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© 2013 Sheila Turnage, Inc.

Three Times Lucky

by Sheila Turnage

Meet Miss Moses LoBeau, rising sixth grader, borderline straight-A student, and natural born detective. Mo, a “possible orphan” who washed into Tupelo Landing NC the day she was born, looks forward to a lazy summer. She’ll take karate with her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, continue her search for her long-lost mother, and help out at the café operated by the Colonel and Miss Lana – the good-hearted but quirky folks who took her in when she was a baby.  

But when the café’s crankiest customer turns up dead and a city-slick lawman comes to town, Mo’s life in Tupelo Landing turns upside down. Mo and Dale set out to solve the murder and protect the people they love, and end up solving the mysteries of their own lives in the process.  

  

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

by Sheila Turnage

Miss Mo LoBeau – half of the (probably) world famous Desperado Detective Agency – is back! Mo and Dale went famous for about a week after solving a murder in Tupelo Landing, NC – population 148 minus one (murder.) Now sixth grade has started, and for Mo and Dale it’s back to being regular.  

Regular doesn’t come easy to a girl like Mo.  

So when her beloved Miss Lana accidentally buys an inn with an unidentified ghost in the fine print, Mo’s eager to take the case. It’s a case full of tough questions: Who’s haunting the old inn? And why? And will interviewing a ghost land Mo and Dale some extra credit in history?  

The Desperado Detectives set out to solve their second big case – only to find out the inn might not be the only thing in Tupelo Landing that’s haunted by the past.  

With some unexpected help from the slick new kid in town – Crenshaw, Harm Crenshaw (as in Bond, James Bond) – Mo and Dale discover the truth about a lot of things.  

Even themselves.  

  

The Odds of Getting Even

by Sheila Turnage

Mo and her best friend, Dale—cofounders of the (probably) world-famous Desperado Detective Agency–know trouble as sure as they know the streets of Tupelo Landing, NC. But when they head to court as star witnesses against Dale’s no-good daddy - confessed kidnapper Macon Johnson - they face a new brand of trouble.

Mo can’t wait to get even with Mr. Macon for hurting the people she loves.  But Dale’s having second thoughts about testifying against his father.  The Colonel and Miss Lana, Mo’s family-of-choice, predict a slam dunk conviction - if everything goes as expected.

Of course nothing goes as expected and life in Tupelo Landing starts spinning sideways—fast. In no time flat the town’s in lockdown, Macon Johnson’s on the run, and Dale’s brother’s life soon hangs in the balance.

The Desperado Detectives, with intern Harm Crenshaw in tow, take on their toughest case yet. One they’d never want in a million years.


Good thing Mo’s always been lucky.

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BIO

Sheila Turnage is from eastern North Carolina, just like Miss Moses LoBeau, the narrator of Three Times Lucky. Her first novel for children, Three Times Lucky, is a Newbery Honor winner, a New York Times bestseller, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, and an Edgar Award finalist. Her award-winning follow-up books include The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (New York Times Bestseller) and The Odds of Getting Even (Junior Library Guild Selection, AAUW-NC Juvenile Fiction Award). The Mo & Dale Mysteries have been translated into many languages, including Swedish, Chinese, French, and Korean.


Sheila is also the author of two nonfiction adult titles: Haunted Inns of the Southeast and Compass American Guides: North Carolina, as well as one picture book, Trout the Magnificent illustrated by Janet Stevens.  The fourth Mo & Dale Mystery, The Law of Finders Keepers, is in the works!

  

KUDOS!

Three Times Lucky

New York Times Bestseller

2013 Newbery Honor

Edgar Award Finalist

E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book

A Best Book of the Year: The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and more

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing  

New York Times Bestseller

Bookpage: “Most Anticipated Children’s and Teens Books of 2014”

Best Book of 2014 - Washington Post

Five starred reviews!  Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews Bookpage, and School Library Journal

Finalist: SIBA Best YA Book of 2014, Bluebonnet Award

The Odds of Getting Even

“As always, Turnage's tale is full of heart and perfect for reading on a front porch.”  Kirkus – starred review.  

Junior Library Guild Selection

Best Juvenile Fiction Award, UUAW/NC

Best Book of the Year List, Miami Herald and others.

GO MO AND DALE!