“Everyone thinks children are sweet as Necco Wafers, but I’ve lived long enough to know the truth: kids are rotten,” says 11-year-old Turtle in Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm. It is 1935. Turtle’s mom is a live-in housekeeper, so she has had plenty of experience with mean kids like the ones who set her cat’s tail on fire. Turtle’s opinion of kids seems unlikely to change after she is sent to live with her aunt, uncle, and three cousins in their crowded house in Key West, Florida. But before she knows what has happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of her “shell” as she hangs with the Diaper Gang and looks for buried pirate treasure. Turtle is smart, feisty, and lots of fun. I hope you enjoy her adventures as much as I did.
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head