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It’s nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles on North Carolina's Gull Island. Nine-year old Tara (or Sweet T as her family sometimes calls her) is determined to see hatchlings make it safely from their nests to their ocean home.

Summering on Gull Island with Great Aunt Mae could be tons of fun, but T is having a hard time making new friends with island children, let alone finding help monitoring a sea turtle nest.

There’s little sister Jenna, but Jenna is, well, little.  Fuzzy is around, too, but Jenna’s blue stuffy rabbit gets lost all the time.  Besides, a toy bunny can’t help protect turtle nests.  

Tara befriends Billy, a moody island child.  He teaches her skimboarding and shows her the best shelling spots. But Billy stomps away when she asks him to read the “Turtle Team Guide” and help her save baby sea turtles. 

What’s up with Billy?  He’s nice one minute and grumpy the next.  And why does he refuse to join T’s Turtle Team?  She can't figure him out!  

A tropical storm threatens Gull Island just as the sea turtle nest is ready to hatch. T must abandon the nest and prepare for bad weather.  

*** Will Sweet Tara and her friends be safe in the storm

*** Will the sea turtle nest survive angry ocean waves?

Dive into adventure, fun and secrets on Gull Island with “Sweet T and the Turtle Team” to find out!

“Sweet T and the Turtle Team” is the third book of the Sweet T Tales Series of chapter books for early and reluctant readers by Cat Michaels, MS., Ed. 

With more than a dozen watercolor illustrations by artist Irene A. Jahns, its short chapters attract early readers while its content engages reluctant readers, too.  Children enjoy a work of fiction as they also learn facts about marine life and endangered species.  Plus, they develop empathy for a child who struggles.

This book is optimized for the i-Pad with two ocean-themed video clips, glossaries for challenge words and texting symbols, an interactive comprehension quiz, a sea turtle hatch photo gallery, and discussion questions.  

July 21
2101 Ink
Cat Michaels

Customer Reviews

My Paws at the Grand Canyon ,

Sweet T and the Turtle Team

Sweet T and the Turtle Team is a beautifully written tale with a summer adventure readers won't ever forget.

​Tara (Sweet T), her sister Jenna, and their mom are spending the summer on Gull Island at their Great Aunt Mae's house. Tara misses her friends back home as she struggles to make friends on the island. So far the only excitement has been the countless times Jenna's stuffed rabbit, Fuzzy, goes missing, but that's all about to change. When Tara's mom needs a Turtle Team to protect the baby turtle nests along the beach Tara jumps at the chance. Eventually she even convinces other island kids to help, but the baby turtles aren't in the clear yet as tropical storm Parker approaches. Do Tara and the Turtle Team have what it takes?

Cat Michaels does an incredible job of creating an exciting tale in a short chapter book. The characters develop a great deal from beginning to end. Working as a team the children learn acceptance of others, forge a special bond, and discover that everyone can make a difference. The author also touches on the topics of bullying and dyslexia and uses her strong character, Sweet T, to uncover creative solutions.

The illustrations are stunning. I found myself mesmerized with the amazing detailed watercolors found throughout the book.

The extra activities with videos and quizzes at the end of the story help instill the lessons learned from Sweet T and her friends.

Kudos to Cat Michaels for a job well done! I highly recommend Sweet T and the Turtle Team.

Dutra87 ,

Baby turtles and pink lemonade are sure to delight!

Cat Michaels has done it again! Sweet T and the Turtle Team is the third book in the series and was a delight to read. Cat truly paints a vivid picture of Gull Island, I felt like I was sipping lemonade on Aunt Mae's porch while enjoying hard boiled peanuts with the gang. As you read this book you learn importance of caring for wildlife, and the hazards that they face. There is also a valuable lesson that many kids will be able to relate to, that of true friendship and not judging individuals for their struggles.

C.L. Murphy ,

Breezy Island Life with Sweet T

In the third book of the Sweet T series, young readers will imagine themselves summering on Gull Island alongside Tara (Sweet T), her family and new friends. Slip on a pair of flip flops, sip a glass of Aunt Mae’s pink lemonade and nibble on some boiled peanuts, while learning about the loggerhead sea turtles and the great efforts taken to protect the species. The author teaches in a creative manner about the natural world and its hazards that her intended audience will find appealing. Intermittent chapters of text conversation to and from T’s older sister, back home, make a clever and relevant addition. Bonus photos, videos, mind ticklers and so much more are included after the story, for further enrichment. Illustrations done in watercolor add a nostalgic charm to the tale.

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