The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

ghostsoftupeloWritten by Sheila Turnage

“Rising sixth graders” Mo LoBeau and Dale Earnhardt Johnson, III are back in this follow up to the Newbery Honor-winning Three Times Lucky. When Miss Lana (Mo’s adoptive mom) impulsively buys the decrepit Tupelo Inn at an auction, she doesn’t realize the place is haunted. Mo and Dale, now seasoned detectives since they solved a murder and helped find a couple of pets, of course open an investigation to discover the identity of the ghost and reveal the secrets of the abandoned inn, which turn out to be the secrets of the entire town. Mo is as spitfire as ever and still full of clever one liners, and all the other quirky characters are in fine form. It is great to revisit Tupelo Landing, especially with a genuine ghost story. This book was a pleasant surprise, but it seems clear now that we could be getting more mystery tales from Mo in the future, and they will always be welcome.

Review by Joshua Whiting, Granite School District Library Specialist
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4 and Up

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The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
Written by Sheila Turnage
Kathy Dawson Books / Penguin Group
352 pages
Release Date: February 4, 2014
ISBN: 9780803736719 (hardcover)

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