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SUMMARYRising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous cafée hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

Character"Miss Lana says her life's a tapestry. Mine's more of a crazy quilt stitched together with whatever happened to be at hand." Miss Moses LoBeau, Rising 6th Grader

Tupelo Landing, NCPopulation 148

ConflictMo is a girl who has a loving, albiet unconventional, family whom she loves but struggles with the knowledge that this is not her biological family. She constantly tries to find her "Upstream Mother", while trying to live a normal life in a not so normal surroundings."The Colonel and Miss Lana are the closest thing to family I've got. Without them, I wouldn't have a home. I probably wouldn't even have a name. I a bereft of kin by fate, as Miss Lana puts it."

Point of View"I was born eleven years ago, during one of the meanest hurricanes in history...Some say I was born unlucky that night. Not me. I say I was three times lucky.""I studied (Miss Lana)'s parents' faces: strong faces, with eyes that peered straight into my heart. I wondered if my own people would look into my heart too." "As I watched (Colonel and Miss Lana) together, my earth found it's axis and my stars found their sky."

The Relationship BetweenMoses LoBeau and Dale Earnhardt Johnson III"Dale grabbed my arm. "Don't open up today, Mo. Please? Let's go fishing. "...I sighed. "I can't, Dale. Not today." "Tomorrow, then." He grinned, grabbing the CLOSED sign and flipping it to OPEN. Dale's my best friend. By now, you can see why.""Mr. Macon smirked. "Dale won't help you. He's a coward. That did it. I (Mo) kicked with all my might - ...sending a perfect round kick to the side of his knee....The first shot rang out...I turned. Dale stood by the settee, face pale, Miss Rose's shotgun pointed square at his father's heart."

Mo's TransformationIn the beginning of the book, Moses LoBeau was a responsible young girl doing whatever it took to help out her "adoptive" family run their cafe while doing things she enjoyed with her best friend, Dale. As tragedy struck her town and eventually her family, her sense of responsibility grew even more as she took on the duties of trying to solve a murder and a kidnapping. Her focus went from concern about her "Upstream Mother" to concern about her present family and her "extended family" within Tupelo Landing. Mo grew by finding out that what is present sometimes is the most important thing in life, not what you don't have.

MoodOptimistic"I'd say I was three times lucky!"

ThemeHome and family are what you make out of them. After Mo discovers that her Upstream mother will never come home she realizes that her home and family are right here in Tupelo Landing with the Colonel and Miss Lana. " It's good to be home."



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