This week’s Funny Book Friday, TURTLE IN PARADISE is not only funny, but sweet.  I happen to be at the public library when all the new award winning books were placed on the librarian’s “take a look” shelf.  I’ll admit- I took all of them home. Check out TURTLE IN PARADISE, the author Jennifer L. Holm attributes some of her success to “having an awesome elementary school librarian”- gotta love that!




Here’s the write up from

Turtle in Paradise

byJennifer L. Holm

Inspired by family stories, two-time Newbery Honor winner and New York Times
bestselling author Jennifer L. Holm beautifully blends family lore with America’s past in this charming gem of a novel, rich in historical detail, humor, and the unique flavors of Key West.

Life isn’t like the movies, and eleven-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.

Florida’s like nothing Turtle has ever seen. It’s hot and strange, full of wild green peeping out between houses, ragtag boy cousins, and secret treasure. Before she knows what’s happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she has spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways.

Cover Image Courtesy of Random House