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Three Times Lucky (Mo & Dale Mysteries #1)

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Newbery honor winner, New York Times bestseller, Edgar Award Finalist, and E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor book.

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 ele
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Hardcover, 312 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by Dial Books (first published May 1st 2012)
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Sps
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
There are things precocious children say, there are things quaint children say, and then there are things that children's literature authors make up which even the quaintest and most precocious child would not say, and this book's full of them. Children's literature protagonists seem to have remarkable abilities to say full (and highly quotable) sentences to all and sundry. They do not um, err, quote from pop culture, swear, or get tongue-tied, like the children I know in real life. This makes t ...more
Betsy
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Southern Girl Novel. It’s pretty much a genre in and of itself in the children’s literary world. Some years produce more of them than others but they all tend to follow the same format. Sleepy town plus spunky girl equals mild hijinks, kooky townspeople, self-awakening, etc. After a while they all start to blend together, their details merging and meshing and utterly impossible to separate. I’m just mentioning all this as a kind of preface to Three Times Lucky. Sure, you can slap a Gilbert F ...more
Laurel
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's got drinking and cussing and bad parenting and neglect and murder and child labor. It's also perfect. Every word counts. We need more books like this.
Alison
I loved, loved, LOVED this book. It's a sensational, highly memorable debut novel -- one I enjoyed so much that I didn't want the book to end! I can't WAIT to see what Sheila Turnage writes next.
Jonathan Peto
Somehow the story did not come together for me, despite many strengths. I’m not even sure I want to speculate what went wrong because it may just come down to individual tastes, individual reactions to the particular mix.

I’ll spare a little time though, describing it, in case you can ascertain where you’d stand. Many people seem to love this book, though a sizable few appear more ambivalent, like me.

Good things include a strong, active main character, Mo LoBeau. There is also a murder, and the w
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Destinee Sutton
Mo LoBeau is a rising sixth-grader in the tiny town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. She's a slick talking girl whose best friend is a boy named Dale Earnhardt Johnson III. Mo lives with adoptive parents: Miss Lana, a wig-wearing eccentric cafe owner, and the Colonel, a man with no memory of his past who calls Mo "soldier" (affectionately) and hates lawyers. Mo and Dale decide to become detectives when a local man is murdered and the only suspects seem to be Dale and the Colonel.

Sheila Turnag
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Hilary
Trouble drove into Tupelo Landing in the form of a Chevy Impala and a man named Detective Starr. Mo Lebeau's own detective skills and power of deduction know that car and it's driver are trouble the moment it pulls up to cafe that she works at with her adoptive mother, Miss Lana, and the mysterious "Colonel". Shortly after the car arrives, there is a murder, and Mo sets out with her friend Dale to try to solve the mystery before Detective Starr can.
I found this book to be a little scatterbrained
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vic ( semi hiatus )
let's just say that i didn't enjoy this. honestly, the plot didn't appeal to me, it didn't draw me in. most of the events were pretty out of sync and a bit of a mess for me??? it's probably my brain hungover from cheesecake but i didn't enjoy
Lori Redman
Three Times Lucky tells the story of Mo LoBeau, a sixth grader with no biological mother in sight. She was sent downstream on a raft during a hurricane and adopted by amnesiac Colonel and his girlfriend Miss Lana. Although she spends most of her time thinking about her "Upstream Mother", Mo finds herself with another mystery at hand when local man Mr. Jesse is murdered. Mo and her best friend Dale act as Detectives to try to solve the mystery of the murder, and encounter a hurricane and a kidnap ...more
Wendy
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
No one could be more surprised at how much I liked this book than me. As a rule I loathe folksy narrators and down-home settings and quirky casts of characters. When I saw this book listed on a Newbery-possibility list, I cringed and hoped no one else would recommend it. Eventually I saw it in too many places and had to put it on hold.

This book is the real deal. Is it folksy and quirky? Does it have a lot of country/Southern speech? Yes. But it is never, ever cloying or irritating, because it se
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Donalyn
This book has garnered so many accolades that I feel confused by how mediocre I thought it was. It's true that I have a chip on my shoulder about portrayals of Southerners as ignorant, poor hicks, but I just didn't think the writing was that great.

There were many moments when the book didn't feel like it was written for its intended audience-- like Dale's remark that his brother said he was too pretty to do hard time in prison.

I did like the characters and the sense of community and caring rang
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Samuel
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Three Times Lucky reads like a soap opera, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. It's a novel unafraid to go completely over the top, and one has to admire its courage. An orphan washed up in a hurricane, miraculously unharmed? Check. An eccentric man who can't remember his life before a car crash? Check. Kidnapping, robbery, blackmail, murder? Check, check, check, and check.

The result is a book that's almost compulsively readable. The pacing is excellent, and I found it difficult to put d
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Linda Lipko
Well deserving of the 2013 Newbery honor, I loved this laugh-out-loud creative book.

During a hurricane, baby Mo (Moses) LoBeau was found floating in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina by a quirky man named The Colonel. From henceforth she was raised and loved by The Colonel and Miss Lana.

Now at eleven years of age, she renders all tempest tossed should they cross her path. She is witty, intelligent, snarky and down right loveable.

When a body is found, she and her friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III,
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Erin
I have seen every element in this novel in some other book I've read off the Newbery list. If you've read Walk Two Moons, The Higher Power of Lucky, Savvy, Dead End in Norvelt, and even The Westing Game (for the mystery component), you have already read this book. I'm getting rather tired of the same sassy 11(ish)-year-old protagonist who is smarter than all the adults in the story, who is too precocious and fiesty for his/her own good. In this story, the main character, Mo, fits so may overused ...more
Mary
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Meet the latest member of juvenile fiction's Feisty Females Hall of Fame: Mo LoBeau, an eleven-year-old cafe manager, martial arts expert, detective, and "goddess of free enterprise." Her adoptive dad is The Colonel, a man who lost his memory and found Baby Mo in the course of a single hurricane. Mom is Miss Lana, a free spirit who daily gives the family's cafe a new theme according to her whims. While Mo attempts to locate her birth mother, she eventually discovers that it's love that makes a f ...more
Betsy
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At 10am I opened “Three Times Lucky” by Sheila Turnage, and by 4pm that same day I closed “Three Times Lucky”. And this may sound bad that I am closing the book so soon, but it’s not. I couldn’t put it down for the life of me! Turnage created a town and family of sorts in Tupela Landing, a town only 2 blocks long, but with a story a nations worth.

I’m not sure were to start with this review. The story goes through sort of a maze of side stories to come up with it’s final resting place. Each pe
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Barbara
I guess I'll be going against the crowd on this one--possibly because I have a lot/hate relationship with how writers often depict the South and the quaint Southern towns in which so many eccentric characters with odd names live--names like Dale Earnhardt Johnson III and Lavender Shade. While I liked a lot of things about Moses including her created family of the Colonel and Miss Lana and her constant search for her mother by sending off messages in bottles, I also disliked the haste with which ...more
Angie
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mo (short for Moses) lives with the Colonel and Miss Lana and is very lucky. She washed up during a hurricane when she was a baby and was discovered by the Colonel. Mo has her best friend Dale and the Cafe her family runs in Tupelo Landing, NC and life is pretty good. That is until a lawman comes to town and Mr. Jesse ends up murdered. Suddenly Dale is a suspect, the Colonel and Lana are missing and Mo has to solve the mystery of what is happening around her.

This was a delightful story. Mo is a
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Chelsea
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What did I just read? This book totally caught me off guard and BLEW MY MIND!!!!!

Of the forty-something books I've read so far this year, this my only 5 star and my favorite to date!

I haven't really read much middle grade this year, and I haven't read any mysteries at all, so this one was really just a breath of fresh air for me.

Mo is a fantastic main character. She's quirky, but not in an annoying way. Mo is witty and always has something to say. It's hard not to fall in love!

This book has my n
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Kris Patrick
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: newbery-2013
I'm not a fan of romanticized small town living. Or town folk-turned-detective. Especially ones that are twelve.

I know that I revisit this often in my shouty reviews... If me, Kristin Marley Patrick, who has been working in children's books for 15+ yrs with a graduate degree in library services for children...who has taught children's literature at the graduate level, teacher of reading and writing... has difficulty following the narrative in a novel written for kids, how in the h e double hock
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Mason Sundbom
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so amazing and it is suspending
Gracelyn Buckner
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pre-Teens (10-12)
Shelves: favorite-books
5 Stars

I first read this book in 5th grade, and I loved it!
Monica Edinger
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Completely and utterly charming!

Many lovely bits, but my favorite has to be the line, "I'm a lawyer." Read the book to find out why.
Samantha Ania
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I loved this book. I listened to it and the narrator was delightful, heartbroken that she's not back for the sequel because she became these characters for me. Mo is plucky without being annoying and brave and cool. Her and Dale's friendship was so great and I loved that there wasn't any forced 11-year old romance. I want to go to the Cafe and hang out with everyone. Somehow reminded me a bit of Fried Green Tomatoes, that small town southern feel.
Josiah
Sep 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was somewhat torn in rating this book. There's a lot of good to it: unexpectedly humorous lines from a variety of sources and delivered in multiple styles, a scene or two of domestic confrontation charged with electric energy, a handful of great characters (Dale and Salamander, especially) I won't soon forget. There's a lot to like about Three Times Lucky, and I would definitely give it one and a half stars. I almost even rounded that up to two stars. So I don't want the apparent one-star rati ...more
Terri
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this commentary by stating that I love Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. There is a reason Miss Lee's only novel leads all others in voting for the Best Novel of the 20th Century on Goodreads.com. It speaks to readers. It resonates with them. Scout's voice rings true, and Atticus Finch is the ideal Southern gentleman father. That said, Sheila Turnage's debut novel could be sub-titled To Kill a Mockingbird for Pre-teens. Before you cry, "Sacrilege!" let me explain. Plop Miss Jean ...more
Bookyurt
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh, I loved it. If this book doesn’t charm your socks off, I don’t know what will.

Three Times Lucky is a hilariously wry, marvelously eccentric little mystery that overflows with pure southern charm. Now let’s face it, when it comes to southern-isms, nine times out of ten they fall flat, ring false, or just feel hokey and overblown, like the author is trying to muscle a y’all into place – but this book, this wonderful little gem, is definitely the exception. Turnage just nails it, dancin
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Em
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Em's Review: Miss Moses LoBeau, rising sixth grader, lives in Tupelo Landing NC (population: 148) with the Colonel and Miss Lana, owner and hostess of the local cafe. Like her namesake, Mo was separated from her mother as a baby and sent downstream during a hurricane. Mo hopes to someday solve the mystery of just who her “upstream mother” is, but this summer she has another mystery to solve: a murder mystery. When a lawman comes to town on a murder investigation, and a local man turns up dead in ...more
Elizabeth K.
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-new-reads
I was amazed I liked this book as much as I did. At the beginning, I was suspicious it was going to be too Southern/quirky/cloying for my taste, the protagonist is a sixth grader who was orphaned in a hurricane, raised in a small town by an eccentric couple, and is one of those children's literature kids who is always saying sassy things.

But pretty soon into it, I was thinking this could be a three star book, because while it WAS quirky, it wasn't so much so that it got in the way of the story,
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Aryan
Feb 12, 2015 added it
“We arent always as we seem” is a theme that keeps on coming up in almost every book I read but even more so in the book “Three Times Lucky”, This book has this theme coming up every 50 pages for this is a very big part of the story. This book also has a sense/saying that says Let go of the past, this is the sentence that holds the evidence to my claim: “Dear Upstream mother, I wrote. I crossed out the words. Dear Miss Lana, Hold on. we’ll find you.Mo”.

Throughout the book the Colonel has been a
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