Questions People Ask Me About Three Times Lucky

The narrator of Three Times Lucky is eleven-year-old Mo LoBeau. She’s funny and smart and a little pushy. Is she you when you were a kid?

No. Mo and I have lots in common, but she’s smarter than I am. And funnier. And better at solving mysteries. 


What inspired you to write this book?

It sounds odd, but the voice of Mo LoBeau inspired me to write Three Times Lucky. She’s such a strong, funny character. And she had such a great story to tell! This happens to writers sometimes – characters in their imaginations will feel so strong they almost insist on being written. So it may seem odd, but Mo inspired her own books.

Who did the art for the cover of Three Times Lucky? 

Gilbert Ford! You can see more of his work by clicking here.


There's an ultra-cool map of Tupelo Landing in the book.

Who did that? 

That ultra-cool piece of art is by Eileen LaGreca, who also designed this website!

Miss Moses LoBeau, rising sixth grader, has plans for the summer.

To hang out with her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III and his dog, Queen Elizabeth II. To help out in the eccentric café run by the Colonel and Miss Lana, who took her in 11 years ago when a hurricane washed Mo into town. To continue her lifelong search for her Upstream Mother. And to research her own life story – which so far is one big fat mystery.

Mo’s summer looks sweet. Until Detective Joe Starr shows up asking too many questions. And cranky old Mr. Jesse turns up dead. And Dale becomes the chief suspect in tiny Tupelo Landing’s first murder. 


Can Mo’s life get any worse?

Yes. And it does. A kidnapping, a car crash, a bank robbery, a hurricane… 

Mo and Dale set out to clear Dale’s name, solving the mysteries of their own lives in the process.


Fortunately, Mo’s always been lucky.

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Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

GREAT NEWS! Three Times Lucky is a Newbery Honor book! Go Mo and Dale!

Want signed copies of Three Times Lucky?  Here’s how to find them.

MORE GREAT NEWS! Mo and Dale’s adventures are headed around the world!  Here’s Three Times Lucky in Swedish and Chinese. Go Mo and Dale!

“[Mo] is so plucky that young readers may wish she lived next door.” – The Wall Street Journal

“An irresistible narrator – a literary descendant of Scout Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird.”  Newsday, Top 12 Children’s Books of 2012

“Mo LoBeau is destined to become a stand-out character in children’s fiction.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

#1. Visit me in a bookstore – or check with bookstores I’ve visited to see if they have left some in stock.    

#2. Because Quail Ridge Books & Music is near my home, they keep signed copies in stock. Check their website for more information!  www.quailridgebooks.com

#3. Barnes & Noble in Greenville NC stocks signed copies too! You can reach them at 252-321-8119.