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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.

Advice from Three Times Lucky

  • Stand up straight. (Miss Lana)
  • Nothing's really black and white, except zebras and old movies. (Miss Lana)
  • The insurance industry will be the death of civilization. That?s if the legal system doesn?t suck us under first, which the Colonel says it probably will. (the Colonel)
  • Cops can't figure out much of anything. (pretty much a quote, from the Colonel)
  • Never underestimate the arrogance of the law. (the Colonel)
  • Manners will tell. (Miss Lana)
  • Over-honesty is a sin. (Miss Lana)
  • There's no such thing as coincidence. (Miss Lana)
  • Keeping your interior space neat lets you practice creative chaos in your exterior life. (the Colonel)
  • All the world's a stage. (some guy named Bill, never met him)
  • Sometimes all a leader can do is see which way everybody's going, and try to get in front. (the Colonel)
  • There's nothing like camping out to restore a sense of size. (the Colonel)
  • You rarely have a chance to wear a light blue pump, but when you need one, you need one. (Miss Lana)
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  • A Newbery Honor Book
  • An ALA Notable Book
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • A Kirkus Editor's Choice
  • A Newsday Best Book of the Year
  • A Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year
  • A Bookpage Best Book of the Year
  • James Patterson's Read Kiddo Read Best Books of the Year list
  • Edgar Award finalist
  • SIBA young adult award winner
  • YALSA Teens' Top Ten List Nominee
  • Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth
  • SLJ Battle of the Books
  • Foreign rights licensed in Sweden, Tawain, France, Korea, Turkey.
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Nominated for six state awards
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The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

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.



  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • SIBA Okra Winter 14 pick

The Odds of Getting Even

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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 daddy—confessed 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 conviction—if 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 client—one 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.

About Sheila Turnage

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!

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