Three Times Lucky and The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Shelia Turnage
Posted by Caitie F on April 6, 2014
Title: Three Times Lucky and The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
Author: Shelia Turnage
Hardcover: 312 pages and 368 pages
Pub Date: May 10, 2012 and Feb 4, 2014
Rating: ++++ and ++++
Summary from pub:
Three Times Lucky
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.
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
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.
I don’t often put a review of two books in one post, but these are both so good that I read them back to back and think you should too. So this is a review of both middle grade mysteries.
If you don’t believe me, Three Times Luck got a Newbery Honor, which it completely deserves.. The second book is new, but don’t be surprised if it starts picking up so awards too.
These characters are fantastic. You will fall in love with Mo instantly. Her attitude reminded me a little bit of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. Mo is smart, loving, and curious making it impossible to root against her. Dale is another great character. Both of these kids are so realistic. The adults are all great characters too. Readers really get to know the adults as much as the kids.
The setting of the book is wonderful too. I felt like I was in the South as I read. The town feels like it is a character.
The mysteries and intriguing and exciting, perfect for the middle grade readers. There is suspense, but it isn’t scary.
So if you are looking for a good middle grade mystery, go get both of these. You won’t regret it!