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ISBN13: 9780316041362
ISBN10: 031604136x
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When 10-year-old Allie learns that her family will be moving from a two-family home to their very own house, she's hesitant until she finds out they will be living on a street with the magical name of Strawberry Hill. That changes everything! But strawberries aren't the only things Allie will have to look for in her new neighborhood. As Allie struggles to find a new "best friend" and adjust to all of the changes she faces, she takes readers on her journey to make Strawberry Hill feel like home.

Strawberry Hill is a timeless story that will captivate readers, just as Mary Ann Hoberman's picture books and poems have for more than fifty years.

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"In this old-fashioned coming-of-age story, set during the Great Depression, 10-year-old Allie's father finds a new job, and her family moves to a street called Strawberry Hill. Poet and first-time novelist Hoberman draws a full portrait of life on Strawberry Hill — where in fact there are no strawberries — as Allie agonizes over her conflicting feelings about the two other girls on her street: pretty, popular Martha, whom Allie wants as a best friend; and pudgy, sweet Mimi, who wants to be best friends with Allie. Circumstances of time and place are woven into the narrative, from details like the cost of popsicles to larger themes of poverty and prejudice. A number of Allie's friends' fathers are out of work, and Martha's best friend Cynthia calls Allie a 'dirty Jew' at one point (Allie notes, 'I wondered why I still wanted to be best friends with someone who still wanted to be best friends with someone like Cynthia'). Allie's plight will be utterly relatable to contemporary readers and the resolution is both satisfying and realistic. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 — 12. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Beloved author Hoberman pens a charming coming-of-age novel, loosely based on her own childhood experiences. When precocious 10-year-old Allie learns that her family will be moving to their own home in the country, she's hesitant until she finds out they will be living on a street with the magical name of Strawberry Hill.

About the Author

Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of more than thirty-five books for children, including the critically acclaimed A House Is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award, the New York Times bestselling You Read to Me, I'll Read to You, and the Sing-Along Stories series. Her website is www.maryannhoberman.com.

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gaby317, October 1, 2009 (view all comments by gaby317)
It's the time of the Great Depression and Allie's father has been unemployed for a long time. When her father is offered a job and the family prepares to relocate from their two family home to their own house in the country, ten-year-old Allie does not want to go. She lives next to her best friend Ruthy Greenberg and Allie enjoyed the time she spent with the friendly Greenbergs' home. But when Allie hears that their new home will is called Strawberry Hill, she pictures a beautiful home surrounded by strawberry plants and begins to look forward to their new home.

As Allie and her younger brother Danny explore their neighborhood, they are quick to make friends. Her next door neighbor Martha is her age, a hopscotch whiz, and quite friendly. But Martha's best friend, the wealthy banker's daughter Claire, is not half as likable. Allie is willing to put up with Claire to spend time with her favorite new friend Martha. Nine-year-old Mimi lives next door also befriends Allie, but Martha and Claire find Mimi strange and look down on her with the cruelty that comes easily to ten-year-old girls. But Allie feels bad for Mimi - she isn't as bad as Martha says. When Danny and Mimi hit it off, Allie finds that she enjoy spending time with Mimi. As Allie makes her way through the challenges of Strawberry Hill, she finds her true friends.

When I first started Strawberry Hill, I had to put it down. I started to feel uncomfortable once it was clear that Martha made fun of Mimi and Allie was willing to avoid Mimi to stay on Martha's good side. I just didn't want to read about the bullying that goes on among young girls. But it was good that I came back to the book because it's much more than bullying - the is about standing up for yourself and sticking by your friends. It's heartwarming and I recommend it highly.

Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (July 1, 2009), 240 pages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316041362
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Jews
Illustrator:
Halperin, Wendy Anderson
Author:
Hoberman, Mary Ann
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Pregnancy
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Jews -- United States.
Subject:
Situations / Pregnancy
Publication Date:
20100501
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.70x5.50x1.10 in. .65 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 240 pages Little, Brown Young Readers - English 9780316041362 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this old-fashioned coming-of-age story, set during the Great Depression, 10-year-old Allie's father finds a new job, and her family moves to a street called Strawberry Hill. Poet and first-time novelist Hoberman draws a full portrait of life on Strawberry Hill — where in fact there are no strawberries — as Allie agonizes over her conflicting feelings about the two other girls on her street: pretty, popular Martha, whom Allie wants as a best friend; and pudgy, sweet Mimi, who wants to be best friends with Allie. Circumstances of time and place are woven into the narrative, from details like the cost of popsicles to larger themes of poverty and prejudice. A number of Allie's friends' fathers are out of work, and Martha's best friend Cynthia calls Allie a 'dirty Jew' at one point (Allie notes, 'I wondered why I still wanted to be best friends with someone who still wanted to be best friends with someone like Cynthia'). Allie's plight will be utterly relatable to contemporary readers and the resolution is both satisfying and realistic. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 — 12. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Beloved author Hoberman pens a charming coming-of-age novel, loosely based on her own childhood experiences. When precocious 10-year-old Allie learns that her family will be moving to their own home in the country, she's hesitant until she finds out they will be living on a street with the magical name of Strawberry Hill.
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