Monday, October 15, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage--Plus a Giveaway!

Recovering from another awesome (but slightly exhausting) trip--to San Francisco this time for the NCIBA trade show--so the always amazing Deb Marshall is covering MMGM for me. (As always, THANK YOU DEB!!!) And she's chosen to feature a book that I've heard MANY good things about: THREE TIMES LUCKY, by Sheila Turnage.

Here's how the publisher describes it:

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.

Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee. 

And like always, here's Deb explain for herself why all of us need to read this one. Take it away Deb!
Everything the publisher says about this one is so.  Especially so on the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime.   Oh my yes on this. The cast surrounding this plucky kid who knows how to spin a tale, is quirky, funny, cranky, crusty and above all else loveable.  Add to that the following:
  • strong independent middle grade characters who can go off and do things cool things like open and run a restaurant, time laps at a race track
  • not so typical parental figures like the Colonel.  The conversations between Mo and him are priceless. Think soldier to commanding office with a good dose of doing anything for you love thrown in
  • mystery surrounding Mo and the Colonel…who are they, where did they come from? Who is Mo’s Upstream Mother, is the woman even alive?
  • a murder mystery involving one of the locals. A murder that rocks the small community and gets you to wondering could one of them be responsible for it
  • Mo herself. She’s a kind of Anne of Green Gables, Huckleberry, Tom Sawyer, Scout kind of kid who you just want to be friends with.
This book wasn’t on any TBR list of mine. I read it because it is a Cybils Nominee in the Middle Grade (Realistic)Fiction Category. So, yay for the Cybils, I say.

I was curious about what others thought. If you’ve the time, here’s some other reviews, including those from some MMGM folk.  Not a bad debut novel (yep, a debut!) from author Sheila Turnage 

Michelle Mason- Michelle has some great quotes from the book!

And if you’ve a little more time take a listen to why Elizabeth Bird, in the above review says, “A good first page is worth its weight in gold in a children’s novel.” :

Thanks for having me again, Shannon. Good luck to all those who enter the draw and happy MMGM!
Wow, sounds like I definitely need to make time to read this! Thanks so much for the feature, Deb!

In the meantime, I want one of you to have the chance to read it, so I'm giving away a copy to one lucky winner. To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday October 20th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, October 21st. International entries welcome.

For more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*
- Laurisa Reyes is interviewing author Craig Everett--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to enter. 
- Michelle Mason is exploring THE ISLAND OF SILENCE. Click HERE to see why she enjoyed it. 
- Barbara Watson is swept away with THE UNIVERSE OF FAIR--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to see her review.
- Julie DeGuia is highlighting FABLEHAVEN. Click HERE to see why.
- Mrs. Heise is sharing a special guest post from author Amy Fellner Dominy. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Dorine White is sweet on EVERTASTER. Click HERE to see why.  
- Susan Uhlig is sharing a list of time travel book series for kids. Click HERE to see which ones she highlights. 
- Faith Hough is also caught up in THE UNIVERSE OF FAIR. Click HERE to read her thoughts 
- Michelle Isenhoff is happily accepting MICHAELA'S GIFT. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Andrea Mack is cheering for THE LIONS OF LITTLEROCK. Click HERE to learn why she thinks its worth a read.    
- Gabrielle Prendegast has an 8-year-old guest posting for her today, talking about THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIGTIME. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are soaking up the delicious darkness of CORALINE. Click HERE to see what these two middle grade readers thought of it
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is soaring for A SMIDGEON OF SKY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is cheering for THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY. Click HERE for more info.   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome!
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!

- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!

*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time


  1. This one is new to me - sounds like a great story. Thanks!

  2. I have heard so much about this and can't wait to read it! Thanks for the review!

  3. I've heard of this but haven't read it yet. Thanks for the review, I'm going to look for it! I'll have to check out the Cybils nominees.

  4. +JMJ+

    Middle Grade Mysteries are the best! The last Mystery novel I read was also an MG book: The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Doyle. Thanks for the chance to win another one, Shannon! =)

  5. This one is definitely on my TBR pile. Thanks for the review! I have a MMGM link to share focusing on The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis. Thanks so much for the roundup!

  6. I hadn't heard of this one but after that recommendation, it's definitely going on my 'to read' list. Thanks as always.

  7. Great review, Deb. I've heard nothing but good things about THREE TIMES LUCKY. And thanks for the giveaway, Ms. Generous Shannon. Put my name in the hopper please.

  8. Thanks, Deb (and Shannon, you jet-setting author, you). Adding this to my pile. I like your description of Mo. I'm always fond of quirky characters and tales.

    I was tardy getting my message to Shannon. I reviewed A Monster Calls on my blog this morning:


  9. Mm-mmmm! Love me some southern goodness! Thank you for sharing, Shannon & Deb!

  10. Well, obviously I adored this book! I hope it does well in Cybils and have even heard Newbery rumors about it. There's so much to love in it.

  11. I heard Sheila read the first few pages of THREE TIMES LUCKY at the Decatur Book Festival in August. Must pick it up!

  12. Wow. This one really sounds like a winner. It is on my TBR list now. Thanks for running the giveaway. Fingers crossed!

  13. By the way, for those of you reading, I do have a GIVEAWAY on my blog this week of The Year the Swallows Came Early. The link is in the list above.

  14. Great review Deb. I have an ARC so let someone else win.

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  16. Thanks for the synopsis and review of Three Times Lucky, Deb, it does sound like a winner. Please enter my name in the draw for the chance to win.

  17. The South and a mystery? Sounds awesome. Thank you for sharing, adding it to my TBR list right now.

  18. I am hooked! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

    I interviewed Sheila a few weeks ago on Author Turf. Here's the interview, if you're interested.

    Thanks, Shannon!

  19. Count me in thank you. A welcome addition to the book shelf.


  20. I really want to read Three Times Lucky! It is on my list already and I loved Deb's review! It just sounds...amazing! I would love a chance to win! Thanks!

  21. This sounds like one I must try. I love quirky characters and middle graders that get involved in real adventures.

  22. This sounds like a cool book. Great cover! Definitely one I want to read! Thanks for sharing about THREE TIMES LUCKY.

  23. This book sounds different. I like it :D Sigh. I adore MG books. <3 Would love to read this :) Thank you for the chance to win it :D
    Love, Carina

  24. I've been wanting to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!


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