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ISBN13: 9780375836909
ISBN10: 037583690x
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In Jennifer L. Holm's New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning middle grade historical fiction novel, life isn't like the movies. But then again, 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple. She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it's 1935 and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida to live with relatives she's never met. Florida's like nothing Turtle's ever seen before though. It's hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure! 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 instant classic both boys and girls with love.

Includes an Author's Note with photographs and further background on the Great Depression, as well as additional resources and websites.

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews:

"Sweet, funny and superb."

Starred Review, Booklist:

"Just the right mixture of knowingness and hope . . . a hilarious blend of family drama seasoned with a dollop of adventure."

Synopsis:

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

Synopsis:

In this uplifting companion to Prairie Evers, shy, introverted Ivy must find her footing when her reckless mom turns her world upside down.

 

Ivy has loved living with her best friend, Prairie, and being part of Prairies lively, happy family. But now Ivys mom has decided to take her back. Ivy tries to pretend everything is fine, but her moms neglect and embarrassing public tantrums often make Ivy feel ashamed and alone. Fortunately, Ivy is able to find solace in art, in movies, and from the pleasure she finds in observing and appreciating lifes small, beautiful moments. And when things with her mom reach the tipping point, this ability gives her the strength and power to push on and shape her own future.

Synopsis:

Life isn't like the movies and 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple. She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it's 1935 and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle's mother gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye and heads off to Florida to live with relatives. Florida's like nothing Turtle's ever seen before though. It's full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets to unravel . . . and even a little bit of fun. Before she knows what's happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of her shell and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. Inspired by family stories, three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm blends family lore with America's past, in this charming, gem of a novel rich in history, humor, and the unique flavors of Key West.

About the Author

JENNIFER L. HOLM's great-grandmother emigrated from the Bahamas to Key West in 1897. Jennifer is the  author of two Newbery Honor Books, Our Only May Amelia and Penny from Heaven. She is also the author of several other highly praised books, including Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf, and the Babymouse series which she collaborates on with her brother Matthew Holm. Jennifer lives in California with her husband and two children. You can visit her Web site at JenniferHolm.com.

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Beverly B, March 4, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Turtle in Paradise is a very sweet, funny look at a strong, flawed and loving family in depression era Key West Florida. Turtle arrives to live with the aunt and cousins she's never met and learns that they are quirky, tough and enterprising. While spending her days with her cousins, Turtle discovers a love for adventure, a strong creative work ethic, and the ability to adapt to new surroundings. Turtle, and her cousins, reminded me of Tom Sawyer and Scout Finch - without the dark side of Adventures of Tom Sawyer or To Kill A Mockingbird.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375836909
Author:
Holm, Jennifer L
Publisher:
Yearling Books
Author:
Holm, Jennifer L.
Author:
Airgood, Ellen
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Depressions -- 1929.
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Subject:
historical fiction;family;great depression;key west;florida;treasure;1930s;newbery honor;fiction;depression;friendship;adventure;florida keys;historical;cousins;realistic fiction;newbery;children s literature;children;depression era;hurricanes;ya;moving;g
Subject:
historical fiction;family;great depression;key west;florida;treasure;1930s;newbery honor;fiction;depression;friendship;adventure;florida keys;historical;cousins;realistic fiction;newbery;children s literature;children;depression era;hurricanes;ya;moving;g
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
historical fiction;family;great depression;key west;florida;treasure;1930s;newbery honor;fiction;adventure;depression;friendship;florida keys;historical;realistic fiction;newbery;cousins;children s literature;children;hurricanes;depression era;ya;moving;g
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 208 pages Yearling Books - English 9780375836909 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this uplifting companion to Prairie Evers, shy, introverted Ivy must find her footing when her reckless mom turns her world upside down.

 

Ivy has loved living with her best friend, Prairie, and being part of Prairies lively, happy family. But now Ivys mom has decided to take her back. Ivy tries to pretend everything is fine, but her moms neglect and embarrassing public tantrums often make Ivy feel ashamed and alone. Fortunately, Ivy is able to find solace in art, in movies, and from the pleasure she finds in observing and appreciating lifes small, beautiful moments. And when things with her mom reach the tipping point, this ability gives her the strength and power to push on and shape her own future.

"Synopsis" by , Life isn't like the movies and 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple. She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it's 1935 and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle's mother gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye and heads off to Florida to live with relatives. Florida's like nothing Turtle's ever seen before though. It's full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets to unravel . . . and even a little bit of fun. Before she knows what's happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of her shell and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. Inspired by family stories, three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm blends family lore with America's past, in this charming, gem of a novel rich in history, humor, and the unique flavors of Key West.
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