Will loves turtles but hates it when kids call him Turtle Boy. He also hates hospitals. So why does Will’s mom think visiting a kid in the hospital will help bring him out of his shell — and what if he’d rather stay in it?
Ages 11+
Pages 391
Publisher Penguin Random House
Coming May 2021
Junior Library Guild Selection
PJ Our Way Author Incentive Award Winner
Sydney Taylor Gold Medal Winner
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For fans of Wonder!

Review by Ally

If you like the books Wonder and One for the Murphys, then this is the kind of book for you. It's about a boy named Will who faces a lot of challenges in his life. Then he comes down to a decision: betray his friend who may not have so long left or step out of his comfort zone to make his friend’s dreams come true. What will he choose?

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Great book about friendship

Review by StuG

Turtle Boy is a great book about friendship. Will is the main character who deals with health problems, bullies, and a lot of fear. Will meets RJ in the hospital, he has his own health issues. Eventually these two people come together and overcome challenges.

Jan 12, 2022 07:44 PM
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So amazing

Review by echubin

This is my favorite book. It's so sweet. I cried, I laughed, I smiled. Turtles are my favorite animal but aside from that this book is so amazing. The main character struggles with mental health issues and with the help of a friend he overcomes it. Be prepared to cry is your emotional.

Jan 05, 2022 09:02 PM
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Loved it!

Review by Ilovemeccano

Such a good book definitely recommend it.

Jan 04, 2022 08:52 AM
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Sad but good

Review by Parpar

This was a sad story with a happy ending.

Jan 04, 2022 12:48 AM
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"Turtle Boy" is a MUST read!!

Review by starfish1308

"Turtle Boy" is an outstanding novel. The main character is a young boy nicknamed “Turtle Boy.” He was given this name because he loves turtles, but also, he seems to never come out of his shell. In the beginning of the novel, we learn that Turtle Boy is Jewish and will be celebrating his Bar Mitzvah soon. His whole life changes when his rabbi tells him that he must do 36 hours of community service to prepare for his Bar Mitzvah. Many people are unable to relate to a shy child and reading about the experiences from Turtle Boy's point of view, was truly a game changer. I recommend reading "Turtle Boy" because it has a great lesson in the end, and the main characters’ development in the story was magical.

Jan 03, 2022 10:36 PM