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Jennifer

Jennifer

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  • Turtle in Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Holm
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
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    (35)
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    (29)
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    Life isn't like the movies, and 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 stay with relatives she's never met.

    Jennifer says: "Delightful, funny, and touching."
    "Delightful, funny, and touching."
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    Our entire family enjoyed this book while on a long car trip. The author has created wonderful characters who live in a vividly depicted run-down area of Key West in the early 20th century. Turtle is a believable girl, who is a complicated mix of brave and vulnerable. She makes the most of unfortunate circumstances while befriending a crew of cousins she's never met. The book is even more delightful because it is based on the author's grandmother's memories of growing up in Key West when it was a remote outpost instead of a tourist destination (Ernest Hemmingway has a cameo).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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