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The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (Tupelo Landing #2)

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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. Nat
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Kathy Dawson Books
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A Snicker of Magic by Natalie LloydBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonThe Night Gardener by Jonathan AuxierThe Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila TurnageThe Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Newbery 2015
4th out of 89 books — 311 voters
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This was so much fun. Mo is one of those characters who just won't quit. Her use of language and unique perspective kept me chuckling and turning the pages. Small southern town, quirky characters, girl detective, humor, history remembered and secrets revealed. My heart is warmed.
Three Times Lucky felt like a complete story. I’m always skeptical of follow-ups to successful books. Are they a story the author had in mind or a way to capitalize on a previous success? More often than not, these companions feel more like the latter.

Not the case with Sheila Turnage’s Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. Mo and Dale pick up right where they left off. Everything we loved about these quirky characters rooted in their remarkably unique setting shines in this second mystery. When the 6th gra
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

When I read Newbery Honor book Three Times Lucky, I went in expecting not to like it due to my overwhelming dislike for quirky southern books, particularly ones that take place in the state I've lived the most years of my life. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it and it overcame almost all my qualms. It was with no hesitation at all that I picked up a copy of the follow up, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, at ALA Midwinter. I
“Rising sixth graders” Mo LoBeau and Dale Earnhardt Johnson, III are back in this follow up to the Newbery Honor-winning Three Times Lucky. When Miss Lana (Mo’s adoptive mom) impulsively buys the decrepit Tupelo Inn at an auction, she doesn’t realize the place is haunted. Mo and Dale, now seasoned detectives since they solved a murder and helped find a couple of pets, of course open an investigation to discover the identity of the ghost and reveal the secrets of the abandoned inn, which turn out ...more
The story dragged a bit and seemed to lack a driving force, and (view spoiler), but Mo's voice, the characters, and the setting more than made up for it. I'd visit Tupelo Landing to hang out with Mo LoBeau any day!

Some thoughts from Mo herself:

"The problem with having a temper is you find out what you're going to say at the exact same minute everybody else does."

"Skeeter's little sister, Gray, a proven biter, slouched in a high ch
Monica Edinger
Too early to review or star (as it isn't out till 2014), but I LOVED it.
Alex Baugh
In this sequel to Sheila Turnage's Newbury Honor novel Three Times Lucky, Mo and her best friend Dale find themselves embroiled in another mystery after Miss Lana, one of Mo's guardians, accidentally places a high bid on an old dilapidated inn, complete with a certified ghost.

Another mystery for Mo and Dale of the Desperado Detective Agency to solve? Maybe, after all, they have one successfully solved mystery under their belt. And when Sixth Grade begins the next day, their teacher, Miss Retzyl,
If you liked "Three Times Lucky," you'll be happy to know that this has the same wit, charm, and quirky characters as before. The mystery was not quite as straightforward as the first, and I was kept guessing as to whether there would be a Scooby-Doo ending or not. I didn't think this came together quite as well as "Three Times Lucky" (and found myself getting it mixed up with "True Blue Scouts..." at first), but it was still a lot of fun.
I've been doing a read-aloud book before school with my grandson for several years. He is in second grade, and enjoys a chapter or two of a book he has picked each weekday morning with his breakfast. This one has given me a chance to use my adopted Tarheel accent (I attended college in North Carolina many years ago), and the opportunity to introduce the lad to some interesting cultural tidbits like "Nabs", and some general knowledge like the concepts of analogy and rhetorical questions. We have ...more
Fun book, sequel to Three Times Lucky. I listened to the book on CD and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mo LeBeau and her friend Dale have opened the Desperado Detective Agency (murder their specialty). They have stumbled upon an old mystery--who is the resident ghost at the old Tupelo Inn and why is s/he still hanging around? Not only that, their teacher has offered extra credit to the student who interviews the oldest person in town for an oral history project and Dale and Mo decide to interview the gho
Mary Louise Sanchez
Mo(ses) LoBeau and her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson II, cofounders of the Desperados Dectective Agency, are back with a new case to solve now that Miss Lana,one half of Mo's guardians, has purchased a bonafide haunted house in their small southern town with a ghost included. Can they take a picture of the ghost and include it in their 6th grade history project, along with an interview to satisfy their teacher and earn them extra credit?

The quirky team's adventures and colorful language, w
Teresa Scherping
Having solved their first murder mystery, Mo and Dale, of Tupelo Landing's Desperado Detective Agency, must turn their attention to mundane matters like homework. But when Miss Lana and Grandmother Miss Lacy Thornton surprise everyone (including themselves) by buying the old rundown inn, Mo and Dale's sixth grade year just got a little more interesting. The inn needs a lot of money and work to make it fit for guests, but it has a bigger problem - in the form of one ghostly inhabitant. Mo and Dal ...more
I really enjoyed this as both a fine bit of fluff and as an excellent sequel. I was surprised to find that Three Times Lucky had a sequel, to be honest. So there wasn't a lot of anticipation on my part, just a really funny good-time read. These are the sort of books that you have to be in the right mood for: if you are they are excellent and if you aren't, they'll drive you nuts. If you want to enjoy your grumpy day, look elsewhere. I would offer some great quotes, but I forgot to write them dow ...more
Amy Musser
Plucky heroine Mo LoBeau is back in an exciting follow up to 2012’s Three Times Lucky. Mo and her best friend Dale are flying high on their murder mystery solving glory, but they have their work cut out of for them on their newest case. Grandmother Miss Lacy Thorton and Miss Lana are the accidental owners of an old, and possibly haunted, inn. Once again, Mo knows there’s something fishy going on in Tupelo Landing and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it! Can Mo, Dale, and their new friend ...more
In this follow up to Three Times Lucky, Mo is no longer obsessed with finding her upstream mother. She still writes to her occasionally, but this story is much more focused on her Tupelo Landing family and friends. When Miss Lana "accidentally" buys the haunted and run down Tupelo Inn, the whole town has to pitch in to save it from ruin. A new boy named Harm moves to town and starts out as an antagonist, but quickly becomes a friend to both Mo and her good friend, Dale. Together they work to sol ...more
Review originally posted on Redeemed Reader

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing continues the story of plucky (and hilarious) Mo LeBeau. The writing is even stronger in this second story of small Tupelo Landing and its quirky characters. Mo and her best friend, Dale, are still running the Desperadoes Detective Agency, and she is still infatuated with his older brother, Lavender. Sixth grade starts up one day after the opening of the story, and Mo’s favorite teacher is back. For fans of the first book, t
3.5 stars. The very things I loved about "Three Times Lucky" continue to shine brightly in "Ghosts"- The quick witted humor of Sheila Turnage as she pens the culture of Tupelo Landing with each character she creates. I also love the way Dale and Mo continue to rely on each other as they grow up in this eccentric place. At times, because there is no mention of any type of technology, I forget that this book is taking place right now. It seems almost to be of another time period when things seemed ...more
Lindsey Bangert
This stand alone sequel to Three Times Lucky brings back Mo and Dale and their signature precocious humor, but keeps the story fresh by introducing new characters and expanding on smaller characters from the previous book. The introduction of the paranormal element creates a spooky tone, without making the book a horror story. Once again Turnage does an excellent job of balancing the less plausible but lighthearted child detective storyline with some very serious real world issues. It would make ...more
I received this book through the a Goodreads giveaway. I was worried at first that, with this book being the second in a series, that I would have a few difficulties regarding continuation. But, I decided to go ahead and read it without reading the first book in the series. Luckily, the story is a standalone one. There are some references to the previous book, but nothing that interrupts or takes you out of this story.

I'm not what you would call the target audience for this book. It is intended
Mo and Dale are in the middle of another crazy situation. Mo's mother and Grandma Lucy Thornton have bought a broken-down old inn at auction to keep it from being torn down. But they weren't ready to pay that big a price and didn't realize it came with a ghost.

Of course, no one believes there is a ghost, but it keeps appearing to Mo, Dale and Harm and is visible on photographs that Mo is snapping to document the restoration of the inn. When their teacher assigns a history project that entails in
This book was received as part of Goodreads First Reads Giveaways.

Although geared toward middle school readers, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage is a fantastic read for ages ten and way beyond. Told in a friendly, casual style by the main character, Mo, the reader is quickly drawn in to her world of Tupelo Landing. Mo and her friend Dale are detectives with a mystery with a paranormal twist to solve. And solve it they do with lots of laughter and a few life lessons along the way.I
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*4.5 stars*

Buzzwords: Ghosts, mystery solving, friendship, small towns, gossip, sabotage, cars, school (history)

Miss Lana and Grandmother Miss Lacy have accidentally bought the rundown Tupelo Inn - with a ghost thrown in. Now Mo and Dale need to help find out who that ghost is and interview her for their history paper - solving a few other mysteries along the way.

Mo's voice is as hilarious and adorable as ever - talk about a personality that fills the room! Now that she's given up
I was wandering around the bookstore, looking for a gift for a very Mo-like 5th grade girl, when a display of this book caught my eye. And even better, they were signed by the author! My youngest son and I had convinced his 4th grade teacher to read Three Times Lucky to his class last year, so I knew birthday girl was familiar with Mo. Needless to say, I grabbed a copy for her and one for us. I'm so glad I did, because I enjoyed this even more that 3TL. It can be read independently of 3TL.

I enjoyed diving back into the unique world of Tupelo Landing. This story had a different feel to it than "Three Times Lucky" (the added fantasy elements made the mystery qualities really pop) and I appreciate that Turnage was able to go further with these characters. My one small quibble with this book is that it may be confusing to those who may not have read the previous book. Mo's backstory especially is glossed over (her letters to her Upstream Mother don't pack the punch that they did in t ...more
Sometimes sequels fall flat. Fortunately, that is not the case with Turnage's Ghosts. Boy, can this lady created characters! It's hard for me to tell whether I was transported right into the book or if the characters jumped off the page and sat down next to me.

The text is full of interesting and unique turns of phrase--a boon for a 7th grade English teacher like me who's always on the look out for a great mentor sentence. Simile, metaphors, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia--great exa
Mo and all the memorable characters from small-town Tupelo Landing , NC are back and this time they're investigating town history through the lives of its oldest residents, even those who physically passed on, but who are still hanging around causing trouble.

After Miss Lana and Grandmother Miss Lacy purchase the haunted Inn Mo has double the reasons to get to the bottom of all the ghost nonsense mentioned in the contract.

I really liked the voice of the tale. Mo has a way with words that makes e
Melissa Langston
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I love Mo Lebeau and Dale Earnheart III in The Ghost of Tupelo Landing. Mo and Dale decide to interview the ghost at the tupelo inn for their history project. This story has all the elements of a good funny mystery. There's shady dealing, a car chase, drunk mules, and the wise cracking Mo Lebeau to keep things interesting. This book would be a great read for tweens who liked diary of a wimpy kid, but are willing to try new books.
Jan Polep
This great follow-up to Newberry Honor winner, "Three Times Lucky" has Mo and Dale back solving Tupelo Landing mysteries with the help of a new kid in town. Written for the 4th-8th grade crowd, some of the paranormal parts may be bit scary but I'm betting most kids will love the idea of a haunted old inn, a resident ghost, and the freedom to roam a quirky small town ... all mixed with great middle school humor and characters. Would also make a great read-aloud, in case some of the jokes or descr ...more
Mari Anne
This is a fun, slightly frenetic, follow up to "Three Times Lucky", which I adored. Mo LoBeau is one of my favorite main characters. She's funny and sassy, smart and witty. Reading this brought to mind one of my other favorite young, female characters; Flavia DeLuce from the Alan Bradley series.

As if the narrative landscape of Tupelo Landing wasn't crowded enough, Turnage invites more crazy characters into this one. Add in a ghost, a murder mystery, buried money and a hidden still and you have
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