When Allie learns that her family will be moving from their apartment in the city 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. That changes everything! From Allie's discovery of a nearby farm, to her struggle to reconcile her feelings about 'best friends', Mary Ann Hoberman allows readers to experience the trials and tribulations of small town life during the Depression, as seen through the eyes of a precocious, loveable ten year-old.Strawberry Hill is a character-driven, coming of age story that at its heart is a celebration of friendship and family. Reminiscent of classic stories with feisty heroines like Anne of Green Gables and based loosely on the author's own life experiences, Strawberry Hill will appeal to fans of nostalgic novels like The Penderwicks, Year of the Dog and Blow Out the Moon.
Born near Leningrad in 1961, Kurkov was a journalist, prison warder, cameraman and screenplay-writer before his novels took off. He received "hundreds of rejections" and was a pioneer of self-publishing, selling more than 75,000 copies of his books in a single year. His novel Death and the Penguin, his first in English translation, was an international bestseller, drawing acclaim from all quarters. He lives in Kiev with his English wife and their three children.