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The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

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by Sheila Turnage
     
 

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

Mo LoBeau—one half of the (probably) world-famous Desperado Detective Agency—is back!  

When Miss Lana winds up the mortified owner of an old inn with an unidentified ghost in the fine print,

Overview

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

Mo LoBeau—one half of the (probably) world-famous Desperado Detective Agency—is back!  

When Miss Lana winds up the mortified owner of an old inn with an unidentified ghost in the fine print, Mo’s itching to take the case. Plus, a historical ghost might make for some much needed Extra Credit in history. Who’s haunting the old inn? And why? Mo and Dale set out to solve their second big case—only to find the inn might not be the only thing in Tupelo Landing haunted by the past. 

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.

"A rollicking sequel." —Wall Street Journal
"An irresistible Southern narrator—a literary descendant of Scout Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird." —Newsday on Three Times Lucky


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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."

From the Publisher
"The perspicacious Mo LoBeau is at it again!. . . humor and action abound."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Just as its predecessor did, this sequel shines thanks to Turnage's deft, lyrical language and engaging characters."—Kirkus, starred review

"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."—Booklist, starred review

"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.'"—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"With less real danger here than in the first book, some Scooby Doo twists, and a bona fide ghost, this is sure to please both fans and readers new to Mo, who remains as quotable as she is lovable. . . .we certainly hope there is more to come from the Desperado Detectives."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"A rollicking sequel."—Wall Street Journal

A 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee

PRAISE FOR THREE TIMES LUCKY:
 •  Newbery Honor
 •  New York Times bestseller
 •  Edgar Award Finalist
 •  EB White Read-Aloud Award Honor Book

"What do you get when you combine Because of Winn-Dixie's heart with the mystery and action of Holes?...Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children's fiction."—Kirkus, starred review

"Here is a writer who has never met a metaphor or simile she couldn't put to good use."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Turnage's lively novel features a distinctive voice and a community of idiosyncratic characters."—Booklist, starred review

"The heroine of Sheila Turnage's "Three Times Lucky" is so plucky that young readers may wish she lived next door."—Wall Street Journal

"A literary descendant of Scout Finch of "To Kill a Mockingbird"—Mo LoBeau announces this novel's mystery from behind the counter of the Tupelo Diner: 'There's been a murder and we're out of soup.'"—Newsday

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101593868
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
123,413
Lexile:
550L (what's this?)
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

What People are saying about this

Wall Street Journal

"A rollicking sequel."
From the Publisher
Praise for The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

• "This sequel shines." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

• "The perspicacious Mo LoBeau is at it again!" —School Library Journal, starred review

• “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.”—Booklist, starred review

• "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.'" —Publishers Weekly, starred review

• "We certainly hope there is more to come from the Desperado Detectives." — BCCB, starred review
 
"A rollicking sequel." —Wall Street Journal

Junior Library Guild Selection
SIBA “Okra Pick” for best Southern-flavored literature
Bookpage Most Anticipated Children’s and Teens Books of 2014

Meet 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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