Friday, January 14, 2011
Turtle in Paradise
Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm, is a moving story set in 1935 in Key West, Florida. Readers will appreciate Holm’s writing style which is only enhanced by Turtle’s humorous narration and ability to handle even the most complex situations in life. Main character, Turtle, is raised by her single mother, who tells her very little about her father. Her mother works as a live-in maid, but jumps from job to job. Her most recent boss doesn’t want children living in her house; consequently, she sends Turtle to Key West to stay with her sister. Unfortunately, Turtle’s aunt was not expecting her. Her aunt already has a full house with three rambunctious boys and a dog. The storyline becomes even more interesting when Turtle volunteers to feed lunch to her cantankerous grandmother. While at her grandmother’s house, Turtle finds a map for Pirate Blacke Caesar’s treasure. Follow Turtle, her cousins, and their friends on their adventure to unearth the treasure. Will Turtle find other hidden gems on this journey? I hope you like this one as much as I did! This was just awarded a Newbery Honor Book award for 2011.