I liked this book so much because Mo (Miss Moses LoBeau) is such a feisty, determined and loyal young girl. She has her own life problems such as her ongoing search for her mother and the mystery of her arrival at Tupelo Landing but she is also determined to protect the people who love her especially when a murderer is on the loose.
"Trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing at exactly seven minutes past noon on Wednesday, the third of June, flashing a gold badge and driving a Chevy Impala the color of dirt. Almost before the dust had settled, Mr Jesse turned up dead and life in Tupelo Landing turned upside down. As far as I know, nobody expected it."
Here is a detailed review by Anita Silvey. Here is a treat - you can see other possible covers by Gilbert Ford. Finally here is an interview with the author.
If you enjoy books with strong characters you might also enjoy Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and When you reach me by Rebecca Stead.
Turnage achieves a wickedly awesome tale of an 11-year-old girl with more spirit and gumption than folks twice her age. Mo LoBeau is destined to become a