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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Sweet T and the Turtle Team: Book 3 of the Sweet T Tales by Cat Michaels is a charming story that revolves around Tara, or Sweet T as she is called by her family, and the adventure and mystery that surround her during her time at Gull Island. Tara is feeling lonely sitting on her Great-Aunt Mae’s porch and she misses her older sister, Kristen, who stayed behind with their father. Her younger sister, Jenna, and her mother, and Jenna’s stuffed rabbit, Fuzzy, are there with her. She finds the children on the North Carolina island polite but different from her pals at home. Mama knows life is different on the island. Her Great-Aunt Mae lives a hop and a skip away from the beach. The girls' mother is involved in a special project with the Gull Island Aquarium and that is the reason why they are all there.
The story has mystery, excitement, wildlife, adventure, turtles, pelicans, family, and friendship. The topic of conservation of turtles and their nests has been knitted in very well, helping readers understand more about turtles, their nests, eggs, and hatching. Texts from Kristen are educational and informative and make the story attractive, and the manner in which these are shared with readers is unique. All the characters - Billy, Tara, Jenna, Great-Aunt Mae, and Mama - are fun and well sketched, making them memorable to readers. The watercolor illustrations are bright and summery and they make the story, scenes, and characters vivid. It is a good story for read aloud sessions in classrooms because of its contents and the social causes it deals with. The story has layers to it and not only addresses ocean conservation, environmental issues, and wildlife, but also overcoming dyslexia and bullying. The author does an excellent job weaving in social issues and life lessons through this story.