Title: Turtle in Paradise
Author: Jennifer Holm
Premise: In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
Opinions: This is a very quirky book. Turtle is sent to live with her aunt on Key West during the 1930's. While there she meets her cousins and grandmother (whom she was told was dead). This is a cast of fun and interesting characters in a crazy vinettey story. Turtle spends time working on a sponge boat, helping the diaper gang and searching for buried pirate treasure. Through this whole thing she learns the true meaning of home. This is a touching story and I really enjoy Jennifer Holm's writing style. Jennifer Holm is really good at historical fiction that is highly character driven. There is a lot of potty jokes in this, but as a potty-training mom I was laughing hysterically at the little boy who was always losing his pants.