Title: Three Times Lucky
Author: Sheila Turnage
Genre: Middle Grade, Realistic, Mystery
About the book (Taken from Goodreads):
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.
Mo LaBeau might be the funniest MG character I’ve read about in a long time. Her Southern know-it-all, talk first–think later, point of view will give you a side ache from laughing so hard:
“They found Mr. Jesse in a boat?" I asked. "I'm wondering if maybe he just up and died. Maybe there ain't no murder. Like the fish weren't biting and he died of boredom. It happens. Boredom kills. I've had close brushes myself, during math.”
Turnage takes a few pages from Mark Twain while writing this utterly hilarious MG mystery. There is certainly something of the Huckleberry Finn voice that comes through Mo’s view of the world and the many characters of Tupelo Landing.
The reader is plopped right down in the middle of a full cast of eclectic, small-town characters, each as nosy and opinionated as the next, and none less than Mo. Mo’s opinions about her eccentric guardians–– The Colonel and Miss Lana, best friend Dale, crush Lavender, and Sworn Enemy for Life–– Anna Celeste, kept me in stitches:
“Yes ma'am," I said, "Anna Celeste's party is Saturday, but I don't need a ride.... No ma'am. It's because Anna Celeste is my Sworn Enemy for Life and I'd rather go face-down in a plate of raw chicken entrails than go to her party. Plus I'm not invited…."
Overall: Five stars. I loved this book! The writing, humor, plot and pace, make it an all around exceptional piece. Mo LaBeau has a voice as strong as Anne Shirley, Huckleberry Finn or any other famous fictional character!
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