Three Times Lucky

Three Times Lucky

Book - 2012
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Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2012.
ISBN: 9780803736702
Characteristics: 312 p. :,map ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: 3 times lucky


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Aug 24, 2018

This book was amazing! It was full of mysteries and you never knew what was going to happen next. It was very fun to read and I would definitely recommend it. My personal favourite part of the book was Miss Lanas character. She seemed like someone that was always joyful, but she also knew how to defend herself. Please read this book, you'll love it!

DCLteens Mar 29, 2018

A suspenseful page-turner! Someone is murdered, and two kids are trying to crack the mystery. Who was the murderer?
Reviewed by Gustav, a Teen Library Council member

Aug 14, 2017

I loved this book because I love murder mystery books.I also loved how the ''colonel'' hated lawyers but he turned out to be one.I recommend this book to people who like murder mystery books.

Nov 07, 2016

I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove this book. and pls give me like!

Jun 29, 2016

I loved this book. It was so mysterious and full of secrets. I thought it was funny how the "Colonel" hated lawyers, but it turned out he was one!

Jun 08, 2016

To me, the book started slowly, but the characters were vivid and pulled me in right away. I ended up enjoying the mystery of Mo's Upstream Mother more than the mystery that she and Dale were supposed to be solving, but overall thought the book was good.

This book captivated me from the very beginning with spot-on dialogue/dialect that made me feel like I was right there in Eastern Carolina standing beside these very believable characters. Turnage captured the small town flavor perfectly and kept the book moving with humor and beautiful description. I only found the ending to be a bit rushed and the way the mystery was solved to be a bit hoaxy. But overall, a wonderful read for preteens and adults of all ages! Loved using this in my preteen book club!

Jul 12, 2015

I like this book.

Jul 11, 2015

this book is mysterious .

Dec 17, 2014

First of all, I do not usually like books with small town or hick culture. But from the very first page, this book grabbed me, pulled me in, and wouldn't let go until the end. Turnage writes in such a manner that the book moves along at a very fast pace. I kept wanting to know what would happen next. Turnage does not bog you down with lengthy descriptions and has plenty of dialogue and humor.

Mo is a girl who was found after a hurricane as a baby and this is her story. She is an impulsive and lively girl. She is always asking questions. Her best friend is Dale, a cautious boy with an abusive father. In their little town, a murder, a kidnapping and a hurricane happen. Mo and Dale attempt to solve the murder and the kidnapping and get into all sorts of mischief along the way.

The mystery keeps you guessing until the very end. And not everything works out quite as expected. There are some potentially dark elements in this story, but Turnage does an excellent job of keeping them light and not dwelling on the dark parts. There is a bit of violence. But there is no cussing, no sex, no drugs--so in every other way this is a clean, clean, clean story which is a wonderful rarity even in a junior novel.

Not everything is perfect about this book, but five stars for good writing and a riveting book. This book is advertized for grades 5 and up. This is a good grade range although the characters are sixth graders.

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Jun 26, 2014

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It was just bad timing when you get right down to it. Dale just wanted to borrow Mr. Jesse’s boat for a little fishing and his best friend Mo LoBeau would have accompanied him if she hadn’t been working the town’s only café while her two guardians (the elegant Miss Lana and the amnesia-stricken Colonel) were unavailable. Then Mr. Jesse offered a reward for the boat, and that seemed worth taking advantage of. That was before he ended up dead. Caught inadvertently in the middle of a murder mystery, Mo decides to help solve the crime, hopefully without making Detective Joe Starr too angry in the process.


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Dec 17, 2014

Violence: Domestic abuse


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- “I wouldn’t say stole . . . But I did borrow it pretty strong.”

- “By 7:30 half the town had crowded into the café and rising seventh grader Skeeter McMillan – tall, slender, freckles the color of fresh-sliced baloney – had claimed this counter’s last spot.”

- “The stranger looked slow around the café, his eyes the color of a thin winter sky.”

- “Miss Lana’s voice is the color of sunlight in maple syrup.”

- “Mr. Li started Karate Night at the café two years ago . . . I enjoy kicking others but would do better in an art that allows spitting.”

- “I used to think Dale was clumsy. Then I realized he only got clumsy when Mr. Macon took drunk.”

- “My voice is like a turkey gobble crammed in a corset, but nobody’s told me to stop singing, and I ain’t shy.”

- “Dale can choose not to worry like he chooses not to wear socks. Miss Lana says I have more of a Jack Russell brain. I think things apart for sport.”

- “I never forgive. I like revenge too much.”

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