Reviews for Three Times Lucky

AudioFile Reviews 2013 March
Michal Friedman's soft Southern accent and enthusiastic tone bring authenticity to the most important facets of this award-winning book--its setting and main character. The engaging heroine is rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau, who lives with the amnesiac Colonel, who fished her out of a flood when she was a baby, and caring Miss Lana, who serves up famed food in a café that keeps the 148 inhabitants of Tupelo Landing coming back for seconds. Friedman not only portrays a large cast of eccentric characters but also gives full expression to Turnage's vivid vernacular and fresh imagery. Friedman's narration depicts Mo's longing to find her mother and the tension of the plot, which involves multiple mysteries as well as complexities in character that sometimes make it impossible tell the good guys from the bad. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

Gr 5-7--Moses was rescued as a newborn during a hurricane in North Carolina by Colonel LoBeau and has lived with him and Miss Lana ever since. Mo is now 12-years-old and continues to look for her birthmother by sending letters in a bottle to be launched by anyone heading upstream. During her quest, she also sharpens her detective skills with her best friend, Dale Earnhart Johnson III, by finding missing cats and bicycles. When Detective Joe Starr comes to Tupelo Landing seeking information about a Winston-Salem murder, Mo's intuition helps to solve that and several other mysteries, many of them in her own life. Narrator Michal Friedman does for this story what the narrators of Moon over Manifest did for the Great Plains. The sounds of the racetrack where Dale's older brother races and the smells in Miss Lana's café come alive via Friedman's storytelling. Sheila Turnage's words and phrases in the novel (Delacorte, 2012) give the narrator a lot to work with, and she does justice to every one of them. From the Colonel's gruff manner to Dale's daddy's drunken slur and Miss Lana's calming tone, each character is consummately voiced. Listeners will hope that there will be more books about Mo. Of special note: every chapter begins a new track, making it easy for interrupted listeners to find their place.--Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston

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