Saturday, July 28, 2012
Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage
This is what Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage is to me.
"Trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing at exactly seven minutes past noon on Wednesday, the third of June, flashing a gold badge and driving a Chevy Impala the color of dirt." (p. 1) Tupelo landing is where Moses (Mo) LoBeau ended up after her mother strapped her to a make shift raft during a hurricane. She came to stay with Miss Lana and the Colonel and helped them run their cafe. When local oldie Mr. Jesse turns up dead, Tupelo Landing turns upside down, with Mo and bestfriend Dale smack in the middle of everything, due to a little bit of borrowing of Jesse's rowboat.
Turnage has managed to pack an awful lot of goodness into this one including a twisty turny mystery, unforgetable characters, family heart-ache, strong girl-boy friendship and memorable turns of phrase. It is a book that will have readers laughing, wondering and feeling sad in turn.
I was lucky enough to meet Sheila Turnage at ALA in Anaheim and she said that Mo just kept talking to her. She wanted her story told. I'm awfully glad Turnage listened to her!