Monday, April 28, 2014

Must Read Monday {4-28-14}

I recently finish Three Times Lucky and I couldn't put it down. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! No wonder it won a Newberry Honor Award. Then while I was at the public library browsing the new book section, I saw that Shelia Turnage had a follow up book called "The Ghost of Tupelo Landing". I got it right away and began reading. The main characters Mo and Dale are very humorous and always end up right in the middle of the action! Both of these books are mysteries and I have a feeling when I share the books with my students they will be fighting over them.

On another note, Three Times Lucky would be a great read aloud or book club book for students grade 4 and up. If I recall correctly there were a few questionable parts in the beginning that might not be appropriate for younger kids. I could be totally wrong though because I read it a few weeks ago.

Description from Amazon for Three Times Lucky:
 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.

Description from Amazon for The Ghost of Tupelo Landing:
The eagerly anticipated followup to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times Lucky

Small towns have rules. One is, you got to stay who you are -- no matter how many murders you solve.

When Miss Lana makes an Accidental Bid at the Tupelo auction and winds up the mortified owner of an old inn, she doesn't realize there's a ghost in the fine print. Naturally, Desperado Detective Agency (aka Mo and Dale) opens a paranormal division to solve the mystery of the ghost's identity. They've got to figure out who the ghost is so they can interview it for their history assignment (extra credit). But Mo and Dale start to realize that the Inn isn't the only haunted place in Tupelo Landing. People can also be haunted by their own past. As Mo and Dale handily track down the truth about the ghost (with some help from the new kid in town), they discover the truth about a great many other people, too.

A laugh out loud, ghostly, Southern mystery that can be enjoyed by readers visiting Tupelo Landing for the first time, as well as those who are old friends of Mo and Dale.

Thanks for stopping by! I love comments and new book suggestions!



  1. Hi Susan! Both those books look great. I'm going to keep an eye out for them in the Scholastic book orders. I'm glad I'm not the only one who makes sure to read every book before I hand it over to my students! A couple other really amazing books I read lately are Grounded and A Dog Called Homeless. Both of them had jaw-dropping climaxes!

    Ladybugs Lounge

    1. I'll be sure to check them out! I'm always on the hunt for new books :)