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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

Three Times Lucky was a fun read, a Newbery Honor book in fact, full of great characters.

The sequel-- or perhaps companion is a better fit--THE GHOSTS OF TUPELO LANDING, features the same folks.

 Moses LoBeau is a champion of one-liners.
Like this:

"Few people know it, but waitressing is like deep cover--with tips."

Describing a character, upon his entrance:
"From a distance, I didn't like him. Up close, I liked him less."

And strong verbs, like these:

We slipped into the living room, Queen Elizabeth ticking along behind, and settled on Miss Lana's old curlicue settee.

Also in the good verb list: blasted off and shoved.
Queen Elizabeth's the dog. That's another thing to love about this middle-grade novel. The character names.

And how's this for showing a lot about someone without telling much:
"I crossed to my Salvation Army desk and opened my top drawer. It sticks."

Writers could learn a lot from Sheila Turnage. Check out her website. She might even tell you where you can buy a signed copy!


Sharon Lovejoy said...

It is a good thing when a reader hoots as she scans the words.

Thanks so much,


Carol Baldwin said...

Nice blog and review, Augusta. I'd actually thought last night that I hadn't seen a blog post in my inbox for awhile. Are you happy to be missed?

Carol Baldwin said...

did my last comment take? Not sure. ANyway, enjoyed this review.

Augusta Scattergood said...

Carol- Thanks for noticing! We were in NY/ NJ for Thanksgiving- for a week, right after my long weekend at NCTE. Exciting, good times, but blogging went by the wayside.

And Sharon, I did love so many of the actual words in this book, as well as the fun story!

Rosi said...

Well, I'm going to have to put this one on my TBR list. I love the examples you gave. Thanks for the review.