2013 Newbery Honor Book Ever since she washed ashore as a baby during a hurricane, Mo LoBeau has made her home in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, with the Colonel, a café owner with a forgotten past of his own, and Miss Lana, the café's glamorous hostess. Mo hopes to someday find her "upstream mother," but until then, she's happy helping the Colonel and Lana run the Tupelo Café, and going on adventures with her best friend, Dale. Then a lawman comes to Tupelo Landing to investigate a murder. When it seems like Mo's loved ones might be implicated in the crime, she and Dale decide to use their own detective skills to solve the case. Soon the friends are investigating another murder, a long-ago bank robbery, a kidnapping, and the mystery of the night that Mo washed up on shore. Can the Desperado Detectives uncover the truth, before someone else gets hurt? Find out in this wonderful and engaging novel that's full of small-town heart.