Reviews for Turtle in Paradise

AudioFile Reviews 2010 October
Becca Battoe narrates the story of 11-year-old Turtle, who is exiled to her mother's childhood home of Key West during the summer of 1935. There she discovers a whole new world of quirky relatives and island adventures. Surrounded by her boisterous male cousins, Turtle must use all of her wits and courage to make a place for herself and discover her family history. Battoe gives Turtle a smart, no-nonsense voice that perfectly mirrors the girl's spirited and candid personality. Battoe also deftly portrays each supporting character--from 4-year-old Buddy to the Cuban-born "Pork Chop"--with a unique and authentic voice. A delightfully adept performance. K.O. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 October

Gr 3-6--Set in 1935, 11-year-old Turtle is sent off to her aunt in the Florida Keys when her mother gets a job in New Jersey as a live-in housekeeper for a woman who doesn't like children. Turtle's mother is a dreamer who pins her hopes on every new man she meets and, as each one disappears, Turtle becomes more of a pragmatist. Ever adaptable, she works to fit in with her wacky boy cousins (reminiscent of The Little Rascals but called The Diaper Gang) and all the colorful characters she finds in the small community of Key West. Along the way she discovers a grandmother she did not know existed and, through her, a pirate's treasure. The book (Random, 2010) was inspired by Jennifer Holmes's great-grandmother's stories. Narrator Becca Battoe perfectly portrays Turtle and distinctly voices the entire cast of characters. Listeners get a perfect sense of Florida's heat, the ennui of the kids, and the laid back community struggling through the Depression. This audiobook brings a whole new dimension to an already splendid novel.--Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisburg, VA

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