Thursday, October 4, 2012
Title: Turtle in Paradise
Author: Jennifer L. Holm
Genre: juvenile fiction
Turtle (so named for her tough emotional exterior) is a preteen sent to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Key West in 1935. Turtle's mother never told her about her extended family so she is surprised to learn she has so many cousins. Unfortunately, in her eyes, they are all boys. In this quiet gem of a book we get a glimpse of Key West during the Great Depression and before commercialism and tourism changed the Keys' way of life forever.
Kids will learn about pop culture in the 1930s- Shirley Temple, The Shadow, etc. While dealing with her pesty cousins, Turtle learns more about her mother's past, goes sponge fishing and searches for buried treasure, and experiences her first hurricane! A quick and enjoyable read if you want to travel back in time to Old Florida.