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Puffin 12/31/2013. New paperback. 2013 SIBA Young Adult Book Award Winner. Store pick: Moses LoBeau washed ashore in a small NC town during a hurricane 11 years ago, and while she makes every attempt to find her 'Upstream Mother', she's mostly happy with her life with the Colonel and Miss Lana. When a detective shows up asking questions, and a neighbor winds up dead, Mo takes it upon herself to find out what's really going on in a town where everyone knows everything about everybody, and family is the most important thing you can have. Mo's optimism, wit, and spunk will inspire readers of all ages. -Melissa O., store employee Newbery Award Honor Book.
A Newbery Honor Book"An irresistible Southern narrator--a literary descendant of Scout Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird." --Newsday 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 caf owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous caf 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. Look for all the Mo & Dale Mysteries: The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, The Odds of Getting Even, and The Law of Finders Keepers
* "A wickedly awesome tale...Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children's fiction."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Turnage's lively novel features a distinctive voice and a community of idiosyncratic characters."--Booklist, starred review * "Here is a writer who has never met a metaphor or simile she couldn't put to good use."--Publishers Weekly, starred review