Three Times Lucky (Prebound)
Summer 2012 Kids' Next List
“With its small-town setting, quirky characters, and mystery-laden, fast-paced plot, Three Times Lucky is a wonderful novel for middle readers. That's to say nothing of 11-year-old Moses LoBeau, who is, for my money, the most winning heroine of any book -- children's or adult -- that I've read in years. Turnage deserves all the praise she's sure to get for this book, and then some. Simply a great read!”
— David Mallmann, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
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 cafe owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous cafe 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.
About the Author
Sheila Turnage's strong Southern voice rings true, having grown up on a tobacco farm in Eastern North Carolina. She has written nonfiction for adults: "Haunted Inns of the Southeast "(John F. Blair, publisher) and "Compass American Guides: North Carolina," editions 1-5 (Random House/Fodors); and one picture book, "Trout the Magnificent "illustrated by Janet Stevens (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich). Her work, which often has a distinct Southern flavor, has also been published by" Southern Living," "American Legacy," "Our State," "The International Review of Poetry," "Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts," and many others. This is her first novel.