Turtle's mother has been a housekeeper for years. Generally, Turtle manages to get along in each new house. But her mother's new job does not permit children. So, Turtle's mother packs her off to live with her aunt in the Florida Keys. The year is 1935 and the country is still in the middle of the Depression. Work is hard to find, many are worse off than Turtle. Turtle arrives in the keys and discovers a totally different way of life. It takes her some time to adapt to the people, to the weather, to the culture.
What Holm does so skilfully here is create a flesh and blood cast of characters who are idiosyncratic, irascible, and sometimes illogical. From the "hardened" Turtle to her cousin Beans, her newly found grandmother, and the rest of the Diaper Gang, these are people who breathe life into the historical setting. Never does the time period overwhelm the heart of the book: the essential place family has on our lives.
READING LADDER RUNGS:
BLOOMABILITY (and other Sharon Creech books)
OUT OF THE DUST
NO PROMISES IN THE WIND
OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA