Review: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage


Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Age Range: 10 and up

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Dial; First Edition edition (May 10, 2012)

Source: Library

Rating: 5 of 5 stars


Newbery honor winner, New York Times bestseller, and Edgar Award Nominee.

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.


“What do you get when you combine Because of Winn-Dixie‘s heart with the mystery and action of Holes?…a
wickedly awesome tale of an 11-year-old girl with more spirit and
gumption than folks twice her age. Mo LoBeau is destined to become a
standout character in children’s fiction.”

(Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )

is a writer who has never met a metaphor or simile she couldn’t put to
good use…But it’s Mo’s wry humor that makes this first novel
completely memorable.”

(Publishers Weekly (starred review) )

“Turnage’s lively novel features a distinctive voice and a community of idiosyncratic characters.”

(Booklist (starred review) )

and precocious Mo LoBeau is hilarious in this modern-day mystery…this
book will leave readers hoping for more books about Mo and her gang.”

(School Library Journal )

About the Author:


 Sheila Turnage lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, a blind dog and an ill-tempered cat.

native North Carolinian, she’s spent most of her life surrounded by the
poetry and humor of rural NC. She writes books, articles and poems, and
enjoys writing about the South in general and NC in particular. Her
books include Compass American Guides: North Carolina and Haunted Inns
of the Southeast.

Three Times Lucky is her first novel for kids.
It’s set in the fictitious town of Tupelo Landing, NC – population 148
minus one (murder).


My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book! Smart, witty, and bursting with
personality, Three Times Lucky was a fun ride. Turnage created
characters that were as beautiful as they were quirky. I loved each and
every one of them. The words just came alive for me.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book yet, I would highly recommend doing so.

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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    May 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    It's been a while since I last saw this book mentioned before. I love quirky/different characters. They are a nice breath of fresh of air from the usual types of MC's I come across. Another one you really enjoyed. Yay!

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      May 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      I went on a Newberry Award book binge at the library. This was among the ones I brought home 🙂

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    May 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I have been wanting to read this book for months, but I was waiting for my library to get an audio copy. Now they have one, and so I can't wait to finally read it!

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      May 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Yay! You will love it. It's so original. It reminded me of Fried Green Tomatoes, but for kids.

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    T. Drecker
    May 22, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I've been glancing at this one every now and then. Guess I'll finally have to pick it up 🙂

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