Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

In YA Book Reviews on June 3, 2013 at 2:35 am


This Newberry Honor historical fiction book takes place in the Depression Era, definitely an era where times were tough, but so is Turtle, the narrator of this story. Her mother is a housekeeper, and when she takes a job with a woman who does not like kids, she sends her daughter to her sister’s family in the Florida Keys – relatives Turtle has never met. Florida’s like nothing Turtle’s ever seen before. It’s hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure and a surprise run-in with Ernest Hemingway! Before she knows what’s happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she’s spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. Filled with adventure, humor and heart, Turtle in Paradise is an enjoyable read that both boys and girls with like.


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