The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

Book - 2014
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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Kathy Dawson Books, c2014.
ISBN: 9780803736719
Branch Call Number: J FIC Turna
Characteristics: 352 pages


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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 19, 2019

Turnage’s first novel, *Three Times Lucky* was my favorite children’s book of 2012. This sequel is just as good. Miss Mo LoBeau (full name “Moses” because she was found in a basket floating down the river) is a 12-year old who wants to be a detective. She and her buddy Dale (Dale Earnhardt Johnson III – this book is set in North Carolina, after all) solved one murder in the past already. Now they are faced with the ghost of a young girl that haunts an abandoned old inn. Miss Lana, the woman who acts as a sort of foster mother to Mo, has bought the inn in an attempt to restore it. Others in the small town wanted to buy it to build condos or a resort. Intrigue abounds. Is the ghost real? Is someone trying to chase away Miss Lana? Will anyone want to be Mo’s date at the grand opening?

The story is very funny and Mo is an original voice in children’s literature. Turnage has a high skill level for character and humor and with her own distinctive sound. There’s plenty of suspense, too. This would be a great read-aloud, as long as you can prevent yourself from choking on the laughter.

Aug 31, 2016

Although I found the first book, Three Times Lucky, a little slow at the start, I didn't feel that way in this book at all. The characters have grown (or grown on me) and the book is a delight.

Jul 19, 2016

If you loved the first book, Three Times Lucky, you will love this book just as much. Funny, and small townish. Great Read.

Jun 05, 2016

Amazing book! Shelia Turnage is a rock star at small towns and characters voice! Enjoyed this book very much!

Jan 14, 2015

In this sequel to Three Times Lucky, Mo LoBeau is up to her usual brand of mischief with Dale as her sidekick. The Tupelo Landing inn is up for auction and the whole town shows up. Several players try to snatch the inn for their own reasons, but Lana wins the day and keeps the inn in familiar hands. The only catch is that the inn comes with a ghost. Mo and Dale, as a part of a history assignment, set out to solve the case of the ghost through interviews and research and plain old snooping. A new kid comes in to town--Harm Crenshaw--who appears to be a black sheep. There are many twists and turns in this story. Red Baker wants the inn, but why? Grandmother Lacy appears to have lost all of her money. Harm Crenshaw's brother keeps showing up in town up to no good. And the ghost has a story. All of these pieces twine together leading to a fascinating conclusion.

One of the things I liked about Three Times Lucky was the way it zipped. I was riveted and couldn't wait to get to the next page. Unfortunately, Turnage wrote about 100 too many pages in this book that caused it to at times seem slow. She added more fancy phrases and too much unnecessary description. I was hoping to learn more about Mo, but actually got less. The author writes book two with the assumption that you have read book one, but if you have not, there are several pieces that will not make sense--such as the letters to her Upstream Mother. Another thing that is missing is character description and development for some of the children. I felt like I started in the middle of a play and somehow missed something.

But other than that, the mystery was interesting (who doesn't love a ghost story?), or should I say mysteries as there are several intertwined. The characters are quirky and at times downright wacky. The story is completely unrealistic, but that is part of what makes it so much fun. If you liked book one, I definitely recommend reading book two. If you haven't read Three Times Lucky, I recommend reading that first as it will make this book make more sense.

Jul 18, 2014

such a good book

Jul 18, 2014

Mysterious and it's a good book. I enjoyed it.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Mo LoBeau and her best buddy Dale are back, this time to solve the mystery of a not-so quiet ghost and its connection to a creaky old inn.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Mo LoBeau and her best buddy Dale are back, this time to solve the mystery of a not-so quiet ghost and its connection to a creaky old inn.
- Betsy Bird

KCLSKidsGenre Mar 28, 2014

Mo and her fellow Desperado, Dale, are back in another humorous tale, this time solving the mystery of the Tupelo Inn ghost. Grades 4-6.

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Jan 14, 2015

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