Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

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 has never met.  Florida is like nothing Turtle has ever seen.  It's hot and strange, full of ragtag boy cousins, family secrets, and even buried treasure!  Before she knows what has happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she has spent her life building, and as she does, her world open up in the most unexpected ways.

Join us on Sunday, March 18th at 2:00 in the afternoon to discuss this Newberry Honor Book.  Snacks will be served.