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Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel



by
Jennifer L. Holm
illustrated by
Savanna Ganucheau

Edition
Library edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
RH Graphic
ISBN
9780593126318
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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.Author’s note, with photographs. “Making the Art of Turtle in Paradise with Savanna Ganucheau.” Full-color digital illustrations created with Photoshop. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

256

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Graphic Novels

Topics

Cousins. Family life. Adventure and adventurers. Great Depression, 1929. Key West, Florida. Twentieth-century US history. Relatives. Summer. Graphic-novel adaptations. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-8–Don’t feel too sorry for Turtle. She might be resentful and fearful about being sent to live with her aunt and cousins while her mother takes a job that doesn’t allow kids, but, as it turns out, the dusty, sun-drenched Florida Keys are just the place to ride out the Great Depression, especially once she teams up with her ­rascally cousin Beans and his pals, the Diaper Gang (so named for their babysitting prowess). Holm’s classic summer novel, full of pranks, peril, mystery, and discovery, gets a beautiful graphic novel treatment that if anything improves upon the original. Turtle’s smart, irritable, fully rounded personality puts her in the same class as New Kid’s Jordan Banks and My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich’s Ebony-Grace Norfleet. Readers will enjoy tagging along with Turtle as she gets to know her mother’s family, explores the wonders of the Keys, and becomes part of the fabric of the town. Gorgeous flora and period architecture establish a firm sense of place, while scenes that take place on the water are awash in turquoise blue. A bleached-pastel palette, confident linework, and manga-influenced exaggerated expressions lend scenes of ­unfamiliar historical activities like dragging babies around in a wagon a contemporary quality. Turtle and her family are white. VERDICT 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.–Paula ­Willey, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-8–Don’t feel too sorry for Turtle. She might be resentful and fearful about being sent to live with her aunt and cousins while her mother takes a job that doesn’t allow kids, but, as it turns out, the dusty, sun-drenched Florida Keys are just the place to ride out the Great Depression, especially once she teams up with her ­rascally cousin Beans and his pals, the Diaper Gang (so named for their babysitting prowess). Holm’s classic summer novel, full of pranks, peril, mystery, and discovery, gets a beautiful graphic novel treatment that if anything improves upon the original. Turtle’s smart, irritable, fully rounded personality puts her in the same class as New Kid’s Jordan Banks and My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich’s Ebony-Grace Norfleet. Readers will enjoy tagging along with Turtle as she gets to know her mother’s family, explores the wonders of the Keys, and becomes part of the fabric of the town. Gorgeous flora and period architecture establish a firm sense of place, while scenes that take place on the water are awash in turquoise blue. A bleached-pastel palette, confident linework, and manga-influenced exaggerated expressions lend scenes of ­unfamiliar historical activities like dragging babies around in a wagon a contemporary quality. Turtle and her family are white. VERDICT 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.–Paula ­Willey, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore

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