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Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
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Feb 08, 11

bookshelves: newbery-nominees-and-winners, children-s-reads, read-in-2011
Read from January 10 to February 07, 2011

2011 Newbery Award Honor Book

Turtle is a girl of about ten, who is sent to live with her relatives in the Florida Keys while her mother works as a housekeeper for a lady who doesn't like kids. Turtle didn't really know much about her family before being sent to live with them, and remains slightly by them as she gets to know them. Turtle is not the only one with a nickname in her family--her cousins are named Beans, Kermit & Buddy; their friends are Pork Chop,and Too Bad. The boys (except for Too Bad) run a baby-sitting service called the Diaper Gang, as Beans has invented a cure for diaper rash. Their adventures are fun, and include tick-tocking, pirate treasure hunting and a hurricane (Turtle's first).

Recommended (4 1/2 stars); I liked this book better than Moon Over Manifest, which won the 2011 Newbery Award.
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