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Three Times Lucky
by Sheila Turnage
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 560L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2012
NO. PAGES: 256
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction, Humor, Mystery/Thriller
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
AWARD{S}:
ALA-ALSC Childrens Notable Book
Edgar Nominee
ISBN: 0803736703
READ & REVIEWED BY: Tiffany - StorySnoop


The Story
Three Times Lucky—Book Review

Miss Moses LoBeau is a very busy girl. She works at her adoptive parents' cafe, she searches for her "Upstream Mother," and now she finds herself putting her detective hat on to solve a murder. Life in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, population 148, is getting very interesting indeed, and Mo and her best friend Dale join forces to outsmart the bad guys and figure out whodunnit!
The Scoop
Three Times Lucky—Book Review
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Three Times Lucky is a gem of a book, told with clever humor and wit, and Mo LoBeau is a memorable and unique character. She is spunky, honest, resourceful, courageous, and endearing. An excellent role model, Mo is utterly unafraid to speak her mind, a fierce protector of her loved ones and a strong willed proponent of justice. Reminiscent of another time, this story takes place in the backwoods of North Carolina, with plenty of drawl and slang and charm. A main character's parent is a violent alcoholic, whose drinking problem is known to all in town, and who is abusive to his family. Tupelo Landing is a tight-knit and supportive community, that comes together when times are tough and when a neighbor needs a helping hand. Underage drinking takes place amongst older teens, and language is extremely mild--one use of the word "jack-ss." This is a murder mystery, so the death of a community member is mentioned, and main characters do find themselves in dangerous, life-threatening situations. Mo has spent her entire eleven years desperate to discover the identity of her birth mother, who she calls her "Upstream Mother." What Mo learns over the course of the story is that the Colonel, who found her as a baby and took her in, and Miss Lana, who also cares for her, are her real family. Three Times Lucky would make a great read aloud, as it is suspenseful, funny, and charming, and Mo is an extremely discussion-worthy character.
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