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Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
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Feb 04, 11

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Read in February, 2011

Life isn't like the movies, and eleven-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 stay with relatives she's never met.

Florida's like nothing Turtle has ever seen. It's hot and strange, full of wild green peeping out between houses, ragtag boy cousins, and secret treasure. Before she knows what's happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she has spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways.

This book is a Newberry Honor book for 2011. It is a very sweet story of a young girl learning about herself and her strenghts. It was really fun to see how the story unfolds and everyone fits together. This book sends a message about the definition of embracing fate and finding meaning in home and family.
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Glenda Wow you read that fast!


Tara It's only 177 pages and pretty good!


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