The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

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Series: Mo & Dale Mysteries Vol. 2   

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Annotation: When Miss Lana accidentally buys a haunted inn at the Tupelo Landing town auction, Desperado Detectives, aka Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale, opens up a paranormal division to solve the ghost's identity before the town's big 250th anniversary bash.
Catalog Number: #79242
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 352 pages
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ISBN: Publisher: 0-8037-3671-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-80197-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8037-3671-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-80197-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013019376
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
In this sweet, laid-back sequel to Three Times Lucky, Mo LoBeau and Dale find themselves in another mystery. When the abandoned Tupelo Inn goes up for auction, Miss Lana and Grandmother Miss Lacy outbid a snippy banker and take ownership of the ramshackle inn, including a strange apparition. Mo's distinctive voice, full of humor and Southern colloquialisms, narrates a tale with many twists and turns.
Kirkus Reviews
With heaps of Southern charm and the homespun humor of a favorite uncle, Turnage presents the spirited follow-up to her Newbery Honor debut, Three Times Lucky (2012). Just as its predecessor did, this sequel shines thanks to Turnage's deft, lyrical language and engaging characters. Mo LoBeau and her Desperado Detective Agency cohort, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, are sixth graders now. When a purportedly haunted historic inn goes on auction and Mo's guardian, Miss Lana, wins the bid, Mo is determined to use her detecting skills to find the ghost. Dale isn't so sure, but Mo is a force of nature when she sets her mind. But Dale fears Mo has gone too far when, in a fit of one-upmanship with her archnemesis Anna "Attila" Celeste Simpson, Mo declares that she and Dale will do a class project on the town's oldest citizen. Turnage crafts a laugh-out-loud scene: "It would mean extra credit," Miss Retzyl points out. "Extra credit looms large with Dale, who specializes in the Recess Arts.... Attila flashed her braces. ‘There isn't anyone older [than Mayor Little's mother], Mo-ron'....My temper popped like bacon on a hot skillet. ‘There is too somebody older....Dale and me are interviewing a ghost.' " Naturally, Mo and Dale learn as much about growing up as they do about spirits from the great beyond. This delightful sequel demonstrates that Tupelo Landing may be even better on a second visit. (Mystery. 10-14)
Publishers Weekly
After solving a murder in their small North Carolina town over the summer, the heroes of Turnage-s Newbery Honor-winning Three Times Lucky -went famous for about a week until the gravity of habit pulled our lives back into regular orbit,- says narrator Mo LoBeau in this equally hilarious sequel. Sixth grade is starting, but who has time to worry about interviewing elderly residents for a history project to mark the town-s 250th anniversary when the dilapidated inn that Miss Lana, Mo-s guardian, just acquired at auction is obviously haunted? One mystery per book is not enough for Turnage, so there-s also buried treasure, a missing moonshine still, impending financial ruin, and strange goings-on in the woods. Not every thread is fully tied off, but the residents of Tupelo Landing are so companionable and Mo so indefatigable (and funny) that readers can only hope those loose ends mean another installment is in the works. 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.- Ages 10-up. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, the Knight Agency. (Feb.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 4&11;6&12; Gr 4&11;6&12;The perspicacious Mo LoBeau is at it again! This companion to Three Times Lucky (Dial, 2012) takes place only three months after the Desperado Detective Agency's first case in Tupelo Landing. Mo and her partner, Dale, are entering the sixth grade and their very first assignment is to interview a town elder. Mo's first thought is an interview with Grandmother Miss Lacy Thornton, but arch-enemy Anna Celeste Simpson (a.k.a. Attila) has dibs on her. Mo blurts out that she and Dale will interview the ghost that is purportedly haunting the inn that her guardian, Miss Lana, impulsively purchased at an auction with Grandmother Miss Lacy as her partner. The whole town is buzzing about their rash purchase so, in typical Mo fashion, the child tackles the rumors, the ghost, and a few other mysteries head-on. 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. Underlying all this fun are more serious themes, including an abusive father doing time, a grandfather involved in an illegal distillery, Mo's absent and unknown mother, and the stunting power of guilt and greed. All of these challenges define Mo's reality, but her unfailing pluck robs them of their sting.&12; Kathy Cherniavsky, Ridgefield Library, CT
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
With heaps of Southern charm and the homespun humor of a favorite uncle, Turnage presents the spirited follow-up to her Newbery Honor debut, Three Times Lucky (2012). Just as its predecessor did, this sequel shines thanks to Turnage's deft, lyrical language and engaging characters. Mo LoBeau and her Desperado Detective Agency cohort, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, are sixth graders now. When a purportedly haunted historic inn goes on auction and Mo's guardian, Miss Lana, wins the bid, Mo is determined to use her detecting skills to find the ghost. Dale isn't so sure, but Mo is a force of nature when she sets her mind. But Dale fears Mo has gone too far when, in a fit of one-upmanship with her archnemesis Anna "Attila" Celeste Simpson, Mo declares that she and Dale will do a class project on the town's oldest citizen. Turnage crafts a laugh-out-loud scene: "It would mean extra credit," Miss Retzyl points out. "Extra credit looms large with Dale, who specializes in the Recess Arts.... Attila flashed her braces. ‘There isn't anyone older [than Mayor Little's mother], Mo-ron'....My temper popped like bacon on a hot skillet. ‘There is too somebody older....Dale and me are interviewing a ghost.' " Naturally, Mo and Dale learn as much about growing up as they do about spirits from the great beyond. This delightful sequel demonstrates that Tupelo Landing may be even better on a second visit. (Mystery. 10-14)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* More tightly focused than Turnage's Newbery Honor book, Three Times Lucky (2012), this absorbing sequel quickly reacquaints readers with the Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, setting and its quirky inhabitants, while introducing a few new characters and another mystery for Mo and her friend Dale (aka the Desperado Detective Agency) to solve. Each question they answer leads to another: Who was the girl whose ghost haunts the dilapidated Old Tupelo Inn, which operated from 1880 to 1938? How did she die? Who killed her? Why does she still haunt the inn? When a sixth-grade history project sends Mo, Dale, and their classmates out to interview elderly residents, the pieces of the puzzle gradually move into place th an occasional nudge from the ghost herself. The intrepid Mo LoBeau, who narrates the story, gives full credit to her best buddy, the occasionally trepid Dale, and slowly warms up to Harm, an initially cocky newcomer whose family history is intertwined with the mystery. The portrayal of Dale's attitude toward his father, now in prison, is handled with sensitivity and perceptiveness. Turnage's ability to create convincing characters and her colorful use of language combine to make this a fresh, droll, rewarding return trip to Tupelo Landing.
Word Count: 67,701
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 10.0 / quiz: 163697 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.2 / points:16.0 / quiz:Q62580
Lexile: 550L
Guided Reading Level: W

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.


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