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In Jennifer L. Holm's New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning middle grade historical fiction novel, life isn't like the movies. But then again, 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. 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 live with relatives she's never met. Florida's like nothing Turtle's ever seen before though. It's hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure! Before she knows what's happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she's spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. Filled with adventure, humor and heart, Turtle in Paradise is an instant classic both boys and girls with love.

Includes an Author's Note with photographs and further background on the Great Depression, as well as additional resources and websites.

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"Sweet, funny and superb."

Starred Review, Booklist:
"Just the right mixture of knowingness and hope . . . a hilarious blend of family drama seasoned with a dollop of adventure."
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on May 11, 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375836888
ISBN-13: 9780375836886
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  • penguin123
    penguin123Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 11:11 am55 stars
    Turtle is a girl living in the early 1900s. And it's always been just her and her mom. So when she is sent to Key West for the summer, she discovers a whole new family and herself.
    • summerstar
      summerstarSunday, June 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm55 stars
      Turtle in Paradise is such a nice, relaxing book. Turtle is sent to stay with her cousins from her mom's side one summer. She doesn't really like it without knowing about her cousins. Besides, She has to stay in a run-down house with scorpions. DISGUSTING!!!!!!! But when Turtle finds out who her cousins are under their skin, she begins to enjoy her vacation. Read the book to find out more!
      • love bug101Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:12 am
        i love this book you should read it and i am only 10
        • sherlockcutepup
          sherlockcutepupMonday, January 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm55 stars
          this is my #1 favorite book!!!!!!
          • akarroum1
            akarroum1Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:46 am
            First I thought it was an actual turtle in paradise living by the Caribbeans, but it turned out it was a girl, and i really liked it because it was calm, and exciting, though i hate Archie!
            • nikukyu
              nikukyuThursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm33 stars
              It was good
              • ktyda
                ktydaThursday, November 6, 2014 at 11:24 am22 stars
                it was really confusing
                • kpollard
                  kpollardThursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:10 am
                  It was okay but I didn't really like it.
                  • jellyjoy
                    jellyjoySunday, October 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm
                    there was beans and who else I'm 11 and I read this when I was 9
                    • jellyjoy
                      jellyjoySunday, October 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm
                      I loved this book I would have never thought that Turtle was the girls name the book was sooo good