Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
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 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. Group meeting: Saturday, December 15 at 6:30 pm at The Last Bookstore Three Times Lucky on Goodreads Sheila Turnage‘s website – sheilaturnage.com – Facebook VERDICT: Average rating: 4.36 Many of us enjoyed Three Times Lucky primarily for the unique quality of the voice, characters, and storytelling. Although, it’s a middle grade book, we feel that the entertainment value is wide and far reaching and should appeal to anyone who enjoys quirky Southern mysteries. There are some incredibly funny lines throughout. Here are some favorites:
“Dale started swearing last year. I haven’t started yet, but the way things are going, I could at any moment.”
“I can’t say our customers are an ugly lot, but at 6:30 am, they ain’t pretty.”
“I enjoy kicking others, but would do better in an art that allows spitting.”
“Desperado Detectives. Murders Solved Cheap. Lost Pets Found For Free. Dale: Head of Lost Pets.”
“PS: I apologize for naming you Moses. I didn’t know you were a girl until it was too late.”
Several of us listened to the audiobook and we agree that Michal Friedman performed magnificently. This was Friedman’s final recording; she passed away after giving birth to twins in November 2011.Aly took some great pictures of the store; see her post A trip to the Last Bookstore on Kid Lit Frenzy!