Monday, February 10, 2014

Shelia Turnage You Say?! YAAAAAY!!!!!

 Boswellians Hannah and Mel talk about how much they love Shelia Turnage and her hot-off-the-presses sequel to Three Times Lucky: The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
Dear Ms. Turnage: Can we please be in your club? We want to hang out with you!
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Mel: Hannah, go find your favorite quotes from Three Times Lucky because I just finished The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing and we're blogging our fav lines!

Hannah: Oh yeah, what'd you think of it? 

Mel: It had all the good stuff of Three Times Lucky, but with a paranormal twist! There were some funny quotes: (as Mel remembers it) "The truth is like spandex.  At first it doesn't seem like it would be a good fit but then you have to put it on and wiggle around a bit." Something like that anyways. I remember "truth," "spandex," and "wiggle."

Hannah: I love Mo.  I think we were both like her as kids, sassy and not afraid to state our opinions.

Mel: My family nickname is Mo, but she's way more brave than I ever was growing up. I like that she and Dale are friends and that Harm comes along and is also friends with Dale and Mo doesn't fight with him about it. It's good to see young girls friends with young dudes--and sharing friends--in middle grade fiction.  

Hannah: Yeah, usually the girl gets her panties in a knicker. 
Mel: Do you mean she gets her knickers in a twist?

Hannah: I suck at idioms!

Mel: I feel like there's someone in Tupelo Landing who would say "gets her panties in a knicker." Prolly Miss Lana. No--Grandmother Miss Lacy. I like how Mo says that she's built like a rollerderby queen. And then she says one of your favorite lines--

Hannah:--one that'd make a great t-shirt: "Puberty happens."

Mel: I want to make tons of Turnage-phrase shirts.

Hannah: Like "turn of phrase," but "Turnage-phrase?"

Mel: Heck yeah! So, does Mo have a crush on Harm at the end?

Hannah: Well Harm definitely has a crush on her.  I think it's more that she tolerates his presence on behalf of Dale.  Mo is still in love with Lavender. I like that Lavender is nice to her about it. 

Mel: And Lavender dances with her! I totally have a crush on Lavender.

Hannah: Duh--everyone does. That's one thing I liked about The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing.  I think every character had more depth added with this novel.  I want to spend a lot of time with them.

Mel: Yeah, we know more about the town and the people who live there. It's way more fun than Faulkner, this Turnage-ian town-as-character motif. I can't wait to meet Sheila Turnage. Boswellian Pam sat next to her at an author dinner and said she's a lot of fun.

Hannah: I can't wait to worship at the feet of her awesomeness.

Mel: Maybe we can set up an outdoor scene in the back of the store. Have the event in a gazebo or treehouse set-up. Do you think Daniel will let us do that?

Hannah: Only if we have real, live trees. And NO animals. Sorry Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Isaac Newton!

Mel: Or maybe we could go with a haunted dance. Everyone wears a costume, and dances, and, well, there's a ghost...?

Hannah: There's a ghost in Boswell.

Mel: I wonder if our ghost has a crush on anyone... I wish we could ask the Desperado Detective Agency over to do an investigation in the bookstore. 

Hannah: That'd be cool! We could be junior Desperados!

Mel: And I wonder if Shelia Turnage has a logo made for the Agency. If so, I'd like ten t-shirts of it, please!
Hannah: And buttons!

Mel: And knee-socks!!




And so, the Boswellian Book-tective Agency begins with another fantastic read brought to you by Newbery Honor-Winning author, Shelia Turnage, and ends with cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes to be exact. Don't miss your chance to talk Turnage and ask a zillion questions about your favorite characters when Shelia Turnage comes to Boswell Book Company on Wednesday, February 19th at 7 PM
It's going to be a LOT of FUN*!!

*(Especially if you bring chocolate cupcakes)

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