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Monday, September 10, 2018

The Law of Finders Keepers Blog Tour (review)

The Law of Finders Keepers
(Mo & Dale Mysteries #4) 
By Sheila Turnage 
September 11, 2018 
Kathy Dawson Books 
Source: from pub 

Pirate fever sweeps through the town after an opportunistic treasure hunter shows up looking to lay claim to Blackbeard's lost gold buried somewhere in Tupelo Landing. When the (probably) world-famous Desperado Detectives--Mo and Dale and Harm--are hired by Mayor Little's mother to find the pirate loot for her, and the high-stakes race for riches is on!  But that's not the only treasure hunt in town. Mo LoBeau unearths shocking new clues that may lead to her long-lost Upstream Mother--in the riskiest, scariest, and possibly richest case of her life.  Will Mo find her Upstream Mother? Can the Desperados sidestep Blackbeard's curse and outsmart a professional treasure hunter? Will Dale faint under the pressure of Valentine's Day? Could the stakes be any higher? Yes. With twin treasures hanging in the balance, Mo, Dale, and Harm realize one of them may have to leave Tupelo Landing. For good. 

The Desperado Detectives (sixth-graders Mo, Dale, and Harm) land their two biggest mystery cases yet when pirate treasure fever hits Tupelo Landing and clues about Mo’s upstream mother emerge. The town of Tupelo Landing is abuzz with tales of Blackbeard’s legendary treasure and when a treasure hunter arrives (along with Harm’s mother), the Desperado Detectives are hired by the mayor’s mean mother to find the treasure for her. And Lana and the Colonel decide that Mo is finally old enough to know all the details about her watery arrival in Tupelo Landing, setting her on a long-time coming journey to solve the biggest mystery of them all. Cursed pirate treasure, long lost mothers, and maybe even kissing?! Good thing the probably world-famous Desperado Detectives are so good at their jobs. 

Sheila Turnage returns to her wonderful Mo and Dale Mysteries series with its unforgettable final book, The Law of Finders Keepers. I am a HUGE fan of this series; it’s one of my absolute favorite middle-grade series ever. So, reading this final book was bittersweet, but what a fantastic send off! 

Once again, Turnage weaves a pitch-perfect tale overflowing with heart, humor, and splendiferous southern charm. There’s so much I love about this series as a whole, from the buckets and buckets of clever humor, its twisty mysteries, engaging characters, and its one-of-a-kind setting, and The Law of Finders Keepers has it all. Turnage is a masterful storyteller, with a superb talent for world-building, the middle-grade voice, and character development. Returning to Tupelo Landing, with its quirky people, amusing traditions, and fortunate habit of attracting mysteries, always feels like coming home. I adore this little town and Turnage has done an exceptional job of making it feel real and worth visiting time and time again. And in The Law of Finders Keepers, readers join the Desperado Detectives in their attempt to solve both big mysteries by using their intellect, imagination, and intuition.  

My most favorite aspect of this series is all its unforgettable and never boring characters. Miss Mo LoBeau, who is part Anne Shirley, part Hermione Granger, and a WHOLE lot of Mo, has captured my heart completely. Equal parts determination, lightning fast wit, sass, and kindred spirit, Mo is a true heroine that young readers will adore. Together with endearing Dale and earnest Harm, Mo and her boys make for an irresistible trio.  

Exciting, heartwarming, laugh-out-loud, surprising...The Law of Finders Keepers is all this and more. This is truly a must read series and I’m so excited for all the young readers who will one day discover Mo’s world! 

5/5 Cupcakes

Sheila Turnage is from eastern North Carolina, just like Miss Moses LoBeau, the protagonist from the Mo & Dale mystery series that began with Three Times LuckyThree Times Lucky is a Newbery Honor Book, a New York Times bestseller, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, and an Edgar Award finalist. It has been nominated for nineteen state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Master List, and has been licensed in five countries. Her follow-up book, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, also a New York Times bestseller, received five starred reviews and was a SIBA Winter 2014 Okra Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection. Sheila is also the author of two more books in the Mo & Dale Mystery series, The Odds of Getting Even and The Law of Finders Keepers, and the nonfiction adult books Haunted Inns of the Southeast and Compass American Guides: North Carolina, as well as one picture book, Trout the Magnificent, illustrated by Janet Stevens. 

Blog Tour Schedule
September 3 – Just Commonly – Image Puzzle 
September 4 – Comfort Books – Spotlight 
September 5 – Trissinalovesbooks – Review + Creative Instagram Picture 
September 6 – Ireadtilldawn – Review 
September 7 – Jactionary – Listicle   
September 10 – Word Spelunking – Review 
September 11 – The O.W.L. – Review 
September 12 – Teachers Who Read – Q&A + Classroom Activity 
September 13 – Prose and Khan – Review 
September 14 – YA Books Central – Giveaway 

1 comment:

diego78 said...

Awesome! I am going to add this to my list. I even like such shows a lot. I just finished watching Project Mc2 by Andy Yeatman on Netflix. Also, my little brother and sister also likes to watch these interesting and knowledgeable shows with me. I am so happy my mom introduced me to Netflix.