A Storm of Strawberries

Publisher: Piccadilly Press

Review

Twelve-year-old Darby is excited – it is the weekend of the family's chocolate hunt. However, beloved sister Kaydee has suddenly brought home a friend for the weekend. Plus her parents (who run the family's strawberry farm) seem distracted, increasingly preoccupied with news that a major storm is brewing. Does no one realise how important the event is to Darby?

Darby has Down's syndrome and sometimes it's sometimes not clear to her why things cannot always be as she would like. In this case, it feels as if two of the things she loves most are at risk of slipping away from her.

All the action takes place over a single weekend in this powerful and beautiful little novel. The depiction of Down's Syndrome is convincing, sensitive and does not dominate or dictate the plot – it is just a part of Darby's character. Darby is an exceptionally likeable protagonist. The reader empathises fully with her predicament, but also that of her parents as they battle the elements to save their farm and protect their livelihood. And also with that of Kaydee, who, it becomes apparent, is falling in love...

Share this page with your friends

More books like this

Jake's Tower

Author: Elizabeth Laird

Jake lives a dismal life with his mother and Steve, his extremely violent stepfather. His only refuge is his imagination and he dreams of living in a secluded tower on an island.

Read more about Jake's Tower

Becoming Jo

Author: Sophie McKenzie

Jo has always wanted to be a writer - but with three sisters, a new friend who's just moved in to her street, and a father working as a humanist minister in Syria, there's a lot going on. A clever retelling of Little Women which transports the March sisters to the modern day.

Read more about Becoming Jo