Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm (Random House, 2010)

July 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

Eleven year-old Turtle is sent to live with her Aunt, Uncle and four, unruly male cousins in Key West, Florida, during the summer of 1935, after her single mother finds employment as a live-in housekeeper for a family who doesn’t like children.  Turtle’s eldest cousin of the same age, and his buddies are scoundrels.  Fortunately, she is resilient, observant and wise beyond her years. As the only female in the “hood,” Turtle is savvy enough to walk a fine line to fit in, and maintain her integrity.  Many obstacles and suspenseful adventures await her throughout this coming-of-age story.  Some are comical.  Some are dangerous.  Along the way she manages to outlast and outsmart the boys.  She matures beyond the reader’s expectations, while uncovering some surprising and life-changing family secrets.   This powerful book inspired by stories and
folklore from the author’s great-grandmother and her family will beguile readers.  Ages 9-12
J, R*—Anne Beier  (Hendrick Hudson Free Library)

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