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Turtle in Paradise Paperback – December 27, 2011
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More About the Author
Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series which has more than 2.3 million books in print and the bestselling Squish series. SQUISH is being developed into a television series with Cottonwood Media and Gulli. Jenni and Matt's newest graphic novel, SUNNY SIDE UP, was published by Graphix/Scholastic in August.
For more information, visit her website at www.jenniferholm.com.
Top Customer Reviews
If this book were marketed to 5th or 6th grade and up, it would be more appropriate. The conversations between the characters are often funny. If it were marketed for 11 and up, I'd probably have given it 3 or 4 stars.
It seems like Turtle is related to half the neighborhood and, being that she is the spitting-image of her mom, every grownup she meets immediately wants to know whether she is related to Sadiebelle Gifford. The question we immediately ask ourselves is whether one of the guys in town can be the father Turtle has never met.
We come to find out that the grandmother who Mom told Turtle was dead is actually very much alive, and quite an ornery character, although she is now incapacitated by a stroke. And then, thanks to Smokey, Turtle finds a long-lost treasure map...
What I really enjoyed is that Jenni Holm --who was inspired by old family stories about Key West -- keeps throwing you off balance by permitting you to discover clues. And so you think you've figured something out -- and you have -- but what you thought was the big mystery is only another step along the path.Read more ›
When Mama's new employer Mrs. Budnick shares Turtle's low opinion of children and refuses to let Turtle stay in her house, Mama sends Turtle to Key West and the home of an aunt and far too many boy cousins none of whom Turtle's ever met. New environment, new culture, new family, new rules.
Her eleven-year-old cousin Beans (everyone has a nickname, so Turtle fits in THAT way) runs the Diaper Gang, a babysitting service with a secret weapon against diaper rash & they have a rule: no girls allowed. Turtle usually tags along anyway because despite the colorful locals (including a very familiar mustached author) there isn't much to do on the island.
Her mother may have Hollywood dreams, but turtle is down to earth. She views life as more like the story of the three little pigs: you just set up a new house & a big bad wolf comes to blow it down (Mama's not the best at picking men)...but Archie could be different...but the two of them are up in New Jersey--while Turtle's stuck in the mud and the heat.
Holm again mixes her family's history with a well told story (much like she did in "Penny from Heaven" in 2006). This one has all the local color you could want and rum runners and pirates and a heroine who's just the right mix of snarky and charming. A winner for fans of Holm or historical fiction.
(And now full disclosure: I read most of this while walking on my treadmill right next to a framed manuscript page from "Penny from Heaven.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the voice of this book! Turtle tells her story with honesty, humor, and insight. Jennifer Holm shares great personal information in the Author's Notes. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Linda Dunn
Assigned to my 9 year old daughter for summer reading...she loved it. She insisted that I read it and I agree - a fantastic story with adventure, humor and heart.Published 1 month ago by Dad315
A fun read set in Key West in 1935 based on the author's great-grandmother's stories. Adventure along with a spunky female protagonist. Great middle grade book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carol Baldwin
It was great. Very kid friendly. I did this book for my book report and I thought I was very happy and reached kid to over come life's problems.Published 5 months ago by heather
Charming novel set in Key West during the Great Depression. Turtle is a spunky girl with a positive attitude. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cinzia