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Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, A Newbery Honor Murder Mystery

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, A Newbery Honor Murder Mystery
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, A Newbery Honor Murder Mystery
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, A Newbery Honor Murder Mystery
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, A Newbery Honor Murder Mystery
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, A Newbery Honor Murder Mystery
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, A Newbery Honor Murder Mystery
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, A Newbery Honor Murder Mystery
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, A Newbery Honor Murder Mystery
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Mo comes from an unusual family. Born eleven years earlier in an unknown upstream location to a desperate mother trapped in a hurricane, Baby Mo was tied to a sign that read "CAFÉ" and turned loose to ride the flooded creek like an underage cowgirl. Who was she? Where did she come from? Where was her mother? Could the sign have been "a sign"? No one knew.

Fortunately, a middle-aged man crashed into a tree on her path. Unfortunately, he hit his head in the accident and became disoriented. Fortunately, Mr. Macon Johnson found him the next morning, lying in the mud, holding a new-born baby beside the creek. The battered sign-turned-raft lay beached beside them, but there was no sign of the man's memory. Who was he? Where was he from? Why was he out in a hurricane? No one knew.

Johnson took the man and the baby to a lady in Tupelo Landing where she opened her arms wide to the tiny infant and raised her as her own. All the amnesic man the man could recall was that he had stumbled across a baby wrapped in cloth on a raft, a newborn like one in the Bible who had been set afloat in the reeds, a infant he had consequently named Moses just before he passed out. Together, the lady named Miss Lana and the man opened a café together with separate living quarters facing the creek in back and provided the best home they could for the highly spirited little girl they now called Mo. Their café became a busy meeting place for the small town's eclectic residents.

Then one day, a detective, suspicious-looking himself, stopped at the Tupelo Café to investigate a murder. It was as if the café held its breath. A murder in Tupelo Landing? Who had been murdered? Why? Who could be next? No one knew.

Would the detective even care about grumpy old Jesse Tatum's report of his missing fishing boat? Why did 11-year old Dale who was helping Mo at the café drop the glass when Mr. Jesse reported it? Why would Dale tell the detective that his name was "Phillip"? Can you guess?

What followed was kidnapping, murder, and mayhem glued together with engagingly fishy characters, hysterical dialog, a captivating plot, profoundly important subplots, and the most fascinating, unique figures of speech ever painted into one great book.


This new murder mystery narrated by plucky Mo LeBeau herself has raised the bar for fun and excellence in children's and young adult literature! No gore! Just a trace of blood! You will love its engaging characters and vocabulary that will set your problem-solving mind to bouncing! Its 256-pages of spell-binding events are illustrated with the best, most unique pieces of figurative language ever written! You won't be surprised when the three interwoven stories create memories that spell out "MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER" for even the most reluctant reader!

n addition, busy teachers love the many pages of authentic multiple-choice, short-answer check-ups as well as connected research, and writing prompts connected to real award-winning literature! You can depend on Kids Wings to prepare your students for standardized testing by stimulating, challenging, and stretching their brains instead of lulling them to sleep with boring, mind-numbing drill-and-kill!

The well-deserved winner of a 2012 Newbery Honor Award, Three Times Lucky will bring laughter, suspense, and excitement into your classroom that will have your kids begging expand their vocabularies, predicting what will happen next, vying to be the first to discover "who-done-it," and be ready to face real problems in their own lives with courage and ingenuity.

The Kids Wings Literature guide for Three Times Lucky comes in both PDF and PowerPoint formats. The activities by master teacher Suzy Red include:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
3-Page Choral Reading Script
Creating and Using a Dialectical Journal
Scientific Investigation with The Process Skills Song
Detective Notes
Map Skills: Where in the World is North Carolina
Become a Character! Experience the Fun!
Character Studies
Tracking Figurative Language
5-in-a-Row Vocabulary Logic with Blank 5-in-a-Row Template
9 Grouped Chapters: Vocabulary, Predict-Read-Confirm
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Chapter Check-ups
Visualizing the Text, Draw Your Answer
Collecting and Using Visuals and Text Evidence
Wanted Posters
Crossword Puzzle
The Murder Mystery Motif Logic Puzzle
God: What People in the Story Believe and What I Believe
Research SHOCK
Recall, Analyze, Discuss, and Write About Events in Chapters 25 and 26
Crossword Puzzle: The Climax
Who Done It, Final Thoughts
Research Alcoholism
Family Roles in An Alcoholic's Family, Original Lyrics to a folk melody
The Master Painter, A Fallen Letter Puzzle with a Bonus Advanced Puzzle
Character Poems
The Grand Finale: Classroom Discussion and Debate
Blues and Clues Logic Puzzle
Writing Prompts
Poster Templates for Character Analysis During Reading
Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint format

PLEASE NOTE: Kids Wings materials are written by highly experienced master teachers. We hire professional proof readers who are also master educators. We do our best to be sure each of our literature guides is top quality and error free, and classroom tested, but if you think we can do better, we welcome your input. If you find an error in our materials, please email us at suzy@suzyred.com so we can make corrections. After it is revised, we will invite you to download a newly polished copy and will probably attach a surprise to our reply as a thank-you!

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Total Pages
127 pages
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