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A graphic novel adaptation of the beloved, bestselling Newbery Honor-winning novel.
Eleven-year-old Turtle is smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it's 1935 and money—and sometimes even dreams—is scarce. So when Turtle's mother gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle heads off to Florida to live with relatives. Florida's like nothing Turtle's ever seen before, though. It's full of ragtag boy cousins, family secrets to unravel . . . and even a little bit of fun. Before she knows what's happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of her shell. And as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways.
Inspired by family stories, three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm blends family lore with America's past in this charming gem of a novel, now adapted into graphic novel form by rising star Savanna Ganucheau.
Turtle, the witty 11-year-old narrator of this standout historical novel, is a straight shooter: Everyone thinks children are sweet as Necco Wafers, but I ve lived long enough to know the truth: kids are rotten. When her romantic and unrealistic mother, who s always falling in and out of love, gets a housekeeping job that won t allow children, she sends Turtle to her estranged family in Depression-era Key West. Though her mother hails Key West as paradise, Turtle initially think it s a dump ( Truth is, the place looks like a broken chair that s been left out in the sun to rot ). Two-time Newbery Honor author Holm again crafts a winning heroine who, despite her hardened exterior, gradually warms to her eccentric family members, including her unruly cousins and waspish grandmother (who Turtle thought was dead). Infused with period pop culture references, a strong sense of place, and the unique traditions and culture of Key West natives (aka Conchs ), this humorous adventure effectively portrays Turtle as caught between her mother s Hollywood-inspired dreams and the very real family and geography that offer a different kind of paradise. Ages 8 12. \n