Kid Konnection: Three Times Lucky
Mo LoBeau is three times lucky:
Lucky once when my Upstream Mother tied me to a makeshift raft and sent me swirling downstream to safety. Lucky twice when the Colonel crashed his car and stumbled to the creek just in time to snatch me from the flood. Lucky three times when Miss Lana took me in like I was her own, and kept me.
You see, Mo was born eleven years ago during a horrific hurricane and washed away in a river. She was rescued by the Colonel, a man who can’t remember his past and, together, they live with Miss Lana, the flamboyant owner of the cafe in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. Mo loves the Colonel and Miss Lana with all her heart but also yearns to know her “Upstream Mother.”
Tupelo Landing is one of those small towns where everyone knows everyone else’s business, so the whole town is surprised when a police detective comes from Winston-Salem, asking questions about a murder. Surely they would know if there was a murderer among them. Things get somewhat complicated and Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson, find themselves trying to solve a crime so they protect the ones they love.
Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage, is the story of Mo LoBeau and the wonderfully quirky characters of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, and it is fabulous! The characters of this book are charming and just a little bit different and a whole lot of fun! I loved them so much, I’m hoping Turnage will write a sequel.
The storyline is a lot of fun as well. There are times you have to suspend disbelief, but that’s okay – this is a middle grade book, after all. This book should appeal to boys and girls and young readers who enjoy mysteries will be captivated by the story. Even though it takes on some serious subjects, the book doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I found myself laughing out loud a time or two. There’s a lot to discuss in this book – standing up to bullies, what constitutes family, and believing in yourself – so it would make a great book club or classroom book. Be sure to look for Three Times Lucky for the middle grade readers in your life!
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