Three Times Lucky [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

A 2013 Newbery Honor Book

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (May; starred review)
Horn Book
"A dandy mystery...Humor sweetens the mix, making Tupelo Landing a pleasant place to stay for a spell."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Mo's deadpan colloquial narration is robust and often humorous...Mystery lovers and fans of titles like Di Camillo's Because of Winn-Dixie (BCCB 6/00) or Klise's Grounded (BCCB 1/11) will definitely want to set a spell with Mo."
Wall Street Journal
"The heroine of Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky is so plucky that young readers may wish she lived next door."
Top 12 Children's books of 2012 Newsday
"An irresistible Southern narrator—a literary descendant of Scout Finch of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'"
starred review Booklist
"Turnage's lively novel features a distinctive voice and a community of idiosyncratic characters."
Booklist
"Turnage's lively novel features a distinctive voice and a community of idiosyncratic characters."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
"Mo's deadpan colloquial narration is robust and often humorous...Mystery lovers and fans of titles like Di Camillo's Because of Winn-Dixie (BCCB 6/00) or Klise's Grounded (BCCB 1/11) will definitely want to set a spell with Mo."
Booklist (starred review)
"Turnage's lively novel features a distinctive voice and a community of idiosyncratic characters."
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
Similar to her Biblical namesake, Moses LoBeau was discovered as a baby floating downstream following a hurricane. Eleven years later, she still searches for her "upstream mother" by launching messages in bottles on waterways near and far from her hometown of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. Raised by the Colonel (who found her on the same day that he lost his own past to amnesia, thanks to a hurricane injury) and Miss Lana, Mo passes her days fishing with her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, and serving an eccentric cast of local characters at her family restaurant. One day, a stubborn lawman arrives seeking clues in a big city murder. Soon after, the residents of Tupelo Landing must deal with a murder of their own, a kidnapping, and a deepening mystery about the origins of both Mo and the Colonel. This debut novel features a vivid, multilayered story which will appeal to both skilled and reluctant readers of either gender. Elements of mystery, romance, secret identities, and long-unspoken small-town secrets blend into a literary stew that becomes compulsively readable as so many tales alternately unravel and combine. While the characters and plot at times plunge perilously close to being "over the top," the interactions between the townspeople are the heart and soul of the book and successfully redeem it from melodrama or stereotypes. This book is especially recommended for fans of Because Of Winn Dixie (Candlewick Press, 2000), of which it is very reminiscent in tone and characterization. Reviewer: Sherrie Williams
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Murder, mystery, abandonment, abuse, and kidnapping are a lot to pack into any book, let alone one for young people. But Turnage manages not only to do so but also to handle these themes with humor and grace. The infant Mo (short for Moses) turned up in the town of Tupelo Landing, N.C., drifting on a board in the river during a hurricane. An amnesiac, the Colonel, who crashed into a tree in Tupelo as the storm raged, discovered her. The two live there quietly for over eleven years with the Colonel's lady friend, running the Cafe, until an unpopular resident is found murdered and the law shows up to investigate. The Colonel takes an instant dislike to Detective Starr and his sidekick and disappears overnight. A few days later, so does his lady friend, Miss Lana. Are they somehow involved in the murder, which seems to also be connected to a long ago bank robbery/murder in nearby Winston-Salem? Mo has been trying to solve the mystery of her mother for years and now she has this mystery to sort out as well. She has the help of her good friend Dale and many of the quirky, but mostly lovable, characters populating this small town. Turnage's writing is populated with many memorable little phrases, such as "hotter than the devil's curling iron," which add authenticity as well as wit to the tale. The humor, though, is laced with some pretty heart wrenching moments, between Mo's revealing journal entries written to her "Upstream Mother," Dale's attempts to ignore his abusive, alcoholic father, the scary drunken attack by his father on his mother, Mo, and himself, and a frightening scene as the murderer is captured. Tension builds to an exciting climax before the tale winds down. This multi-layered story is extremely well plotted, filled with twists and turns, and people with characters whose words and actions stay with the reader.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Quick-thinking and precocious Mo LoBeau is hilarious in this modern-day mystery set in a small North Carolina town. The 11-year-old discovers the true meaning of family as she searches for her "upstream mother." As a baby, Mo was found washed ashore during a hurricane and has led a quiet life with the Colonel, a café owner with a hidden past, and Miss Lana, the fun and colorful café hostess. Then one day, this idyllic town is turned upside down by a murder investigation. The twists and turns in the plot will keep readers on their toes, and the humorous interactions between Mo and her quirky neighbors will keep them coming back for more. While the story is amusing and mysterious, the author also skillfully touches on tough issues such as alcoholism, spousal and child abuse, and underage drinking. The mood of the book stays light and keeps youngsters rooting for Mo in all of her adventurous endeavors, yet elicits empathy for the secondary characters as they endure and conquer challenging circumstances. While the overall theme is predictable, the solution to the mystery is not, and this book will leave readers hoping for more books about Mo and her gang.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
Kirkus Reviews
What do you get when you combine Because of Winn-Dixie's heart with the mystery and action of Holes? You get an engaging, spirit-lifting and unforgettable debut for young readers. Turnage introduces readers to the homey yet exotic world of Tupelo Landing, N.C., well-populated with one-of-a-kind characters. A stranger with justice on his mind has just arrived in town, and Hurricane Amy is on its way. Rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads the cast through a series of clues as the whole town tries to figure out who among them might be a murderer. The novel's opening lines reveal the unflappable Mo LoBeau as a latter-day Philip Marlowe: "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." This is the first of many genius turns of phrases. Pairing the heartbreaking sadness of children who don't get their fair share from parents with the hilarity of small-town life, Turnage achieves a wickedly awesome tale of an 11-year-old girl with more spirit and gumption than folks twice her age. Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children's fiction. Readers may find they never want to leave Tupelo Landing. (Mystery. 10-14) [starred review]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101575598
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 21,774
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


Sheila Turnage's strong Southern voice rings true, having grown up on a tobacco farm in Eastern North Carolina. She has written nonfiction for adults: Haunted Inns of the Southeast (John F. Blair, publisher) and Compass American Guides: North Carolina, editions 1-5 (Random House/Fodors); and one picture book, Trout the Magnificent illustrated by Janet Stevens (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich). Her work, which often has a distinct Southern flavor, has also been published by Southern Living, American Legacy, Our State, The International Review of Poetry, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and many others. This is her first novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    This book is so much fun, after reading the first two sentences

    This book is so much fun, after reading the first two sentences I knew I was in for a rare treat. The writing style kept me reading and the plot line would not let me put the book down (read it in one sitting). While Sheila Turnage’s book, Three Times Lucky, is written for kids, don’t let that keep you from getting pulled into the delightful town of Tupelo Landing, falling in love with Mo and Dale, (who, while Mo is precocious, act like rising 6th graders and not like small versions of sneaky adults) and all the other entertaining characters.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    THREE TIMES LUCKY is one of those books written for kids but adu

    THREE TIMES LUCKY is one of those books written for kids but adults will totally enjoy. I bought this for my niece who loves anything with a mystery and found myself reading it before I even gave it to her.
    As a character, Mo was just too delightful for words. She had a lot of spunk but was not an annoying caricature of a smart kid. I loved the backstory of her being found by The Colonel and raised by him and Miss Lana. And I got choked up whenever she sent another letter-filled bottle into the water in hopes of it finding her “upstream mother.” But the character that warmed my heart the most was Dale, a kid who has literally been kicked around by life but still has a kindness and innocence I never want him to lose.
    The mystery was very compelling and had a few twists and turns I didn’t see coming. I liked that the author gave the story a sense of danger without it being too scary. Despite the lack of cellphone service I’d consider moving to Tupelo Landing if I could drop in for lunch at the cafe and listen to a good spell of town gossip.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book! Smart, witty, and bursting with pe

    I absolutely loved this book! Smart, witty, and bursting with personality, Three Times Lucky was a fun ride. Turnage created characters that were as beautiful as they were quirky. I loved each and every one of them. The words just came alive for me.

    If you haven't had the pleasure of reading this book yet, I would highly recommend doing so.

    Content: Clean

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Interested

    This book in particular seems like a excellent book to read for a 11 year old.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    XD

    Freakin awesome

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Loved it

    I liked it so much I wrote a 3 1/2 page book report on it

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Amazing book

    I adored this book! I loved the ending of the story and moses is a wonderful person. I also liked lavender too. The colonel and miss lana are wonderful parents for moses lebeau!;)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    Why Kids Will Love It - The humor, adventure and mystery are eno

    Why Kids Will Love It - The humor, adventure and mystery are enough to draw in any middle-grade reader into the story. My son was drawn in from the first chapter and couldn't put it down until all the answers had been revealed. We are both excited for the sequel coming out next year - THE GHOSTS OF TUPELO LANDING.
    What I learned as a writer - The mastery of language is what stood out for me in this book. And the way Turnage shared details about the characters was so seamless, the reader doesn't even realize she is doing it. This is a book where the setting is it's own character, without it the book wouldn't be what it became - 2013 a Newbery Honor Book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Loooved it!!!!!

    I thought this boowas very gripping and I seriously couldnt stop reading it. I would definetly reccomend this book to anyone who likes mystery & suspense with the perfect amount of humor.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Great

    Its very mysterious and always intertaining!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    For a Mystery/Thriller buff like me I am amazed I love a kids bo

    For a Mystery/Thriller buff like me I am amazed I love a kids book! Mo is a spunky 11 year old whippersnapper who was found as an infant
    floating on a river after a hurricane and has been trying to find her "up stream mother" ever since. Moses Lobeau "Mo" loves her Miss Lana & The Colonel who found and care for her, together they run a small & very unique cafe in the tiny town of Tupelo Landing in NC, population 148... This book has mystery, mayhem, fun quirky characters, hurricanes & sweet tea! Just a delightful read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Three times lucky

    I loved this book. I will be honest i mainly liked it because of Lavender. But also because it makes you switch gears on who you think it is alot well atleast it did for me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good mystery :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    This book is pure awesomeness!!!

    Love this book! Its fricken AWESOME!!!! :) :) :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Anonyomus

    Buy it is awesome

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    good

    good

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    :D

    Is " Three Times Lucky" a good book, cuz I haven't read it yet.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    asome book

    I really love this book I think people like me would this book I know I did. Bethany

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    Terrific story and a great read

    I purchased this book for my daughter after seeing a review in the local paper. (As a Yankee in Charlotte NC, I'm always looking for insight into NC culture, plus we spent time over the summer in eastern NC.) I read it first and enjoyed it tremendously. Mo is a fun and balanced character - nowhere near perfect, but she keeps trying. Her written voice is spot on, with flavor and individuality. The whole community is represented faithfully and as individuals, without a smidge of condescension or cariacture. The mystery is twisty and intriguing. Highly recommended for adults and for kids who wouldn't be frustrated by a cast of characters and subtle and emotional reasoning. Enjoy!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Taylor

    Its pretty lucy

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Awsome book ahead!

    I loved this book I read it 3/ times its sweet and mmean with a hint of misteryous

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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