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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheila Turnage Narrator: Michal Friedman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Turnage achieves a wickedly awesome tale of an 11-year-old girl with more spirit and gumption than folks twice her age. Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children's fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Here is a writer who has never met a metaphor or simile she couldn’t put to good use…But it’s Mo’s wry humor that makes this first novel completely memorable.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Turnage’s lively novel features a distinctive voice and a community of idiosyncratic characters.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Quick-thinking and precocious Mo LoBeau is hilarious in this modern-day mystery…This book will leave readers hoping for more books about Mo and her gang.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A dandy mystery…Humor sweetens the mix, making Tupelo Landing a pleasant place to stay for a spell.”

    Horn Book

  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children, 2012
  • Selected for the Summer 2012 Kids' Indie Next List
  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection for Youth
  • Winner of anAudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Fiction in 2013
  • Winner of the 2013 Newbery Honor

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by KrisTina | 2/20/2014

    " Of all the Newbery books for 2012 - this would have been my choice to win it. I loved it. After all, with a sentence like, "My hair turned feral in the heat" how could you not love it? We listened to it - the person who read it did an AWESOME job. It's a great YA book. It got a little cliche (I say this because I compare everything to Okay For Now) but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bridget | 2/18/2014

    " Wonderful! A must read! The main character is smart and adorable. All of the characters are well formed and quirky in what I'm starting to think of as a "southern novel" way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah W | 2/17/2014

    " I'm still thinking this one over. I really liked Mo as a narrator and some of the quirky characters in her little community (That she nicknamed someone Atilla says a lot about her). I'm a bit more conflicted over her friend Dale and some pieces of the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Great Books | 1/26/2014

    " A mystery with all the trimmings including a dead body, a kidnapping or two, missing money, and a man with amnesia. Mo and her best friend Dale become the Desperado Detectives and set out to solve it all. Reviewer 1 "

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