo and Dale start to realize that the Inn isn't the only haunted place in Tupelo Landing. People can also be haunted by their own past. As Mo and Dale handily track down the truth about the ghost (with some help from the new kid in town), they discover the truth about a great many other people, too.

A laugh out loud, ghostly, Southern mystery that can be enjoyed by readers visiting Tupelo Landing for the first time, as well as those who are old friends of Mo and Dale.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 11/11/2013
After solving a murder in their small North Carolina town over the summer, the heroes of Turnage’s Newbery Honor–winning Three Times Lucky “went famous for about a week until the gravity of habit pulled our lives back into regular orbit,” says narrator Mo LoBeau in this equally hilarious sequel. Sixth grade is starting, but who has time to worry about interviewing elderly residents for a history project to mark the town’s 250th anniversary when the dilapidated inn that Miss Lana, Mo’s guardian, just acquired at auction is obviously haunted? One mystery per book is not enough for Turnage, so there’s also buried treasure, a missing moonshine still, impending financial ruin, and strange goings-on in the woods. Not every thread is fully tied off, but the residents of Tupelo Landing are so companionable and Mo so indefatigable (and funny) that readers can only hope those loose ends mean another installment is in the works. The budding detective has clearly taken to heart something her foster mother always emphasizes: “All the world’s a stage, sugar, so hop on up there.” Ages 10–up. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, the Knight Agency. (Feb.)
starred review Booklist
• "Turnage's ability to create convincing characters and her colorful use of language combine to make this a fresh, droll, rewarding trip to Tupelo Landing."
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Welcome back to Tupelo Landing! Mo and Dale, the Desperado Detectives who solved a murder mystery three months back, are about to start the sixth grade. The town is abuzz over the auction of the town’s historic but run-down inn, which is said to be haunted. When Mo’s guardian, Miss Lana, and her “grandmother” Miss Lacy place the winning bid, Mo and Dale set out to solve the ghostly mystery, partly to solve Mo’s curiosity but also to fulfill a class assignment to interview a town elder. All the characters from Three Times Lucky return in this latest tale with a couple of newcomers thrown into the mix, most notably new classmate Harm Crenshaw, whose family is somehow tied to the ghost. A missing still, buried treasure, financial finagling, and strange sightings in the woods add to the drama. Turnage has crafted another tightly plotted, beautifully worded story, again dryly told by the witty Mo. There are serious elements, though: Mo still writes journal entries to her unknown “Upstream Mother” and Dale is adjusting to his father’s incarceration, the result of the Desperado Detectives’ sleuthing. As the grand reopening of the Tupelo Inn approaches, tension builds as the Detectives race to unravel the ghostly puzzle while Misses Lana and Lacy struggle to have the Inn ready in time. Turnage’s memorable characters and colorful language make this a delightful return to Tupelo Landing. Let’s hope the few loose ends mean there will be another trip there soon! Reviewer: Peg Glisson; Ages 10 to 14.
School Library Journal
★ 01/01/2014
Gr 4–6—Gr 4–6—The perspicacious Mo LoBeau is at it again! This companion to Three Times Lucky (Dial, 2012) takes place only three months after the Desperado Detective Agency's first case in Tupelo Landing. Mo and her partner, Dale, are entering the sixth grade and their very first assignment is to interview a town elder. Mo's first thought is an interview with Grandmother Miss Lacy Thornton, but arch-enemy Anna Celeste Simpson (a.k.a. Attila) has dibs on her. Mo blurts out that she and Dale will interview the ghost that is purportedly haunting the inn that her guardian, Miss Lana, impulsively purchased at an auction with Grandmother Miss Lacy as her partner. The whole town is buzzing about their rash purchase so, in typical Mo fashion, the child tackles the rumors, the ghost, and a few other mysteries head-on. Humor and action abound with Mo's saucy commentaries comprising the cherry on top. The story is filled with the sixth grader's colorful, Southern-flavored friends and her equally juicy similes. Underlying all this fun are more serious themes, including an abusive father doing time, a grandfather involved in an illegal distillery, Mo's absent and unknown mother, and the stunting power of guilt and greed. All of these challenges define Mo's reality, but her unfailing pluck robs them of their sting.—Kathy Cherniavsky, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-11-16
With heaps of Southern charm and the homespun humor of a favorite uncle, Turnage presents the spirited follow-up to her Newbery Honor debut, Three Times Lucky (2012). Just as its predecessor did, this sequel shines thanks to Turnage's deft, lyrical language and engaging characters. Mo LoBeau and her Desperado Detective Agency cohort, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, are sixth graders now. When a purportedly haunted historic inn goes on auction and Mo's guardian, Miss Lana, wins the bid, Mo is determined to use her detecting skills to find the ghost. Dale isn't so sure, but Mo is a force of nature when she sets her mind. But Dale fears Mo has gone too far when, in a fit of one-upmanship with her archnemesis Anna "Attila" Celeste Simpson, Mo declares that she and Dale will do a class project on the town's oldest citizen. Turnage crafts a laugh-out-loud scene: "It would mean extra credit," Miss Retzyl points out. "Extra credit looms large with Dale, who specializes in the Recess Arts.... Attila flashed her braces. ‘There isn't anyone older [than Mayor Little's mother], Mo-ron'....My temper popped like bacon on a hot skillet. ‘There is too somebody older....Dale and me are interviewing a ghost.' " Naturally, Mo and Dale learn as much about growing up as they do about spirits from the great beyond. This delightful sequel demonstrates that Tupelo Landing may be even better on a second visit. (Mystery. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101593868
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 44,398
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Sheila Turnage is the author of New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor winning novel, Three Times Lucky, as well as a guidebook called Haunted Inns of the Southeast. She lives in North Carolina.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    The ghosts of tupelo landing

    I love this series!! I recomend it to anyone who likes mysteries!!!!----- no name

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    An Awesome Ghost Story

    The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing is an great story, even spooky enough that you might not want to read it at night. You shouldn't read this book if you haven't read Three Times Lucky, though, because it won't make as much sense. I recomend this book for anyone ten years or older. This is a classic that I think will never stop being popular.

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    Posted July 29, 2014

    Love it

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