Jennifer L. Holm

Cindy Seip

Jennifer L. Holm is the author of three Newbery Honor books: Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise, a tale inspired by her family stories, including those of Holm’s great-grandmother, who emigrated from the Bahamas to Key West in 1897. Holm is also the author of several other highly praised books, including Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf and the Babymouse graphic novel series, on which she collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm. Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel (Random House Graphic) is an adaptation of her beloved bestselling novel with comic artist Savanna Ganucheau. 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. When events at home push her to go to Florida to live with relatives, she finds her new surroundings to be like nothing she’s ever seen before, and maybe even a little bit fun. And before she knows what’s happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of her shell. Kirkus celebrated it as a “lively adaptation certain to entertain readers old and new.”