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Turtle in Paradise

Turtle in Paradise

by Jennifer L. Holm

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 jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. But when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle is forced to head off to Key West, Florida, to stay with relatives she's never met. Florida is like nothing Turtle has ever seen: hot, strange, and full of wild, ragtag boy cousins...and even 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.

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.

2011 Newbery Honor Book

Ages
9, 10, 11
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 6
Grade Level Equivalent
3.4
Lexile Measure
610L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
S
Publisher
RAD - RANDOM HOUSE, INC. (CHILDREN)
Number of Pages
208
Genre
Adventure, Historical Fiction

About the Author

Jennifer L. Holm Jennifer L. Holm is the New York Times bestselling and three-time Newbery Honor Winning author of multiple novels for young readers. With her brother Matthew, Jennifer created the graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish. She lives in California.

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