Three Times Lucky (Mo & Dale Mysteries)

Book 1 of 4 in the Tupelo Landing Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 8W3.962217
Newbery honor winner, New York Times bestseller, Edgar Award Finalist, and E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor book.

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.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on May 10, 2012 by Dial Books
ISBN-10: 0803736703
ISBN-13: 9780803736702
239 Book Reviews
  • greeniextea
    greeniexteaalmost 2 years55 stars
    I really like mysteries set in a Southern time. So, Moses Lobeau, who washed up after a hurricane, is on ing with Colonel and Miss Lana.
    • satwikagejara
      satwikagejaraover 2 years55 stars
      The main character is Mo. Her full name is Moses LoBeau and she is an orphan who is raised by Miss Lana and Colonel LoBeau. She was born during a hurricane and her mother tied her to a billboard that said Cafe Prospector. At the same time, the Colonel was driving in the hurricane and crashed into a tree and lost his memories as she came in on the billboard and bonked him on the head. Miss Lana asked around about whose baby it was for eleven years and they still haven't found her. Now, Mo is eleven years old and her best friend is Dale Johnson, and she knows how to hold the cafe on her own. One day, Detective Joe Starr comes into town with Deputy Marla, looking around for the murderer of Dolph Andrews. Soon after, Jesse Tautam, a stingy customer, turns up murdered too. Mo’s parents are kidnapped and Mo now dedicates herself to solving the case and finding her parents. In this book, there are lots of new vocabulary. I also adored the time this story took place. The author beautifully wove the traits of the characters and made them lovable. I definitely would recommend this book to other middle schoolers.
      • booksfor3ver
        booksfor3verover 2 years44 stars
        I think Mo is pretty... uh weird? I mean, who thinks your teacher can't wear shorts and has no social life? But overall, this is a great book! I've read it a lot of times. I mean, though it is very action packed, Mo can be a bit DENSE sometimes so it makes me a bit frustrated. Thanks for reading!, bookworms4ever
        • imunicornlover1
          imunicornlover1over 2 years55 stars
          • danny 10about 3 years
            it is awesome
            • natureboy
              natureboyover 3 years55 stars
              I totally recommend this book it is one of my favorites. It is a very intense mystery and you will love it. I could never stop reading once I picked it up!
              • armcginn
                armcginnover 4 years44 stars
                This book was well... OK ,it could have been a better it was probably my least favorite book I have read through Dogo Books this summer, I found it disappointing, I was hoping for a lot more excitement and adventure, I found this book dull and boring.
                • ajg16
                  ajg16over 4 years44 stars
                  Mo (Moses) LeBeau is your average sixth grade girl, except 11 years ago in the worst hurricane in history and washed up in North Carolina. She has been raised by The Colonel and Miss Lana this entire time. All Mo wants is to find her upstream Mother , people in her little town are very kind and throw messages in bottles when they leave town of other little outings. But when a cranky man in town shows up dead...(murdered) Mo and her best friend Dale solve the biggest mystery yet. Great book I think a part 2 would be cool. Thanks for reading -Ajg15's Reviews
                  • jwarne
                    jwarneover 4 years55 stars
                    After reading this I wanted to be a Desperado Detective! I would be Mo, though, because she was the funniest and the leader. This book was so funny. I didn't want Mo to find her upstream mom because I love her family the way it is.
                    • auntieb
                      auntiebover 4 years44 stars
                      Three Time Lucky is a book about a girl named Moses -aka Mo- who was washed ashore onto Tupelo Landing by a hurricane 11 years ago. This book is about the murder that happens at Tupelo Landing the Colonel's true identity and Mo's upstream mother!