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|Odds of getting even|
Author: Turnage, Sheila
Desperado Detectives--aka Mo Lo Beau and her best friend Dale, along with newly-appointed intern, Harm Crenshaw--must take on a new case when Dale's daddy goes on the lam just before his trial is about to start.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.10
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 176666
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: 16.0 Quiz: 67215
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/15)
School Library Journal (08/01/15)
Booklist (+) (09/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/16)
The Hornbook (00/11/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2015 Gr 4–6—The third title in the series of clever and funny mysteries set in tiny Tupelo Landing with spunky sixth grader, Mo LoBeau. This tale opens with Mo and her best friends Dale and Harm ready to testify against Dale's felonious father, Macon Johnson, for his part in kidnapping the Colonel and Miss Lana in The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (Penguin, 2014). However, as Mo says, things go sideways, and Macon makes a break for it. There are plenty of high jinks, including a veritable crime spree, with all evidence pointing to Macon, despite Dale's firm belief in his father's innocence in these particular crimes. Turnage's characters continue to grow as they cope with the trials of sixth grade, criminal mischief, and the sometimes opposing loyalties of family and friendship. Themes of fatherhood and retribution wind through the tale, adding an element of gravitas. The writing plays with language, delighting readers with Mo's similes and Dale's malapropisms (which Mo helpfully interprets). The mystery is well crafted and fast paced; readers will gallop through the nonstop action to a satisfying conclusion. VERDICT A must-read for fans of the first two volumes, and a rewarding adventure all on its own.—Gretchen Crowley, Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/01/2015 *Starred Review* What with Dale’s daddy breaking out of jail just before his trial, money stolen from the Creekside Baptist Church, and jewelry taken from a local home, the community of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina (population 148) is decidedly on edge. Kid detectives Mo, Dale, and Harm are on the case, but sorting out leads is as confusing as separating the guilty from the (relatively) innocent citizenry. Meanwhile, Dale mulls over his neighbors’ adoption applications for the puppies his dog will soon deliver, even as his gut response is that no one is worthy. Though the mystery drives the plot, fans of Turnage’s Newbery Honor Book Three Times Lucky (2012), and its follow-up, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (2014), may not work too hard at the whodunit puzzle. Most will simply enjoy rejoining these idiosyncratic, tough-but-vulnerable characters for another rewarding adventure. Branded as a “Mo & Dale Mystery,” this sequel is narrated by Mo in her distinctive, imaginative voice. The writing lulls you with laughter and then occasionally blindsides you with unexpected tenderness. When Dale uncharacteristically makes a remark that hurts Mo, she reacts to his immediate apology with the thought, “His sudden hug pressed into my heart like a child’s hand into clay.” Welcome back to Tupelo Landing. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.