Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Book Recommendation: THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage

Some books have such pitch-perfect voice that you would follow the characters over a cliff--or in this case, into a hurricane--and not even bat an eye. THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage is one of those.

I first heard about THREE TIMES LUCKY several months ago, when I read Myrna's "Marvelous Middle Grade Monday" review. The premise piqued my interest, but since Myrna had read it as an ARC and I couldn't check it out right then, I promptly forgot about it. Thank goodness I remembered when I saw it in The King's English several weeks ago.

THREE TIMES LUCKY tells the story of Moses "Mo" LoBeau, who blew into a small North Carolina town during a hurricane eleven years before. Mo's a natural-born detective, mostly because she's spent most of her life searching for her Upstream Mother and the other people she belongs to. So when one of her neighbors turns up dead and a real detective pulls into town looking for the killer, Mo isn't about to be upstaged. But she'd better hurry. Another hurricane's a-brewing, and the killer's closing in.

As I already mentioned, I loved, loved, loved the voice. I may be partial to precocious Southern girls, but I'm pretty sure Mo would win anybody over. And the rest of the cast is just as memorable, from her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, whose daddy believes in naming for the famous, to her adoptive mama Miss Lana, who has a fondness for wigs and French accents. THREE TIMES LUCKY doesn't want for larger-than-life personalities.

If you love middle grade, mysteries, or memorable characters who will stay with you long after you turn the final page, you're bound to love Ms. Turnage's MG debut. It is, in a word, delightful.

10 comments:

Barbara Watson said...

This has been one of my favorite reads this year! Like you, I adored Mo's voice; she hooks readers right in.

By the way, I won the ARC Myrna was giving away! Then I gave it away after reading and reviewing it, purchased a hardcover, and reread it aloud with my daughter.

Tara Dairman said...

Ooh, this sounds super-adorable...and in a way, a little reminiscent of SAVVY, maybe? Thanks for the rec, Krista--onto my to-read list it goes!

Myrna Foster said...

Didn't you just love the ending?

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Barbara, THREE TIMES LUCKY is definitely worth owning in hardcover. I read most books through the library, but I would have bought this one after the fact if I hadn't already.

Yeah, Tara, I think SAVVY is a great comp title for THREE TIMES LUCKY. (In fact, if I remember right, Ingrid Law had a blurb on the back cover...) You'll have to let me know what you think!

Myrna, YES. So many people seem to value blood relations over adopted ones, so it was nice to find a book that had it the other way around.

Marcia said...

I DO like MG mysteries, and I'll check this one out.

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Hope you like it, Marcia!

michelleimason said...

I took your recommendation and requested this before I left, so it's waiting for me at the library. I'll cover it on MMGM in a couple of weeks. Can't wait to read it!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Hope you love it, Michelle! It's one of the best books I've read all year.

Myrna Foster said...

I didn't even think about the adoption angle. That's a great point.

Krista Van Dolzer said...

So what about the ending did you love, Myrna?