release date: Dec 15, 2018
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In Jennifer L Holms New York Times bestselling Newbery Honor winning middle grade historical fiction novel life isnt like the movies But then again 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple Shes smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending After all its 1935 and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce So when Turtles mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesnt like kids Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West Florida to live with relatives shes never met Floridas like nothing Turtles ever seen before though Its hot and strange full of rag tag boy cousins family secrets scams and even buried pirate treasure Before she knows whats happened Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell shes 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 Authors 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
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