Published by Dial Books for Young Readers on 05/10/2012
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Middle Grade, Mystery
Newbery honor winner, New York Times bestseller, Edgar Award Finalist, and E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor book.
A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime
Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.
Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.
I’ve been on such a romance kick for most of the year, but I absolutely love middle-grade books. I needed to switch things up a bit, so I decided to listen to the audiobook of Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, a book I had been meaning to read for a year or so. And you guys, Three Times Lucky was such a wonderful book.
Three Times Lucky is about Miss Moses LoBeau, an orphan, of a sort, who was taken in by The Colonel and Miss Lana. I have to tell you that the southern setting of Three Times Lucky just jumped off the page and added so much to the novel.
But even more than the wonderful setting, the characters were amazing. From main character Mo, to secondary characters like Mo’s best friend Dale, and her adoptive parents The Colonel and Miss Lana, to the smallest character, were just so very well developed.
Three Times Lucky is told from Moses’s POV, and that is a real treat my friends. Mo really is the standout. There is just something so wonderful about her. She’s precocious and plucky, and she’s a determined little girl. She’s able to go with the flow pretty well, but there are instances when we see how difficult it is for her to not know who her biological parents are. Some of the things she would say or think were just so perfect for an almost-6th grader. I loved how she would talk about her enemy for life, and Lavender, her best friend Dale’s older brother. Mo would constantly refer to Lavender as the man she will someday marry. Seriously, it was adorable.
The mystery aspect of Three Times Lucky was also brilliant, and so perfect for a middle grade novel. Things never got too dark or gruesome, but Turnage wasn’t making things too “baby” either. Basically I absolutely loved Three Times Lucky and can completely understand why it’s a Newbery Honor Winner.