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Junior Library Guild Selection

Best Juvenile Fiction, 2016. American Association of University Women - NC

The Odds of Getting Even

by Sheila Turnage

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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.

“Turnage continues to delight with her mix of homespun humor, well-plotted mystery, and delicious characterization.” – Kirkus, starred review  

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

Want signed copies of The Odds of Getting Even? Here's how to find them!

#1. Visit me in a bookstore – or check with bookstores I’ve visited to see if they have some left in stock.     

#2. Because Quail Ridge Books & Music is near my home, they keep signed copies in stock. Check their website for more information!  www.quailridgebooks.com

#3. Barnes & Noble in Greenville NC stocks signed copies too! You can reach them at 252-321-8119.

© 2013 Sheila Turnage, Inc.

“Another rewarding adventure…narrated by Mo in her distinctive, imaginative voice. The writing lulls you with laughter, then occasionally blindsides you with unexpected tenderness.” - Booklist, starred review

“The mystery is well crafted, with fast pacing; readers will gallop through the nonstop action to a satisfying conclusion.”  

“A must-read for fans of the first two volumes, and a rewarding adventure all on its own.”  

- School Library Journal

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Best Children's Book of 2015 List - Miami Herald, News and Observer and others