Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)
Praise for Strawberry Hill:
A New York Times Editor's Choice
* "Highly evocative... With story lines that are simple but never simplistic and perfectly crafted chapters in which the ordinary has the opportunity to become special." - Booklist (starred review)
"[Hoberman] knows how to bring detail and language into just the right balance...to pull you into the story." - New York Times
"Rich details bring the period to life...This is a gentle story with the sensibility of a novel written in an earlier time." - School Library Journal
"Allie's plight will be utterly relatable to contemporary readers and the resolution is both satisfying and realistic." - Publishers Weekly
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