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When ten-year-old girl Allie learns that her family will be moving from their two-family home to their very own house in the country, she's hesitant until she finds out they will be living on a street with the magical name of Strawberry Hill. That changes everything! From her struggle to find a new best friend, to her quest for acceptance at her new school, Allie takes ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Young Readers
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Shiloah
This was a lovely read aloud. We all enjoyed it and had many discussions about the various aspects of friendships, the great depression, and antisemitism.
Lucia Galluzzo
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was the best.
Olivia Z
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was great! It was hard to put down! It definitely deserves a four star rating!
Jessica
Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-crossing
Strawberry Hill is a sweet story of friendship and family that takes place during the Depression. Allie is a ten-year-old Jewish girl who moves with her family to a house at the very beginning of the book. She is unsure that the move is a good idea, but when her father tells her they will be living on Strawberry Hill, and that she will have her very own room, she gets excited. Things are not what she expected when they arrive, however. She discovers that just because the street is named ...more
Sarah
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, 2017
The cover and title of this were so charming, and I adore the illustrator and like the author, that I couldn't resist picking this up for a nice story for my daughter and I to read together. I hate to say it but I read the whole thing today and told her it wasn't that great. It wasn't terrible, of course, just not great. I appreciated the very realistic friendship difficulties, and I loved Allie's mother's head on handling of anti-Semitism, but Allie herself was a pretty flawed and sometimes ...more
Emily
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my grandparents' era. A young girl moves to Strawberry Hill and has to figure out "friends" all over again. I found this to be truthful to young girls today, still anxious over having a "best friend" and wary of what others might say if they see them playing with a certain someone. A wholesome read.
Sadie
Nov 15, 2019 added it
Strawberry Hill is a great book about friendship. After Allie moves away from her home, she meets new friends Martha and Mimi. When she arives at her new home, she is disipointed to see that there are no strawberrys on her lane. Will Allie find her true best friend?
Eddy
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the perfect option for someone looking to curl up with a good book. Filled with drama, love and friendship, this book has everything a realistic-fiction lover could ever want.
Dulcie
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful! A very readable story about a girl growing up and learning about life and friendship during the Depression.
Florence
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This was one of my favorite books that I read as a child. I remember it being very poignant. I can't say it'd be thrilling now, but I definitely recommend for younger readers.
Sharon Buxton
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
B-. children's fiction, upper elementary, depression era, Judaism, prejudice
Eva Mitnick
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
10-year-old Allie is sad to be moving away from her best friend Ruthie to a new town, but the fact that it's on a street called Strawberry Hill fills her mind with images of a hillside covered in green grass and ripe strawberries. Of course, it turns out to be an ordinary street with no strawberries in sight, but there is a farm nearby, plenty of room in her new house for her mom, dad, little brother, and Allie - and there are even two girls her own age on the street.

This turns out to be rather
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Gaby
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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 ...more
Janelle
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Just think how fun it would be to live on a street named Strawberry Hill. Sounds like a very happy spot indeed. Well, Strawberry Hill Court really exists in a place called Stamford, Connecticut, and a little girl once lived there. Lucky for us, that little girl is now author Mary Ann Hoberman. "Almost as a memoir." That is how she describes the beginnings of her middle grade novel titled Strawberry Hill.

About Strawberry Hill: Allie, a 10-year-old girl growing up during the Depression, must leave
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Sandra Stiles
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Allie’s father had to find a new job when the depression hit. His family lives in New Haven and he works in Stamford. It is difficult not seeing them for a whole week. When things look up he finds a house for them. Allie doesn’t want to move and leave her best friend Ruthie behind. When her father tells her their new address is Strawberry Hill she changes her mind. She wants everything in her room painted pink. When she arrives it isn’t what she imagined. She can’t find the strawberries. She ...more
Heather
Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Although the book is set during the Great Depression, the themes of friendship are something that will make sense to today's kids. When Allie moves to a new town, she struggles with deciding who to be friends with. Should she hang out with the girl next door, Martha, who is "cool" (although a bit boring) but already has a best friend? And will Martha think Allie is less cool if she hangs out with Mimi (an overweight girl who is a bit of a crybaby) across the street? Allie is afraid of even being ...more
Gwen the Librarian
Aug 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a perfectly sweet and old-fashioned story for fans of The Saturdays, Betsy-Tacy, and other favorites. It is the Depression, so ten-year-old Allie's family has to move to a new town where her father can find work. When she hears that they will live on Strawberry Hill, Allie can hardly wait. Surely a place with such a name will make a perfect home! But the moving transition is harder than she expected and Allie spends the next year learning the true meaning of friendship.

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Melanie
Allie's family moves away from the neighborhood she has known for a long time. This means moving away from her best friend Ruth. But she's moving to Strawberry Hill! Allie finds herself excited about living on a hill surrounded by strawberries. So she is very disappointed to find that there are no actual strawberries. But there a some very nice girls in the neighborhood. Martha, who lives next door and goes to the parochial school, quickly befriends Allie but makes it clear that Cynthia, who is ...more
Treasa
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of some of Hoberman's picture books, so I had high hopes for her first chapter book. My expectations were not quite met, but it was still an enjoyable read. This is a sweet book about a little girl, Allie, during the Depression who moves with her family to a house on Strawberry Hill. She is sad to leave behind her best friend and fears that she will never make new friends. However, Allie does make new friends and learns that some friends are perhaps more worth keeping than others. ...more
Susan  Dunn
Apr 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: j-fiction
Picked this ARC up at midwinter. It's a sweet read - definitely old fashioned. Will be great for those parents who don't want their kids to read anything with violence or other controversial subjects. This book takes place during the depression, when Allie and her family have to move to a new home on Strawberry Hill after her father finds work there. At first Allie is unhappy about leaving behind her best friend, but over the next year, she makes many new friends, and eventually comes to love ...more
Kiara Sulivan
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is another one of my favorites that I love to read over and over again. This is probably because some of the struggles 10 year old goes through I have gone through my self in the past. When Allie moves away from everything she know to a street called Strawberry Hill everything changes and gets harder for her to stand on her own two feet. Some of problems she faces are: finding a new best friend, school teachers, religion, who she can and can not trust, and being herself. When she moves ...more
Abby Johnson
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: blogged
Nine-year-old Allie is not excited about leaving her best friend and moving with her family to Stamford during the Great Depression. When she finds out that they're moving to a street called Strawberry Hill she has high hopes, but she'll still have to deal with starting a new school and navigating the complicated road to friendships in her new town.

This is a quiet sort of book with a classic feel. Allie's voice felt very real to me and many of the events may have been based on the author's own
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Amy
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I previewed this. It has a lot to do with the traumas of moving and leaving friends and then the interpersonal dramas of mean girls/making friends/prejudices. Also deals with anti-semitism (she's Jewish and so is another girl in her new neighborhood.) Also - another round of Scarlet Fever in this story but it is dealt with a bit more drama and less explanation/comfort than All-of-A-Kind Family so could be more scary. Also - some pretty veiled stuff re: parents and their problems.

So - it wasn't
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Laura Gardner
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship, juv
I couldn't sleep last night so I read this advance reading copy of Strawberry Hill instead. I can see this book appealing to a lot of elementary age girls; the details about the depression are interesting, but the real story here is about Allie moving somewhere new and struggling to find out who her real friends are. I remember what it was like to be Allie's age, desperate to have a "best friend" who I could call my very own. I remember when Jenny, Emily and I got best friend necklaces, but ...more
Emily V.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It is the time of the great depression. And Allie's dad loses his job. But he finds a job in a place away from the place Allie calls home. Allie doesn't want to move away from her best friend Ruthie. When they move Alie hears that her new home is called strawberry hill. And she imagines a beautiful house with strawberry fields surrounding it. But it isn't what she was expecting. She makes two friends Martha and Mimi. At the end she learns who her true friends are. This ...more
Brett
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Allie's family moves to a new home in a new neighborhood as a result of the Great Depression causing her dad to change jobs. This book is mainly about Allie trying to figure out who is going to be her new best friend - the girl next door who seems just perfect but sometimes doesn't stand up for Allie (& already has a mean best friend) or the girl across the street with family troubles who everyone else makes fun of, but whose company Allie actually enjoys when she has to. A look at the ...more
Jessi
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I love stories about the everyday lives of children growing up in old-fashioned times. And I did enjoy this story, but there were elements that unsettled me. The first was the use of the Lord's name in vain. Hated that. And the second thing that bothered me was it dealt with some pretty heavy subject matters that I would not feel comfortable having my children read in this genre. There was very little commentary or explanation to help children interpret what exactly they were reading. I would ...more
babyhippoface
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction
Strawberry Hill is nothing like Allie imagines it will be when she learns they'll be moving there. Or is it?

Hoberman's first novel is all about friendship: what it means to be "best friends", when to look deeper to find a friend, and when to let a friend go. The story has bits of prejudice (specifically, anti-Semitism), peer pressure, and judging by appearances, all of which will resound thoroughly with children. They've either seen it or lived it, and they'll understand everything thought that
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Shauna
This book would be great for elementary students. It could be integrated with a lesson about the Great Depression, as that is the time this story takes place. The story does touch on some of the economic issues during the Great Depression, but it also teaches so much more. Can be used with new students to show the difficulty of moving somewhere new, and differences in people, places, and beliefs.
Jennifer Calles-Ramirez
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Strawberry Hill is a good book to read. I love how it grabs the attention just by the title. I honestly thought that this book was going to be about strawberries. At the end it talks about strawberries but it's not the main idea. It focuses about people and how they move to another place. I recommend this book to teenagers that have moved to another place and see if the have had the same experience.
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