Turtle in Paradise

Turtle in Paradise

eBook - 2010
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In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375893162
0375893164
Characteristics: 1 online resource (191 p.)

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dundarave185
Jul 19, 2017

turtle in paradise is a great story with bit of a sad ending. I love the historical fiction in thing book and how it can really give you a feel for the past

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marthabwaters
Dec 28, 2016

Jennifer Holm excels at writing historical fiction for kids that manages to offer an interesting glimpse at life in the past without bogging down the story under too much historical detail. She vividly brings Key West of the 1930s to life in this book, which is full of a cast of quirky characters, a spunky lead, and lots of humor. I really, really enjoyed this.

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Cheryl65
Oct 11, 2015

Some of the best Newbury books can be heartbreaking stories of children dealing with tragic situations. But this one is a fun read.

Despite Turtle's difficult family issues (unknown father, single-parent poverty, daughter with more common sense than the wishful-thinking mother she loves), it's not a sad story.
In Depression-era Key West, Turtle is surrounded by spunky, resourceful, lovable, fun kids. This is an extended-family success story.

jgldstn3 May 28, 2015

Turtle discovers who her family really is in this charming read!

yellow_ram_6 Sep 07, 2014

It's a really good book! The ending is just a little sad. Otherwise I loved it! 5 stars!

LPL_RachaelH Jun 20, 2014

Turtle In Paradise is a wonderful ride through the unique culture of Depression Era Key West. Turtle’s struggles bring her closer to the truth about family and what’s important. Each of the characters is interesting with a different nickname and a different way of surviving the Great Depression. The book is honest, through the eyes of Turtle, who is a no nonsense type of girl. Her adventures through cut-ups, diaper gangs and a brand new, very large, family lead the reader on a beautifully written journey of Key West.

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 16, 2013

I recommend this book for a family reading. The main character is turtle, a strong 11 year old girl who enjoys life and a good sense of adventure. I enjoy this book because turtle grows as a person as the story progresses, her mom makes a big sacrifice by sending turtle away to Key West during The Great Depression. The book reflects the period of great poverty but at the same time the book shows that kids need very little to live an adventure and find the meaning of family. The story also has hidden surprises, family values, and the magic of having children behave like children. I specially enjoy the relationship that develops with her grandmother because it reminds me of the relationship of Heidi and her grandfather in the book of Joanna Spyri.

AlgonquinYouthServices Apr 15, 2013

In 1935, at the heart of the Great Depression, Turtle’s mom sends her to live with unknown relatives on Key West. Turtle arrives from New Jersey and is not impressed. Key West, in her opinion, is shabby. She’s even less impressed with her boy cousins who run a babysitting business. But, she will have to learn to get along with them. Turtle slowly discovers she enjoys the slower island way of life, getting to know her family, and ends up having fun with her cousins. She meets the grandmother she never knew she had, goes hunting for buried pirate treasure, and gets caught in a hurricane.

Turtle is a spunky, fun tomboy. Readers will enjoy learning about Florida in the 1930s in this rollicking adventure. ~Alexa Newman, Youth Services Librarian

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 11, 2013

This book is about a young eleven year old girl who was sent away to random family members since her mother received a job offer. Her mother got a job offer from a rich lady to clean her house, and the lady didn't like children. This book is about the trials and tribulations of a young girl who lived through the Great Depression. the moral of the story is that family means everything in times of need. I recommend this book to every child, eight and up, and highly recommend parents to buy it and read it to their children.

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paytendutt
Jan 31, 2013

im in reading link at my school and we had to read this book amazing

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Feb 05, 2014

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 16, 2013

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Apr 11, 2013

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Mar 14, 2013

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BradyRhys
Jan 31, 2013

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Jan 29, 2013

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LPL_RachaelH Jun 20, 2014

Turtle lives with her mama, who is a house maid, in 1935. Life is pretty good, better than some other people have it during the Great Depression. But when Turtle’s mother gets a job with an old woman who doesn't like children, she’s sent off to live with her extended family in Key West, Florida. Turtle must learn to navigate a large new family, strange customs and the poor, pre-tourist destination, island culture if she’s ever going to stick it out long enough to go back to her mama.

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 11, 2013

This story is about a young girl who is sent away from her mother to her family in Key West whom she does not know. The young girl, named Turtle, is reluctant to go but has to, since her mother got a new job. The book has the setting of the Great Depression, and the hardships that Turtle and her family had to endure. This book has a great ending, and I think that everyone should read this book.

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BradyRhys
Jan 31, 2013

This book is about the life and events of Turtle, an 11 year old girl who is sent to Key West by her parents to live with her relatives during the Great Depression. Along the way Turtle helps her family with whatever she can financially while searching for sponges in the ocean, searching for buried treasure, and building relationships with her grandma and father. In the end she finds her treasure and also finds the real meaning of family.

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asrushing2014
Jan 29, 2013

Turtle is an eleven year old girl, who is sent to stay with her relatives in Key West. The story starts off with the main character's cat's tail being set on fire by some troublesome boys. Turtle has had a pretty rough life, but it has made her a much stronger person. While in Key West Turtle encounters the Diaper n the end Turtle learns the value of family and friends in this magnificent story-line.

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jazmjoh
Jan 27, 2013

Turtle's mother takes a job as a housekeeper after having a difficult time finding work. As a result of her taking the job Turtle is sent to live with her sister in Key West. She has a difficult time adjusting. Eventually she finds comfort and builds relationships with some of her family members. She discovers pirate treasures through an adventure she encountered with the Diaper Gang. The story turns from being negative to positive because of the friendship and family relationship gained throughout the book.

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 16, 2013

“ I think the color of a person’s eyes says a lot about them. Mama has soft blue eyes, and all she sees is kittens and roses. My eyes are gray as soot, and I see things for what they are. The mean boy on the porch has green eyes. Probably from all the snot in his nose.”

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 11, 2013

"Mama thinks me going to Key West is a swell idea. You'll love it baby, Mama told me".

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BradyRhys
Jan 31, 2013

"Maybe the real treasure has been right here on Curry Lane the whole time--people who love Mama and me. A Home."

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asrushing2014
Jan 29, 2013

“Everyone thinks children are sweet as Necco Wafers, but I've lived long enough to know the truth: kids are rotten. The only difference between grown-ups and kids is that grown-ups go to jail for murder. Kids get away with it.”

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jazmjoh
Jan 27, 2013

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

"And if you're lucky-lucky as an orphan-some of them may even end up being your family."

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