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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer L. Holm Narrator: Becca Battoe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307738318
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In Jennifer L. Holm's New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning middle grade historical fiction novel, life isn't like the movies. But then again, 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple

She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it's 1935 and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida to live with relatives she's never met. Florida's like nothing Turtle's ever seen before though. It's hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure! Before she knows what's happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she's 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 Author's 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." Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2010:
    “Sweet, funny and superb”
  • Starred Review, Booklist, April 15, 2010:
    "Turtle is just the right mixture of knowingness and hope; the plot is a hilarious blend of family dramas seasoned with a dollop of adventure."
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly:
  • This humorous adventure effectively portrays Turtle as caught between her mother's Hollywood-inspired dreams and the very real family . . . that offer a different kind of paradise."
  • Review, School Library Journal, April 2010:
    "This richly detailed novel was inspired by Holm’s great-grandmother’s stories. Readers who enjoy melodic, humorous tales of the past won’t want to miss it."

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Martin | 1/30/2014

    " turtle in paradise was a great book I loved how the author showed the characters feelings but did not tell. I also love how you feel like youre really there when you read it and how you can connect with turtle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth W. Rauch | 1/22/2014

    " A cute historical fiction about Key West during the Great Depression. Likable characters, adventure, probably more of a girl book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 1/9/2014

    " Battle of the Books: During the depression in Key West before tourism, told by Turtle, a young spunky girl is sent to live with her aunt and a world she doesn't know at all. Loved that story was based on the author's family and island history...including Papa Hemingway himself... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Drew | 12/15/2013

    " Turtle's mother takes a new housekeeper job but the boss doesn't allow children. So Turtle is dropped off at her aunt's house in the Florida Keys. Her mother doesn't even confirm that the letter reached the aunt (it didn't) Turtle takes us on an adventures with her gang of boy cousins and afternoons with her grandma (who isn't dead after all). Loved Turtle's spunk and the depiction of depression life in the Keys. Wish that her father's identity was more of a surprise. Left me wanting to read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Clark | 11/14/2013

    " Turtle is a sassy character and was fun to read about. I think my 6th graders will enjoy this book even with the references to earlier times-maybe especially with those references. The dry humor is outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie Schuetz | 11/12/2013

    " I liked this book a lot. but...there was something that was missing. It was a little to easy read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen the Librarian | 11/6/2013

    " I really enjoyed this family story set in Key West during the Great Depression. Holm included tons of true elements from archives and her own family history that really added flavor to the story. I liked the variety in the characters and the fact that there was not a neatly wrapped ending. This one is going on my Newbery list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarynth â™› | 11/2/2013

    " AWESOME BOOK! Just finished it now. long book, but worked hoard to read it on 3 days :D one of the best books I read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrieann Schneider | 10/5/2013

    " Started slowly for me, loved the setting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nerissa Lindauer | 9/5/2013

    " This book could be read by all ages, but I would say starting at grade 5 if it was read to them. This book is a great story based in Key West. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Johnson | 8/28/2013

    " Nicely written, lots of historical detail, well-researched... I'd hand it to fans of books like Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes, The Higher Power of Lucky, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 7/16/2013

    " This story is set in 1935 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillory | 6/17/2013

    " Sweet story told from the pov of an 11 y/o girl that had me smiling all the way to the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jhrebik | 6/7/2013

    " It's fine. . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loriinengland | 6/4/2013

    " Delightful. I hope u can get the girls to read this book. It is a lovely book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlee Sutton | 12/3/2012

    " this book only took me 3 day to read a great book to have middle school kids read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 7/5/2012

    " Great book, perfect pacing and voice. Takes place during The Great Depression. Turtle has to go to Key West to live with relatives and learns a lot about herself and who is really important to her during her stay. Loved teh characters, and the tie-in to Shirley Temple and Lil Orphan Annie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 6/15/2012

    " I loved this book it has a little mystery, adventure, and just a hint of romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fatimah | 10/1/2011

    " AMAZIN!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaden Stratton | 8/20/2011

    " I did not really like this book.... :( but someone might like it besides me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 5/16/2011

    " A Newberry honor for 2011- I really enjoyed it- definatly for a younger audience, but delightfully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/12/2011

    " This was a fun quick read that I really enjoyed. I love Jennifer Holms books and this one was really well written. Interesting to learn about Key West in the early 1900's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 5/12/2011

    " I loved Turtle's character in this, but the story was pretty dull until the end, and then I hated the very end. I have to say though it made me want to go to Key West! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 5/8/2011

    " Such a sweet book. Wish there was another! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/7/2011

    " Ages 8+

    Cute and sassy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aneeqah | 5/2/2011

    " This story was such a cute story! I loved it =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/30/2011

    " Charming and sweet story, set in key west during the depression. If you are familiar with Key West all the better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 4/29/2011

    " This was a very fun and quick read. It shares a great deal about the Great Depression. The best parts about this book are that it is quite humorous, has beautiful imagery, and teaches its audience about trust and courage. I would recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Analisa | 4/28/2011

    " Quick, easy, fun and even a little bit educational about the Florida Keys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/27/2011

    " My favorite parts included the boys tending babies. On my bucket list to visit the Florida Keys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronna | 4/27/2011

    " A clean and fun story from the depression about making do. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer L. Holm

Jennifer L. Holm is the author of the 1999 Newberry Honor book, Our Only May Amelia. In addition to writing novels for young adults, she produces television commercials and lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Becca Battoe is a film and television actor, as well as an audiobook narrator. Her film roles include appearances on television shows such as Scrubs and Invasion. Other roles include Equity stage performances in Cats, Ug the Caveman Musical, and Shadow Hour. An AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, she is best known for her narration of the bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy by E. L. James. She currently lives in Los Angeles.