Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel (Paperback)

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Okay, this is CUTE. I want to be like Turtle when I grow up. She is clever, kind, and has to deal with a whole lot when her mom suddenly has to send her to live with relatives she has never met in Florida. And if that weren't bad enough, those relatives don't even know she is coming and don't want her there once she arrives. This is a sweet story about resilience and overcoming hard things in life. Join Turtle as she fends off mean cousins, stands up for the people she loves, and brings her whole family together in this charming story. — From Miranda's picks


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.

About the Author

Jennifer L. Holm's great-grandmother emigrated from the Bahamas to Key West in 1897. Jennifer is the author of two Newbery Honor books, Our Only May Amelia and Penny from Heaven. She is also the author of several other highly praised books, including Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf and the Babymouse graphic novel series, which she collaborates on with her brother, Matthew Holm. Jennifer lives in California with her husband and two children. You can visit her Web site at www.jenniferholm.com.

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Reviews for Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel

"A lively adaptation certain to entertain readers old and new.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Adventure, friendship, and unforgettable characters make for a perfect tale. This graphic novel adaptation will sit comfortably on the shelf alongside books by Faith Erin Hicks, Jen Wang, and Victoria Jamieson." —School Library Journal, starred review

Reviews for Turtle in Paradise

“Sweet, funny and superb” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"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." —Booklist, starred review

"This humorous adventure effectively portrays Turtle as caught between her mother's Hollywood-inspired dreams and the very real family . . . that offer a different kind of paradise." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"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." —School Library Journal, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593126301
ISBN-10: 0593126300
Publisher: Random House Graphic
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Pages: 256
Language: English