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Turtle in Paradise

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Inspired by family stories, two-time Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Holm beautifully blends family lore with America's past in this charming gem of a novel, rich in historical detail, humor, and the unique flavors of Key West.

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.

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About the Author:

Jennifer L. Holm is the author of two other Newbery Honor Books, as well as the Babymouse and Squish series which she collaborates on with her brother Matthew Holm.

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Recommended Age 8 and up
Author Jennifer L. Holm
ISBN 037583690X
Publication Date May 11, 2010
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
Award Winners Newbery Honor
Language English