I enjoyed listening to this book. Until I was well into it, I didn’t know it took place before Turtle in Paradise. While sometimes this was a bit off, because I knew things that would happen later, it also answered some of the questions I had at the end of the other story. I love the original nicknames and finding out how they got them. Key West is one of my favorite places to visit and this story about saving it during the depression and creating a tourist hot spot was very interesting. I could guess who certain people were before they were named, such as Hemingway and Frost, and I just knew that the crazy guy in his underwear was actually wearing Bermuda shorts. While it is true that guilt sometimes is its own punishment, I found Beans story to be enjoyable and watching how life changed kept my interest. I almost wish she had written some more books with this outlandish cast of children. It would be fun to see how they grew up and where life led them.
Newbery Honor Book Turtle in Paradise is beloved by readers, and now they can return to this wonderful world through the eyes of Turtle’s cousin Beans. Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans know for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs(that means “locals”) in all of Key West. Not that Beans really minds, it’s 1934, the middle of the Great Depression. With no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, Beans isn’t anyone’s fool. In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.