Books@Random Parents Teens@Random Kids@Random
Click Here to Return to Homepage
Search Again
Turtle in Paradise
Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse and search through your favorite titles
Turtle in Paradise

Written by Jennifer L. HolmAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Jennifer L. Holm
| Random House Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | May 2010 | $16.99 | 978-0-375-83688-6 (0-375-83688-8)
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.
  • Add to Good Reads
  • Add to Librarything
  • Add to Shelfari


In Jennifer L. Holm's New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning middle grade historical fiction novel, life isn't like the movies. But then again, 11-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 live with relatives she's never met. Florida's like nothing Turtle's ever seen before though. It's hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure! Before she knows what's happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she's spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. Filled with adventure, humor and heart, Turtle in Paradise is an instant classic both boys and girls with love.

Includes an Author's Note with photographs and further background on the Great Depression, as well as additional resources and websites.

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"Sweet, funny and superb."

Starred Review, Booklist:
"Just the right mixture of knowingness and hope . . . a hilarious blend of family drama seasoned with a dollop of adventure."


Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2010:
“Sweet, funny and superb”

Starred Review, Booklist, April 15, 2010:
"Turtle is just the right mixture of knowingness and hope; the plot is a hilarious blend of family dramas seasoned with a dollop of adventure."

Review, School Library Journal, April 2010:
"This richly detailed novel was inspired by Holm’s great-grandmother’s stories. Readers who enjoy melodic, humorous tales of the past won’t want to miss it."


NOMINEE - Florida Sunshine State Book Award
NOMINEE - South Carolina Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
NOMINEE - Indiana Young Hoosier Award
NOMINEE - Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award
NOMINEE - Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
NOMINEE - Kentucky Bluegrass Award
NOMINEE - Bank Street Child Study Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - IRA Children's Choices
NOMINEE - IRA Teachers' Choices
NOMINEE - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award
NOMINEE - New York State Charlotte Award
SUBMITTED - South Carolina Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Texas Bluebonnet Master List
WINNER - Young Adult Services Division, School Library Journal Author Award
WINNER - NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies
WINNER - Newbery Honor Book
FINALIST 2014 - California Young Reader Medal
NOMINEE - ALA Notable Children's Book
NOMINEE 2014 - Minnesota Maud Heart Lovelace Award
NOMINEE - Massachusetts Children's Book Award


Contact us about speaking engagements with Jennifer Holm