Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman (Little, Brown and Company, 2009, 230pp.)
Miserable that she must leave her best friend behind when her family moves to another city, fourth-grader Allie finds herself in the uncomfortable situation of having to make new friends. The contrasting development of the two prospective new friends, the unpopular school “crybaby” Mimi, and the more appealing but ultimately fickle Martha, exposes Allie to the sometimes troubling complications that often accompany friendships. Set during the Depression Era, Strawberry Hill sends an important message to young female readers about unconditional loyalty and the importance of staying true to yourself in the face of peer pressure. Recommended for Ages 9-12.
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