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About the Book
Author: Cat Michaels
Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: 2101 Ink
Number of Pages: 72
Recommended Ages: 6 to 11
Summary: It’s nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles on North Carolina's Gull Island. Nine-year old Tara (or Sweet T as her family sometimes calls her) is determined to see hatchlings make it safely from their nests to their ocean home.Summering on Gull Island with Great Aunt Mae could be tons of fun, but T is having a hard time making new friends with island children, let alone finding kids to help her monitor a sea turtle nest.There’s little sister Jenna, but Jenna is, well, little. Fuzzy is around, too, but Jenna’s blue stuffy rabbit gets lost all the time. Besides, a toy bunny can’t help protect turtle nests.Tara befriends Billy, a moody island child. He teaches her skimboarding and shows her the best shelling spots. But Billy stomps away when she asks him to read the “Turtle Team Guide” and join her in saving baby sea turtles. What’s up with Billy? He’s nice one minute and grumpy the next. And why does he refuse to join T’s Turtle Team? T can't figure him out. A tropical storm threatens Gull Island just as the sea turtle nest is ready to hatch. T must abandon the nest and prepare for bad weather.
- Will Sweet T and her friends keep safe from the storm?
- Will the sea turtle nest survive angry ocean waves?
- Will Billy reveal his secret?
Promotional posts were shared by:
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Grab the Book
Baby Boomer Bliss
Raising Kids of Gratitude
Several bloggers shared excerpts:
Java John Z’s
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima
Peggy’s Hope 4U
One Blogger even interviewed Sweet T!
A Wildflower Mom
13 Bloggers posted reviews!
Here's what they had to say...
"The book’s treasures don’t end when the charming and educational story is finished. Ms. Michaels' added discussion questions for the readers to answer to ensure they understood and retained the story. She also added a glossary of abbreviations used when texting, a glossary of story related terms and a photo gallery of a real sea turtle nest and hatchlings. I love and highly recommend this story!" - PJ LaRue
"The author teaches in a creative manner about the natural world and its hazards that her intended audience will find appealing. Intermittent chapters of text conversation to and from T’s older sister, back home, make a clever and relevant addition. Bonus photos, videos, mind ticklers and so much more are included after the story, for further enrichment. Soft watercolor illustrations add a nostalgic charm to the tale." - Untamed Doodler
"I highly recommend this book for readers young and old." - Meg’s Blog
"Sweet T and the Turtle Team is an absolutely adorable book about lots of things that young readers will love: turtles, island life, wildlife and how we can help, friendship, family, and being there for each other. Author Cat Michaels very cleverly weaves both wildlife information and doing the right thing into the story without bogging the young reader down with too many details, or coming across as preachy. I have to mention the stunning illustrations! The images of the wildlife in particular (not forgetting Fuzzy, who has a couple of pics of his own) just make the story come to life and help draw young readers into the chain of events, as well as clarifying wildlife details." - Word Magic: All About Books
"I recommend this short chapter summer adventure to all kids who love the beach, sea creatures and fuzzy stuffed animals. The story is not only entertaining, it provides ample opportunity to learn and discover through social interactions and environmental awareness. I give this gorgeous new release 5 out of 5 star (fish)." - Sandra Bennett, Author
"Great characters readers can relate to. Entertaining way to teach readers about sea turtles."
- Kay LaLone
"This beginning chapter book targeted for children ages seven through eleven is well-written and engaging. The soft watercolor illustrations are pleasant and soothing. I recommend this book as the perfect summertime read." - Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog
"Sweet T and the Turtle Team is an early chapter book teaching the values of friendship, acceptance, and caring for the environment." - Amanda’s Books & More
"The characters are interesting and there is great information about sea turtles too. The language is simple and the storyline is easy to follow. A great read for children aged 6 to 11." - Stitch Says
"Kids who love learning something while diving into a gentler adventure are sure to enjoy this book. It's also great for classroom settings and home schoolers, thanks to all of the extra tidbits and various angles the book takes. Especially kids eight to ten will enjoy this read." - Bookworm for Kids
"The story and illustrations will entertain and delight the young ones over and over again." - Fundinmental
"Sweet T and the Turtle Team has it all: a great story, nice illustrations, and an opportunity for children to learn about turtle nests and dyslexia. At the end, it has photos of baby turtles, questions to answer, and a glossary of text terms." - Bound 4 Escape
"This book blends fictitious characters, places, and events with facts about ocean life. It brings home the message that everyone has different talents and that you can be good at some things but not others. The gorgeous watercolour illustrations by Irene A. Jahns lend an old-fashioned charm to the story. Not so old-fashioned are the illustrated texts from T's other sister, Kristen, who stays home with Dad. These texts help speed the story along by providing a summary of the action." - Books Direct
Tara (Sweet T), her sister Jenna, and their mom are spending the summer on Gull Island at their Great Aunt Mae's house. Tara misses her friends back home as she struggles to make friends on the island. So far the only excitement has been the countless times Jenna's stuffed rabbit, Fuzzy, goes missing, but that's all about to change. When Tara's mom needs a Turtle Team to protect the baby turtle nests along the beach Tara jumps at the chance. Eventually she even convinces other island kids to help, but the baby turtles aren't in the clear yet as tropical storm Parker approaches. Do Tara and the Turtle Team have what it takes?
Cat Michaels does an incredible job of creating an exciting tale in a short chapter book. The characters develop a great deal from beginning to end. Working as a team the children learn acceptance of others, forge a special bond, and discover that everyone can make a difference. The author also touches on the topics of bullying and dyslexia and uses her strong character, Sweet T, to uncover creative solutions.
The illustrations are stunning. I found myself mesmerized with the amazing detailed watercolors found throughout the book.
The extra activities with videos and quizzes at the end of the story help instill the lessons learned from Sweet T and her friends.
Kudos to Cat Michaels for a job well done! I highly recommend Sweet T and the Turtle Team.
About the Author
Her chapter books and Sweet T Tales series for beginning readers tell of every day life with a twist of magic and mischief. Cat’s books encourage young and reluctant readers to use their imagination and solve kid-sized dilemmas as they enjoy reading.
Cat lives in North Carolina with her family, where she enjoys digital photography and graphic design, creates pocket gardens, works out as often as she can, and writes.