Turtle in Paradise

by Jennifer L. Holm | Teens |
ISBN: 037583690X Global Overview for this book
Registered by RCOUFan of Woodstock, Georgia USA on 8/10/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by RCOUFan from Woodstock, Georgia USA on Saturday, August 10, 2013
Book Description:

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.

I'm finished reading this book. I gave this book to my mom JennyC1230 to read. She said she wants to read it.

Journal Entry 2 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Saturday, August 10, 2013
I'm planning to read this soon. Thanks RCOUFan!

Journal Entry 3 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Monday, August 12, 2013
My Review: This was a wonderful book! There was a lot of humor and history in this story. The Turtle character was very believable and interesting. I've always had a fascination with Key West, Florida and seeing it through Turtle's eyes in 1935 was a wonderful way to get an idea of life in Key West at that time.

Favorite Quotes:

"Key West disappears behind us, and the ocean spreads out like a glassy blue road."

"Everyone's always saying that hard times bring out the best in people, but as far as I can tell, the only thing that hard times bring out is plain meanness."

Journal Entry 4 by JennyC1230 at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (1/15/2014 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


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This book is starting out in the Teens Shrinking Bookbox.

Journal Entry 5 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, March 13, 2014
I've read and enjoyed TWO other books with female characters called Turtle (The Westing Game and The Bean Trees, and this one is a Newbery Honor book, so I'll give it a try.

Taken from JennyC1230's Shrinking Teens Bookbox with thanks.

Journal Entry 6 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, April 13, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (4/15/2014 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA


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Journal Entry 7 by allysther at Fort Sill, Oklahoma USA on Saturday, December 27, 2014
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Thank you very much for sending this book to me. I think I will enjoy it quite a bit!

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