Monday, April 9, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Three Times Lucky (and ARC giveaway)

The winner of my hardcover of Summer on the Moon is:
Gina Carey!
Yay! Email your mailing address to: barbarawatson94(at)gmail(dot)com

 Now, for today's feature . . .

This sweet gem of a novel, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, is a murder mystery and beautiful story woven into one (how is that even possible?), and I don't think I've read anything quite like it. Honestly. And with a main character named Mo LoBeau who has a best friend named Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, you can tell it's loaded with personality. It doesn't release until May 10, 2012, but I'm giving away my ARC to one of you!

The premise: Eleven-year-old Mo, salvaged from a hurricane by the Colonel when she was just a baby and raised by the loving Miss Lana, has spent her entire life in the small town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. When a detective shows up asking questions about a murder, Mo knows she has to do everything she can to save those she loves.

What keeps readers reading: The marvelous mystery. It keeps you on your toes--beginning, middle and end. Add in the quirks of small town living and a small girl who stands biggest when she's cornered, and this book is purely magical.

What I loved: Mo's pluck and the way Sheila Turnage took everything middle graders care most about--family, friends, and home--and blended those with murder and mystery. Three Times Lucky stays on your mind and in your heart long after you read the last page.

To enter a drawing for my ARC (which I won from Myrna Foster!), please comment on this post by Sunday, April 15th, by 8pm CDT. International entries welcome. Winner announced on Monday, April 16th. Check my Middle Grade Monday tab or Shannon Messenger's links for more middle grade recommendations.

Happy middle grade reading!

26 comments:

  1. LOve the cover! And I'd love to read this one...and win!:)

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  2. Sounds like a good read. And I've been enjoying reading mysteries lately. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. You've convinced me. "You don't think you've read anything like it." Now I must read it. Thanks for the giveaway! (Love the cover, btw.)

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  4. This books sounds incredible! Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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  5. Sounds like a book with a lot of character and heart. Thanks for sharing, and have a great week!

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  6. I was looking at this on amazon and thought it ooked very good. Can you compare it to anything?

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    1. It's so unique and perfect; I can't compare it with anything (but I would say that about most books--they are just themselves)!

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  7. I remember seeing this on another blog not long ago! Crossing fingers so I can win. Thanks for this enthusiastic feature.

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  8. Sounds wonderful. Just added it to my reading list. :)

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  9. I want to read this one so bad! That cover is so fun and just seems to set a good tine for the book!

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  10. +JMJ+

    A murder mystery for Middle Grade readers? I love and have read my share of Detective Stories with young protagonists, but this is the first one for tweens I've come across based on an actual murder. It would be great to see how this works out. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. =)

    PS -- I'm a new follower!

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  11. It sounds very cool. I would love to read a middle grade murder mystery. How neat that you won an ARC!

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  12. This sounds like my kind of book - love those names!

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  13. Looks pretty cool. I love a good MG mystery and they seem pretty hard to find.

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  14. Lots of enthusiasm for this one! Yay! It's so much of what I love that I'll be purchasing a hardcover of it from my favorite local indie store--Wild Rumpus Books.

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  15. I'm not much for this cover image, but the small town flavor sounds right up my alley.

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  16. Thanks for the suggestion. It sounds like something some of my neices and nephews would like.

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  17. As a bayou/ghost/mystery writing girl myself, this sounds like a book right up my alley! Thanks, Barbara!

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  18. If it weren't for Middle Grade Mondays, I'd be clueless about what's out there for my kids. :)

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  19. This books sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing your review. Hoping I win (cross fingers, knock on wood).

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  20. Wow you keep coming up with these great MG books I want to read! (well I guess that's the point of Marvelous Middle Grade Monday).

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  21. I love a good book with a mistery! I would have loved this as a child!

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  22. Hurray! I'm so glad you're sharing it!

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  23. This sounds like a fun read, and I love mysteries. I will definitely add to my to-read list!

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  24. This books looks like a great read with lots of adventure and intrigue. And the cover is great!

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  25. I love learning about great MG books on your blog! And this one is no exception. :)

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