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Monday, July 12, 2010

Book Review: Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
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Turtle in Paradise
by Jennifer L. Holm

Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0-375-83688-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-375-83688-6
Publication Date: May, 2010
List Price: $16.99

Review: Nicknames, treasures, and family, is what Turtle encounters everyday in Key West, Florida. Turtle in Paradise is a magnificent book. Jennifer L. Holm did a great job writing Turtle in Paradise. This book goes through romance, family arguments, and family reunions. But will it all end up like a fairytale ending?

All the chaos started in June 1935. Sadiebelle-Turtle’s mother- gets a housekeeping job at Mrs. Budnick’s house. Mrs. Budnick is surprised to see Turtle because she hates children. So, Turtle is forced to leave and goes to her Aunt Minnie’s house in Key West Florida. There she lives with her cousins Beans, Buddy, Kermit, the dog Termite, and of course Aunt Minnie. Turtle finds herself opening up more as the days go on with living in Key West. Turtle is meeting new people every day and goes on the best adventures of her life. She goes and looks for treasure and comes back to a surprise between Mama and Archie. Will it tear the family apart or keep them together?

Turtle in Paradise is a fantastic book. Jennifer L. Holm did a good job portraying the many different settings and time era. She put in great details; I especially liked the details when Turtle comes home and sees her mother. Also, I felt like I was actually in the story; I could picture everything that went on in the book. I could really visualize the scene where the kids get trapped on the island looking for the treasure. Jennifer Holm is a fantastic author. The best thing is that Jennifer Holm made it seem very realistic, like it could happen to anyone that was like Turtle. That quality just makes the book better. The characters made the story happen. The way Turtle starts to come out of her shell when she moves to Key West is great. Her cousins are all very different, but that makes the story all the much better. In general, the book Turtle in Paradise is terrific and Jennifer Holm did a great job on it. I cannot wait to read another one of her books.

Review written by Jennifer (7th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Turtle in Paradise for this review.

Have you read Turtle in Paradise? How would you rate it?

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