The life of a ten-year-old Jewish girl during the Depression years could get very complicated.
Allie has conflicted feelings about moving away from her school and her friends, but the name of
the street where they will be living is Strawberry Hill, and that sounds exciting. When they
arrive at the new home, Allie can't find a single strawberry, but Martha, the girl next door, is
friendly, and the farm at the end of the street intriguing.
The very real problems that Allie must confront are the anti-Semitic attitude of Martha's other
best friend, and Martha's jealousy when Allie also bonds with Mimi, the girl across the street.
The difficulties of life during the Great Depression must also be dealt with by the people she
knows...unemployment, financial problems, and split families.
Allie's struggle for acceptance at her new school is presented realistically. Mary Ann
Hoberman has written more than 40 books for children, and is best known for her poetry, but she
has penned a winner in Strawberry Hill, her first novel. It has wonderful characters and
a fast moving plot to hold the interest of mid-grade students, or as a great read-aloud story for
younger kids with some interesting topics for family conversations. The black and white
illustrations by Wendy Anderson Halperin add a terrific visual dimension to the story.