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Endowed Lecture: Sheila Turnage

Monday, February 03, 2020 7:30 p.m.

Cole Hall

Sheila Turnage is the author of Three Times Lucky, which received a Newbery Honor in 2013,  The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, The Odds of Getting Even and The Law of Finders Keepers. 

Sheila Turnage is from eastern North Carolina, just like Miss Moses LoBeau, the protagonist from the Mo & Dale mystery series that began with Three Times Lucky.  Three Times Lucky is a Newbery Honor Book, a New York Times bestseller, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, and an Edgar Award finalist. It has been nominated for nineteen state awards, and has been published in seven languages besides English.  Her follow-up book, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, also a New York Times bestseller, received five starred reviews and was a SIBA Winter 2014 Okra Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection. Its state award nominations include the Texas Bluebonnet Master List.  Mo’s third mystery, The Odds of Getting Even, a Junior Library Guild selection, won the AAUW-NC Juvenile Book Award in 2017 and received two starred reviews.  Turnage’s 2018 book The Law of Finders Keepers was named an Okra Pick for best southern fiction by SIBA, it was name a Junior Library Guild selection, and it earned three starred reviews.

Sheila Turnage is also the author of two nonfiction books, and of Trout the Magnificent, a picture book (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.)  Her articles have been published by Southern Living, American Legacy, and The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, among many others. Sheila lives on a farm in eastern North Carolina with her husband Rodney Beasley, their dog Callie, and numerous farm animals, including way too many ducks.  She’s currently writing a new novel set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to be published by Penguin Random House in the very near future.