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Surviving adolescence is hard anywhere and five 10-year-old best friends try to survive a summer of bullies, parents with substance abuse issues, broken homes … crime … social workers… thieves … slumlords … and poverty. These five try to navigate all these pitfalls in a most unexpected way. Working in the sheltered garden of whom they always thought was just a mean, strange old lady. A woman of very few words, Miss Dirt Turtle lays a path of “foundation” – starting with the earth around them.
What People Say
Miss Dirt Turtle’s Garden Club made me giggle and also cry real tears. The authentically diverse cast of characters captured my heart as they morphed from wise-cracking kids to a caring and inspired group of go-getters, making this treasured tome the total package. —Book review by jv poore for Goodreads
The latch-key children in Miss Dirt Turtle’s Garden Club could easily fall into despair in their urban-blight neighborhood surrounded by bullies and addicted kin. But watchful elders steer them toward beauty and hope, and teach them (and us) about the transforming power of kindness.—Marie Manilla, Author The Patron Saint of Ugly
The power of compassion, community and shared experience runs deep through Daniel Boyd's book - along with a surprising amount of genuine emotion and inspiration.—Robert Tinnell, Writer/Director Feast of the Seven Fishes