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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 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 ragtag 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 will love.


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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 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 ragtag 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 will love.

30 review for Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    I already liked this story, and wanted to see how a comic artist would interpret Turtle and her Key West family. The artwork is expressive and energetic, and I could imagine the heat settling over the Curry home each sunny, summer day. I loved the soft shades of the colours invoking the Florida skies and Atlantic ocean, and the water- and sun-beaten wood of the buildings. I already liked this story, and wanted to see how a comic artist would interpret Turtle and her Key West family. The artwork is expressive and energetic, and I could imagine the heat settling over the Curry home each sunny, summer day. I loved the soft shades of the colours invoking the Florida skies and Atlantic ocean, and the water- and sun-beaten wood of the buildings.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eva B.

    This was my favorite book growing up, I can't wait to read this! This was my favorite book growing up, I can't wait to read this!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews

    Disclaimer : Many thanks to PRH international for e-copy via NetGalley. This was heart warming and fun historical fiction graphic novel that revolved around Turtle who was sent to Key West to live with her aunt where she found treasure and much more. The story was about family, secrets, adventure, coming out of shell, love and friendship. Writing was easy to follow along with illustrations. It was told from Turtle’s POV. Her monologues in box separating the dialogues and conversations were fun to Disclaimer : Many thanks to PRH international for e-copy via NetGalley. This was heart warming and fun historical fiction graphic novel that revolved around Turtle who was sent to Key West to live with her aunt where she found treasure and much more. The story was about family, secrets, adventure, coming out of shell, love and friendship. Writing was easy to follow along with illustrations. It was told from Turtle’s POV. Her monologues in box separating the dialogues and conversations were fun to read. Illustrations were beautiful. I loved colour palate and art. Turtle was amazing 11 years old kid.It was great to see how slowly she came out of the shell she created around her and started enjoying her time in Key West, and how her thoughts changed by the end. Diaper gang was fun to read. Turtle’s cousins ran this gang with their friends. Setting of Key West and timeline of 1935 during great depression and time of Shirley Temple was well presented. Overall, Turtle in Paradise was lovely, heart warming, and entertaining graphic novel with amazing characters and setting. If you enjoy stories set in Key West, great depression timeline, kids and their pranks and adventure, I highly recommend this. Read full review - https://booksteacupreviews.com/2021/0...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

    Really cute and delightful little graphic novel. The art is lovely and the story is sweet and full of adventures. I recommend this for older kids/early middle grade and up, and definitely have passed this on for my spawn to read. 5/5 Cups of coffee from me, thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Murtaza Kuwarawala

    Title - Turtle in Paradise Author - Jennifer L Holm Genre - Historical Fiction Received an e-arc from Netgalley. Thank you Penguin Books Plot: The plot is pretty straightforward. Turtle in Paradise is the story of Turtle who is sent to her aunt's place since her mother is not allowed to bring kids at her workplace. Stuck between four other cousins who treats her as an outcast, Turtle tries to settle in Key West, Florida and make her place among them and come out her own shell. My Thoughts on the Boo Title - Turtle in Paradise Author - Jennifer L Holm Genre - Historical Fiction Received an e-arc from Netgalley. Thank you Penguin Books Plot: The plot is pretty straightforward. Turtle in Paradise is the story of Turtle who is sent to her aunt's place since her mother is not allowed to bring kids at her workplace. Stuck between four other cousins who treats her as an outcast, Turtle tries to settle in Key West, Florida and make her place among them and come out her own shell. My Thoughts on the Book: I haven't read the original novel that this graphic novel is based upon so I'm not sure how much of the book has been translated into pictures here. Though the illustrations are beautiful, the plot seemed to have lost at times while translating to graphics and hence a reader would feel lost as to what exactly is the author trying to convey. The book does have a strong second half which apparently lifts the overall book a notch. When one does read about the times that people went through those days, it does touch upon certain emotions that people would surely relate to. My Ratings - 🌟🌟🌟 💫(3.5 out of 5 stars)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cecelia

    Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel has one of the prettiest and most colorful book covers I’ve ever seen. And obviously, as a human (aka someone who judges books by their covers), I was drawn to it. I had never read a Jennifer L. Holm book before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this middle grade graphic novel, an adaptation of a book by the same name, illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau and colored by Lark Pien. It’s sweet, tart, and endearing – just like a Key lime pie. For Turtle, growing up in the S Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel has one of the prettiest and most colorful book covers I’ve ever seen. And obviously, as a human (aka someone who judges books by their covers), I was drawn to it. I had never read a Jennifer L. Holm book before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this middle grade graphic novel, an adaptation of a book by the same name, illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau and colored by Lark Pien. It’s sweet, tart, and endearing – just like a Key lime pie. For Turtle, growing up in the South during the Great Depression means that she’s used to uncertainty. She and her mother Sadiebelle (who has her head stuck firmly in the clouds) make due with any situation – even when Sadiebelle’s employer won’t allow children. So Turtle is shipped down to the Florida Keys to live with her cousins and aunt, whom she has never met before. Upon arrival, Turtle is alerted to the existence of a Diaper Gang, barefoot life, and other Conch (Florida Keys native) peculiarities. As she adjusts to life in the Keys, several mysteries unravel – and the only question remaining is: will Turtle finally find her home in Florida? Or will her mother eventually buy them a home in Georgia? Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel is a gem of a graphic novel – full of shenanigans, feisty cousins, hard-headed Turtle, and the ups and downs of extended family life. For Turtle, who has been an only child, and a practical one at that, it is an adjustment. Turtle’s experiences, illustrated in loving detail and color, are by turns laugh-out-loud funny, bittersweet, and charming. The book reads as a series of connected vignettes, slowly illuminating the mysteries of Turtle’s parentage and lineage, the will-she/won’t-she of being able to keep her cat Smokey, and the all-consuming effort to earn money so that she and her mother can have the sense of security that a home would bring. I loved the historical tidbits and worries that are particular to Turtle’s time. She’s a product of her upbringing: practical, clever, and able to fit in with any crowd, and yet she has soft spots: for her cat, for her crotchety old grandmother, and for her mother, a dreamer who left Key West and ended up a housekeeper. I also loved the illustrations! Especially those of activities that barely exist in the US any longer: sponge fishing, turtle harvesting, encyclopedia sales, and so on. Through this book, can feel both the heat and the ocean breeze of the 1930s Keys. I already adored Savanna Ganucheau’s art from her collaboration with Kevin Panetta in their YA graphic novel Bloom, but this collaboration with Holm and Pien is something special. Ganucheau renders her art digitally in Photoshop, and Holm’s big-eyed characters emote in such a lovely way with those eyes. The art and text combination evoked smells, tastes, visuals, auditory stimulus, and, of course, feeling. In addition, colorist Pien’s pastel sherbet palette of colors is evocative of sun-drenched days and bright light. The combination of all three? A delight. In all, Turtle in Paradise is a pearl, a peach, a star! of a graphic novel, and one that I enjoyed in one gulp. Recommended for: fans of historical fiction, anyone who likes Savanna Ganucheau’s art (Bloom!), and those ready for a summer-y middle grade read filled with poignant moments, à la This One Summer and Be Prepared.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Cooke

    A true treasure of a story…pirate treasure, that is! Learning about your family, meeting new people, coming out of your shell; these are all things that Turtle has face in this tale and Jenni Holm and Savanna Ganucheau perfectly set the scene along with warm pastel colours that evoke a southern summer in the Keys. For fans of This One Summer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Flanagin

    I truly enjoyed reading the book that goes to this graphic novel and reading the graphic version was the same. Great story!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    I haven’t read the book that this is based on but I really enjoyed it! The artwork was very nice and I loved the story. I will definitely be recommending this one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen Parisot

    A graphic novel for middle-grade readers. The story is centered around eleven year old Turtle who is sent to live with her aunt in Key West. She doesn’t receive the warmest of welcomes, at least from her family. It takes awhile before her cousins and their little gang accept Turtle. Turtle has a lot of adventures and learns a few things too in this appealing tale before finally finding her home. This book is an adaptation of a 2011 Newberry Honor book of the same name. It’s about family and frie A graphic novel for middle-grade readers. The story is centered around eleven year old Turtle who is sent to live with her aunt in Key West. She doesn’t receive the warmest of welcomes, at least from her family. It takes awhile before her cousins and their little gang accept Turtle. Turtle has a lot of adventures and learns a few things too in this appealing tale before finally finding her home. This book is an adaptation of a 2011 Newberry Honor book of the same name. It’s about family and friendship and a little bit about the Key West Conchs. I enjoyed the story and its colorful graphics and found the notes by the author and illustrator to be an interesting addition to the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I always love Jennifer Holm’s work.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    thewanderingjew

    Turtle in Paradise, The Graphic Novel, Jennifer L. Holm, Savanna Ganucheau Sadie is Turtle’s mom. She is working as a housekeeper, hoping to save enough money to buy a home for them. It could be a pipe dream, but Sadie believes in her fantasies. She has a beau named Archie. Because her employer doesn’t like kids, she sends Turtle to live with her sister Minerva, in Florida. When she arrives with her cat Smokey, the welcome is less than friendly as the children and her aunt did not know she was co Turtle in Paradise, The Graphic Novel, Jennifer L. Holm, Savanna Ganucheau Sadie is Turtle’s mom. She is working as a housekeeper, hoping to save enough money to buy a home for them. It could be a pipe dream, but Sadie believes in her fantasies. She has a beau named Archie. Because her employer doesn’t like kids, she sends Turtle to live with her sister Minerva, in Florida. When she arrives with her cat Smokey, the welcome is less than friendly as the children and her aunt did not know she was coming. They are poor and live a hardscrabble life, and she is an added burden. Turtle is eleven years old and is just discovering that she has three boy cousins, a grandmother and an aunt and uncle she really doesn’t know. Her grandmother has a reputation of being a mean old lady, but an accident robbed her of her ability to yell at everyone so she is pretty helpless now. Turtle is smart. She knows that life is tough, and sometimes she is, too, so she is kind to her grandmother and helps her awaken her own kind side. Her cousins are sometimes cruel to others, but they also have a good side. Turtle joins them babysitting for “bad babies”. They babysit for candy because no one there has any money. They change the diapers, use their own secret formula to heal the baby’s bums, and take them for rides in their wagon to put them to sleep. They also, however, play pranks on people and think it is funny when they are frightened. They have two sides too. The children go in search of a lost pirate’s treasure. When their boat disappears, they are stranded with a storm approaching. It turns out to be a good learning experience for all of them. They have to face their fears. Everyone can make a mistake. It seems that once you get to know someone, you discover that even mean people can be nice, that some people are smarter than others but everyone can contribute, and that there are a few people who are simply bad and take advantage of others. They learn to really care about each other and their friends as they begin to understand that most people are worthy of respect. The book gently exposes children to the travails of life. Infirmity, dishonesty and cruelty are among them. The ultimate moral of the tale is that life will not always turn out the way you want it to, but things have a way of working out, one way or another. The children face their fears and overcome them. The adults learn to deal with their sorrows. Mistakes are forgiven. Kindness prevails. Sometimes the language and grammar in this graphic novel is too graphic. Sometimes the subject matter that concerns cruel pranks, stealing or misplaced anger, misses the opportunity of that teaching moment to encourage ethical and moral behavior. In the end, however, the appropriate lessons seemed learned. The story is deftly handled so that the value of hard work and the comfort of feeling wanted and loved are front and center. Kindness, sharing, and genuine love and concern won in the end, in this middle grade novel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel by Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau is a delightful middle-grade children's book that has been turned into an equally delightful graphic novel. When I was reading this book, I was impressed by the story, which involves a girl nicknamed Turtle who moves to Key West, Florida to live with family members who she has never met when her mother gets a new job. The story reminded me of th Thank you to the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel by Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau is a delightful middle-grade children's book that has been turned into an equally delightful graphic novel. When I was reading this book, I was impressed by the story, which involves a girl nicknamed Turtle who moves to Key West, Florida to live with family members who she has never met when her mother gets a new job. The story reminded me of the wonder and humor in classic children's book like Little Women, and Turtle's grit and determination reminded of characters in books that I loved growing up like the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary or other books like Betsy Byars. I can see why so many people enjoyed the original novel. I also greatly enjoyed the art in this graphic novel. I felt like it was manga-inspired without turning into a manga itself. I was reminded of the art styles in the universally-acclaimed Studio Ghibli films Kiki's Delivery Service and When Marnie was There, two of my favorite children's movies based off of books. The art is clean, and the colors are warm and captivating. Overall, Turtle in Paradise is a heart-warming coming of age story. Overall, this book would be the perfect gift for the middle-grade girl in your life. If you're intrigued by the description or if you know someone who loves reading graphic novels, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in June!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Jennifer Holm’s 2010 novel, Turtle in Paradise, was a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee and a favorite among middle grade readers of historical and realistic fiction. It is full of humor, interesting characters, historical references, and warms a reader’s heart. The graphic novel adaptation does all of that but adds the extra layer of artistic representation that only that format can and is well done by illustrator Savanna Ganucheau. Story summaries for the book abound, but those leave out the stro Jennifer Holm’s 2010 novel, Turtle in Paradise, was a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee and a favorite among middle grade readers of historical and realistic fiction. It is full of humor, interesting characters, historical references, and warms a reader’s heart. The graphic novel adaptation does all of that but adds the extra layer of artistic representation that only that format can and is well done by illustrator Savanna Ganucheau. Story summaries for the book abound, but those leave out the strong literary elements present: diverse personalities among the main characters allowing for character mapping and compare/contrast opportunities, clear plot progression and well-established setting, plus many events that are easily described using cause & effect vocabulary. For libraries looking to offer a book with great literary merit, like Craft’s New Kid or Jamison’s Roller Girl, to their graphic novel-loving patrons, this is a terrific “first choice” book when you make out your next order! Like the traditional format, this version of Turtle in Paradise is free of profanity, sexual content, and the only violence is that done by a hurricane and a briefly described episode of animal cruelty. Thanks for the dARC, NetGalley and Edelweiss.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I thought this graphic novel adaptation was mostly very true to the original novel, and did a great job bringing to life the setting of the Florida Keys. I don't know that I loved the illustrative style of the people, however. While the illustrator took great pains to dress the characters in the style of the day, the faces seemed a little too manga-inspired. I would have liked a bit more of an authentic style for the I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I thought this graphic novel adaptation was mostly very true to the original novel, and did a great job bringing to life the setting of the Florida Keys. I don't know that I loved the illustrative style of the people, however. While the illustrator took great pains to dress the characters in the style of the day, the faces seemed a little too manga-inspired. I would have liked a bit more of an authentic style for the people. Additionally, there are some situations in which I feel like a person who has not read the original novel might be confused, or not get the full emotional impact of the situation. For example, when the kids are trapped in the shack on the island during the hurricane, I felt like that scene in the book was very suspenseful and wrought with emotion, however, in the graphic novel, it was not nearly as nerve-wrecking. Similarly, I feel like the relationship between Slow Poke, Turtle, and Turtle's mom was better developed and explained in the book, and kids reading the graphic novel will have to infer more, and might miss what is being implied. Overall, I felt like it was a good adaptation, but I feel like a few more panels in certain situations would have made it more complete.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I first saw this graphic novel being advertised online and was interested due to the Key West, Florida setting as someone living in South Florida. At that point I was not aware this was a graphic novel adaptation, but was aware of Jennifer L. Holm’s previous graphic novel work. So I knew, based off previous graphic novels, that this book was likely to be a winner. Learning that the graphic novel is based on a Newbery Honor Winner only cemented this. The story takes place in 1935 and follows a l I first saw this graphic novel being advertised online and was interested due to the Key West, Florida setting as someone living in South Florida. At that point I was not aware this was a graphic novel adaptation, but was aware of Jennifer L. Holm’s previous graphic novel work. So I knew, based off previous graphic novels, that this book was likely to be a winner. Learning that the graphic novel is based on a Newbery Honor Winner only cemented this. The story takes place in 1935 and follows a little girl, Turtle, sent to live with her Aunt and cousins in Key West. Turtle can no longer stay with her Mother, who is employed as a maid in a wealthy home where children are not welcomed. This is a big change for Turtle, who is used to living with her dreamy Mother on their own. Now, she is dealing with her harried Aunt, her three boy cousins, and her cousins many friends. Fortunately, after a rough beginning Turtle learns to make Key West her home. I cannot judge the book based on its original text, but the graphic novel is a phenomenal read. The adaptation appears to have been done quite competently. The illustrations are colorful and fit the setting of Key West well. While the story is historical fiction, it manages to feel relevant. So, children will not feel disconnected from the story due to the time period. In addition, if they do enjoy historical fiction, they will especially like the notes at the end of the book. The end notes include information about the authors family, of which the book is loosely based on and includes pictures. I would recommend this book to those who would appreciate the setting (especially my readers in Florida), anyone who enjoys historical fiction, and graphic novel lovers. (Thank you to Random House for the ARC of this book.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for the eARC. Turtle in Paradise is a graphic novel based upon the book with the same title and author. I was initially attracted to this book because of the popular success of the original story as well as the fact that author, Jennifer L. Holm, has become a very successful graphic novel author in the last several years. Turtle in Paradise takes place in 1935 when the main character, Turtle, is sent to Florida to live with her aunt and cousins Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for the eARC. Turtle in Paradise is a graphic novel based upon the book with the same title and author. I was initially attracted to this book because of the popular success of the original story as well as the fact that author, Jennifer L. Holm, has become a very successful graphic novel author in the last several years. Turtle in Paradise takes place in 1935 when the main character, Turtle, is sent to Florida to live with her aunt and cousins while her mom cleans house for a woman who does not like kids. Turtle’s life in Key West starts out rough - she doesn’t have the warmest welcome and her cousins (all boys who run the “Diaper Gang”) don’t have much interest in letting her in their home. Turtle eventually settles in and learns to lean on her family. I think this was a great adaptation of the original story. There were a few parts that I felt were cut short (hence the 4/5 stars), but overall I think this story was well done. The graphics and writing were great. I will definitely be purchasing this for my library once it becomes available.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Adapted from Jennifer L. Holm’s best-selling novel of the same name, Turtle is sent away to live with her Aunt Minnie in Key West. Having never met her extended family, Turtle is introduced to her rowdy boy cousins and their baby-sitting business called the Diaper Gang. Life has been tough for Turtle, but the friendships and relationships she forms in Key West will have her coming out of her shell. Set in the 30s during an economic depression when most people were desperate for a job. I truly ad Adapted from Jennifer L. Holm’s best-selling novel of the same name, Turtle is sent away to live with her Aunt Minnie in Key West. Having never met her extended family, Turtle is introduced to her rowdy boy cousins and their baby-sitting business called the Diaper Gang. Life has been tough for Turtle, but the friendships and relationships she forms in Key West will have her coming out of her shell. Set in the 30s during an economic depression when most people were desperate for a job. I truly admire the children’s hustle in the story with their Diaper Gang business. The story and the characters were very lovable, even Turtle’s rude cousin, Beans. I love how the characters in the story had such funny and interesting nicknames like Turtle and Too Bad and Slow Poke. The expressive illustrations and vibrant colors are amazing. You really feel like you are on an island on Key West. I haven’t read the novel, but I absolutely recommend the graphic novel. Adults and children will love this heartwarming story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pat Trattles

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Let me start by saying I am not a particular fan of the graphic novel format because it does not allow the reader to fully appreciate the nuances of the story and get a full picture of character development. But I requested this book because I am a fan of the author. And I was not disappointed. When Turtle’s mother, Sadiebelle, takes a housekeeping job where no kids are allowed, Turtle is sent to live with relatives she’s never met. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Let me start by saying I am not a particular fan of the graphic novel format because it does not allow the reader to fully appreciate the nuances of the story and get a full picture of character development. But I requested this book because I am a fan of the author. And I was not disappointed. When Turtle’s mother, Sadiebelle, takes a housekeeping job where no kids are allowed, Turtle is sent to live with relatives she’s never met. As her aunt and boy cousins have no idea she is coming, Turtle’s reception is less than welcoming. Set during the depression in Key West, Florida, Turtle slowly adapts, coming out of her shell to embrace her new-found family. I had not read the original novel before reading this graphic novel adaptation. But because I want to delve more deeply into Turtle’s problems and character development, it is now on my list to do so.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    * reviewed from uncorrected eARC via netgalley * children's graphic novel - historical fiction (1935 Key West, FL) Holm's historical novel (loosely based on stories from her grandmother, and a lot of imagination) is beautifully converted into graphic format by the exceptionally talented Savanna Ganucheau (from the acclaimed graphic novel Bloom). Chapters are short and the story moves along very quickly - recommended for any kids who are into the graphic format. * reviewed from uncorrected eARC via netgalley * children's graphic novel - historical fiction (1935 Key West, FL) Holm's historical novel (loosely based on stories from her grandmother, and a lot of imagination) is beautifully converted into graphic format by the exceptionally talented Savanna Ganucheau (from the acclaimed graphic novel Bloom). Chapters are short and the story moves along very quickly - recommended for any kids who are into the graphic format.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    A gorgeously-drawn graphic novel about life in Key West in the 1930s. Turtle is a cynic, but her mom, Sadiebelle, is a dreamer who believes in Hollywood endings. When Sadiebelle takes a job as a housekeeper with a woman who hates children, Turtle is sent to live with her aunt and her family in Key West. At first, Key West is awful - it's hot, there's scorpions, everybody is everybody else's cousin, the house is packed full of boy cousins, and her aunt Minerva is always in a bad mood. So Turtle f A gorgeously-drawn graphic novel about life in Key West in the 1930s. Turtle is a cynic, but her mom, Sadiebelle, is a dreamer who believes in Hollywood endings. When Sadiebelle takes a job as a housekeeper with a woman who hates children, Turtle is sent to live with her aunt and her family in Key West. At first, Key West is awful - it's hot, there's scorpions, everybody is everybody else's cousin, the house is packed full of boy cousins, and her aunt Minerva is always in a bad mood. So Turtle finds herself living the life of a free range Conch child - helping out with her cousins' babysitting scheme, catching sponges with a guy who used to know her mom, making lunch for mean little old ladies, digging for pirate treasure...A fantastic graphic-novel version of the novel.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bexa

    This was just a fun read. Turtle's mother is a housekeeper, but the most recent lady doesn't want children in her home. Turtle is shipped down to Key West to live with her aunt and collection of cousins, all who run around barefoot and seem to be related to everyone else. Her cousins are called the Diaper Gang because they take care of babies and have the best remedy for diaper rash. Turtle doesn't really get along with them, but also gets completely along with them. As they have adventures, Tur This was just a fun read. Turtle's mother is a housekeeper, but the most recent lady doesn't want children in her home. Turtle is shipped down to Key West to live with her aunt and collection of cousins, all who run around barefoot and seem to be related to everyone else. Her cousins are called the Diaper Gang because they take care of babies and have the best remedy for diaper rash. Turtle doesn't really get along with them, but also gets completely along with them. As they have adventures, Turtle realizes that she likes having more than just her mom in her family. The ending is sad but still sweet and hopeful. Filled with bright colors, emotions, and excitement, this is a great historical fiction graphic novel for any middle schooler.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    I read the original book a few years back and was very excited to see this in graphic novel form! This story is just perfect for the adaptation! Based on stories in her family, Ms Holms book just comes to life in this form! I loved the original. I love this one even more! I am planning on purchasing it for every 10-11 year old in my family. I am sure it will become a favorite of theirs, too. The illustrations art work just as I pictured they would be from the book. Lovely art kudos Savanna Gabue I read the original book a few years back and was very excited to see this in graphic novel form! This story is just perfect for the adaptation! Based on stories in her family, Ms Holms book just comes to life in this form! I loved the original. I love this one even more! I am planning on purchasing it for every 10-11 year old in my family. I am sure it will become a favorite of theirs, too. The illustrations art work just as I pictured they would be from the book. Lovely art kudos Savanna Gabuecheau and Lark Pien; You made the story pop! I received an advance copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for a fair review. Thank you!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lenoire

    It's 1935, and eleven-year-old Turtle knows that life will never go as one expects it. She knows better than to expect a Hollywood ending. She knows that money and opportunity is scarce. When her mother gets a job as a housekeeper, Turtle is sent to live with her relatives in Florida. Florida is not what Turtle expected and before long, Turtle starts to come out of her shell. The graphic novel was beautiful illustrated with bright vibrant colors. The story is sweet and heart breaking at time but, It's 1935, and eleven-year-old Turtle knows that life will never go as one expects it. She knows better than to expect a Hollywood ending. She knows that money and opportunity is scarce. When her mother gets a job as a housekeeper, Turtle is sent to live with her relatives in Florida. Florida is not what Turtle expected and before long, Turtle starts to come out of her shell. The graphic novel was beautiful illustrated with bright vibrant colors. The story is sweet and heart breaking at time but, a cute read. Personally, I like graphic novels with humor so, I didn't really care for this story too much. I might be opened to reading other graphic novels by the author.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Harris

    I should start by saying I have never read the book that this graphic novel is about but I did really enjoy this. I thought the story was really sweet and heart breaking and places. I enjoyed following Turtle on her adventures and seeing what her and the boys got up to. The art style was also really good. I thought it was adorable and bright in a way that really fit the story. This book is a great addition to the graphic novel classic collection. I am looking forward to its physical release. T I should start by saying I have never read the book that this graphic novel is about but I did really enjoy this. I thought the story was really sweet and heart breaking and places. I enjoyed following Turtle on her adventures and seeing what her and the boys got up to. The art style was also really good. I thought it was adorable and bright in a way that really fit the story. This book is a great addition to the graphic novel classic collection. I am looking forward to its physical release. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the early review copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it. The story of a young girl from New Jersey who is sent to live with family in the Florida Keys. There she meets family she never knew she had, including cousins and a grandmother, She is biding her time waiting for her mother to get her so they can start a new life. The art in this graphic novel version is really good. The layout is simple, making it easy to read and follow along. I'd recommend this for children 3rd grade and up, looking for I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it. The story of a young girl from New Jersey who is sent to live with family in the Florida Keys. There she meets family she never knew she had, including cousins and a grandmother, She is biding her time waiting for her mother to get her so they can start a new life. The art in this graphic novel version is really good. The layout is simple, making it easy to read and follow along. I'd recommend this for children 3rd grade and up, looking for a story about friends, adventure, and family. (Read a digital ARC via Netgalley.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Revisiting a beloved favorite children’s book in graphic novel form was an absolute joy. I loved getting to return to Key West with Turtle and the Diaper Gang. My only criticism is that the original novel is so beloved to me, that the quick nature of reading a graphic novel doesn't allow you to savor the story as much as you can when you read a prose novel. But, getting to actually visuals definitely gives the reading experience something new and different. There are benefits of both reading exp Revisiting a beloved favorite children’s book in graphic novel form was an absolute joy. I loved getting to return to Key West with Turtle and the Diaper Gang. My only criticism is that the original novel is so beloved to me, that the quick nature of reading a graphic novel doesn't allow you to savor the story as much as you can when you read a prose novel. But, getting to actually visuals definitely gives the reading experience something new and different. There are benefits of both reading experiences.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Masterson

    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this eARC. I have never read the full text version of Turtle in Paradise, although many of my patrons love it and use it for their historical fiction project in middle school. When I saw a graphic novel version, I knew I wanted to read it. I struggled with the version sent to me, only because it was all black and white. I look forward to seeing the color version! The story is easy to follow, and very readable. I read this in one sitting and enjoyed it. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this eARC. I have never read the full text version of Turtle in Paradise, although many of my patrons love it and use it for their historical fiction project in middle school. When I saw a graphic novel version, I knew I wanted to read it. I struggled with the version sent to me, only because it was all black and white. I look forward to seeing the color version! The story is easy to follow, and very readable. I read this in one sitting and enjoyed it. I’ll be recommending this to my patrons who enjoy realistic graphic novels.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received an ARC of this title for a fair review: I was really drawn to this graphic novel because of the bright colors on the cover. Turtle is a young girl who is being sent away to live with her aunt in the key west. Her aunt already has 4 rambunctious boys and a MIA husband to worry about, but still takes Turtle in. The climate, the people, and event he animals are different in the key west and Turtle takes her time adjusting. Eventually she finds a way to fit into the chaos until her Mama can I received an ARC of this title for a fair review: I was really drawn to this graphic novel because of the bright colors on the cover. Turtle is a young girl who is being sent away to live with her aunt in the key west. Her aunt already has 4 rambunctious boys and a MIA husband to worry about, but still takes Turtle in. The climate, the people, and event he animals are different in the key west and Turtle takes her time adjusting. Eventually she finds a way to fit into the chaos until her Mama can come and get her again. a fun slightly historical fiction feel

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