Monday, March 21, 2016
by Sheila Turnage
Flap Copy Description:
The trial of the century has come to Tupelo Landing, NC. Mo and Dale, aka Desperado Detectives, head to court as star witnesses against Dale's daddy--confessed kidnapper Macon Johnson. Dale's nerves are jangled, but Mo, who doesn't mind getting even with Mr. Macon for hurting her loved ones, looks forward to a slam dunk conviction--if everything goes as expected.
Of course nothing goes as expected. Macon Johnson sees to that. In no time flat, Macon's on the run, Tupelo Landing's in lockdown, and Dale's brother's life hangs in the balance. With Harm Crenshaw, newly appointed intern, Desperado Detectives are on the case. But it means they have to take on a tough client--one they'd never want in a million years.
When an author takes on a series she always runs the risk of not being able to deliver stories quite as good as the first, especially if it was an award-winning book like Ms. Turnage's Three Times Lucky, which was a Newbery Honor book. However, in both her second book (The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing), and now in this third book in the Mo & Dale Mystery Series, Sheila Turnage delivers big time. The Odds of Getting Even is fueled by high-octane humor, while leading the reader down a road of mystery and adventure. The serious themes of friends, family, and fathers make this middle grade novel more than just a fun ride. I highly recommend this book to readers aged eight to twelve; it would also be a great book for a young teen who is a reluctant reader.
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