Three Times Lucky

In YA Book Reviews on October 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm


 by Sheila Turnage

Mystery/©2012/312 pages/Stand Alone Book/Recommended for ages 10 and up*

Publisher’s Blurb:

A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetimeRising 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.

Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.

My Thoughts:

This book has it all – memorable characters and dialogue, engaging plot, and terrific writing. Mo LoBeau is an absolutely hilarious main character. She is a Southern narrator reminiscent of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, with the same pluckiness and precociousness. Completely irresistible! The rest of the characters are equally fascinating and unique. The writing absolutely sparkles on the page. If there were a prize for most creative similes and metaphors, Mrs. Turnage would win it hands down. A few of my favorite examples: “Rumors swirl around the Colonel like ink around an octopus”, “My voice is like a turkey gobble crammed in a corset”, and Miss Lana’s voice is “the color of sunlight in maple syrup”. Truly an enjoyable read. I am still smiling!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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