One of the funniest juvenile mystery novels ever. Moses LoBeau – she’s a girl, call her “Mo,” please – was washed up on the shore of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina as a baby, after a great hurricane. She was taken in by Miss Lana and the Colonel (he doesn’t know where he’s from either) who run a little diner. It’s summer and Mo calls herself a “risin’ 6th grader.” Life is mostly fun for Mo with her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III and all of the odd people in the town --- all of whom seem to eat at the diner. She is in love with Dale’s older brother, Lavender (yes, there’s a story in the name), who is a 20-year old mechanic into stock car racing. (It is North Carolina, after all.) But she is also obsessed with writing journal entries to her “Upstream Mother” – the woman she imagines to have lost her in the hurricane.

Suddenly the town’s crankiest resident and worst tipper is found murdered, with Dale being the only person seen nearby at the time. Now the Colonel has disappeared and other people are missing. Can two 12 year old detectives solve the mystery and help Mo find her place in the world along the way? Great Southern characters and a charming voice for Mo bring the story to life. Perfect for reading aloud, if you can stop laughing long enough to read.

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