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 Colonela café owner with a forgotten past of his ownand 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.
"An engaging, spirit-lifting and unforgettable debut for young readers."
"Here is a writer who has never met a metaphor or simile she couldn't put to good use"
"Turnage's lively novel features a distinctive voice and a community of idiosyncratic characters."
"A novel that hits on all cylinders. Grab it, read it, enjoy it, and find a kid to thrust it upon."
Betsy Bird, Children's Librarian at the NYPL
The eagerly anticipated followup to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times Lucky
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.
The budding detective has clearly taken to heart something her foster mother always emphasizes: 'All the world's a stage, sugar, so hop on up there.'"
"Deft, lyrical language and engaging characters."
"Convincing characters and her colorful use of language combine to make this a fresh, droll, rewarding return trip to Tupelo Landing."
"The perspicacious Mo LoBeau is at it again! Humor and action abound with Mo's saucy commentaries comprising the cherry on top. The story is filled with the sixth grader's colorful, Southern-flavored friends and her equally juicy similes."
School Library Journal
"What a pleasure it is to come across a good friend after a separation, particularly when it is a friend with the sass, zip and intelligence of Mo LoBeau, the hot-tempered 11-year-old foundling whose company we last enjoyed in Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky in 2012."
Wall Street Journal
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Humor and action abound in this second follow-up to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times Lucky
The trial of the century has come to Tupelo Landing, NC. Mo and Dale, aka Desperado Detectives, head to court as star witnesses against Dale's daddyconfessed kidnapper Macon Johnson. Dale's nerves are jangled, but Mo, who doesn't mind getting even with Mr. Macon for hurting her loved ones, looks forward to a slam dunk convictionif everything goes as expected. Of course nothing goes as expected. Macon Johnson sees to that. In no time flat, Macon's on the run, Tupelo Landing's in lockdown, and Dale's brother's life hangs in the balance. With Harm Crenshaw, newly appointed intern, Desperado Detectives are on the case. But it means they have to take on a tough clientone they'd never want in a million years.
For everyone who's already fallen for Mo and Dale, and for anyone who's new to Tupelo Landing, The Odds of Getting Even is a heartwarming story that perfectly blends mystery and action with more serious themes about family and fathers, all without ever losing its sense of humor.
Sheila Turnage lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, their finicky dog, a dozen chickens and a flock of hysterical guineas. In between driving into town for chicken feed and cooking for the dog, she writes novels for middle grade readers. Her first, Three Times Lucky, features Miss Moses LoBeau and Dale Earnhardt Johnson III. It won a Newbery Honor and made the NY Times Bestsellers List. Mo and Dale's second mystery, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, comes out in February and has received four starred reviews.
Still, the chickens are not impressed.
Sheila's currently writing a third Mo & Dale mystery!