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Kid Konnection: Three Times Lucky

July 21, 2012

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!

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
11 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    July 21, 2012 8:04 am

    I’m wondering if Booking Daughter is a little old for this one. I think I might give it a try. I always enjoy books that delve into a lot of subjects while still managing to entertain.

  2. July 21, 2012 8:16 am

    This sounds great! And for some reason I’ve always loved the place name of Tupelo and I love quirky characters who are well drawn. Of course, there is that sentence in your review: “Be sure to look for Three Times Lucky for the middle grade readers in your life!” Sigh, that would be me! LOL

  3. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    July 21, 2012 8:26 am

    I loved your review. I don’t spend a lot of time out of work reading MG books but obviously I should because this one sounds like a real gem and one my students would find intriguing!!

  4. July 21, 2012 8:52 am

    What age group would you recommend this one for? Sounds like fun.

  5. talesofwhimsy permalink
    July 21, 2012 9:14 am

    Sounds fab! I’m off to see if it’s available on audio.

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    July 21, 2012 9:19 am

    I’m back, they do! Yippie!

  7. July 21, 2012 11:50 am

    I have this in my stack to listen to. Can’t wait, it sounds like so much fun.

  8. July 21, 2012 2:45 pm

    I thought it was a jug of moonshine on the cover…and since it’s a kid book that was a totally inappropriate thought!

  9. July 21, 2012 8:09 pm

    I like the name Tupelo also. Isn’t there Tupelo honey? or a song about it? I might have to buy this one. It sounds like a good one for my library. Or the bedroom floor right now. (That will make sense when you read my post)

  10. July 21, 2012 8:39 pm

    The cover drew me in. Looks like a fun one for Gage someday-lots of adventure.

  11. July 22, 2012 11:44 pm

    Saw this book today at the store and I wondered about it. I’m so happy to read your review. You make me want to buy and read everything!! :]

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