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Return to the wonderful world of Newbery Honor Book Turtle in Paradise through the eyes of Turtle’s cousin Beans!

Five Starred Reviews!
A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, 2016

Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs (that means “locals”) in all of Key West. Not that Beans really minds; it’s 1934, the middle of the Great Depression. With no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, Beans isn’t anyone’s fool. In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.

"A surprising coming-of-age story with a remarkably honest message." —The New York Times

"[Holm] captures this colorful slice of Depression history with her usual vivacious wit. . . . Children will love Beans." —Shelf Awareness, Starred

"Multifaceted supporting characters . . . are all seen through Bean’s refreshingly honest eyes and create a novel as entertaining as the motion pictures he loves to see."—The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

“Inspired by actual events, Holm’s talent for writing historical fiction is on full display. . . . Interesting family and small-town dynamics further enrich this fascinating account of a young boy’s life in Florida’s ‘Recovery Key.’” —Booklist, Starred

"Filled with humor, heart, and warmth; readers can only hope to hear more about the Curry clan." —Kirkus Review, Starred

"Entertaining and illuminating historical fiction." —Publishers Weekly, Starred

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on August 30, 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0553510363
ISBN-13: 9780553510362
5 Book Reviews
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  • ZsHArKWednesday, October 3, 2018 at 6:51 am
    its very entertaining
    • siennald
      siennaldWednesday, August 29, 2018 at 4:09 pm44 stars
      • zozoFriday, September 16, 2016 at 4:14 pm
        it is a funny and cool book
        • yMonday, September 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm
          • cocopopo
            cocopopoThursday, September 1, 2016 at 6:33 am
            i likw how the stoy was told and that i like the name of the book too