Monday, September 30, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Three Times Lucky

Today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday pick is not only funny, but also a mysterious murder mystery that takes place in the small town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. My son and I both read it this week at separate times with competing bookmarks. He finished it first and was just dying to spill the ending. Luckily I finished it before he gave anything away!

by: Sheila Turnage
Dial Books for Young Readers 2012

From Goodreads:
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.

Why Kids Will Love It - The humor, adventure and mystery are enough to draw in any middle-grade reader into the story. My son was drawn in from the first chapter and couldn't put it down until all the answers had been revealed. We are both excited for the sequel coming out next year - THE GHOSTS OF TUPELO LANDING.

What I learned as a writer - The mastery of language is what stood out for me in this book. And the way Turnage shared details about the characters was so seamless, the reader doesn't even realize she is doing it. This is a book where the setting is it's own character, without it the book wouldn't be what it became - 2013 a Newbery Honor Book.

Another exciting note - Tomorrow nominations open for the Cybils! If you know of a great children's literature book that has high literary value and "kid appeal" then stop on by and nominate. I thought I would share my fellow panelists for the first round of judging. Check out their blogs for more kidlit fun!
Have a great week!