The All American

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader


The All American


Susie Finkbeiner








353 pages


Susie Finkbeiner has produced another winner! The All American is a great summer read and readers will not want to miss it! Our heroine is Bertha Harding and in 1952, in the Midwest, most girls are dreaming of marriage and babies. Bertha, she dreams of baseball and playing on the Workington Sweet Peas.

But dreams don’t always come true in the way we expect and in the political climate of the 50’s, Bertha’s dad is accused of being a Communist and life as her family knew it, changes abruptly. Yet her dream is resurrected and an opportunity arises for Bertha to play with the Sweet Peas-she is off and running.

You will also love Flossie, Bertha’s younger sister who is really nothing like her but delightful nonetheless!  And don’t miss Jennifer Maxwell, the wonderful local librarian who makes us all want to stand up and cheer!


5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Fans of Susie Finkbeiner’s wonderful historical fiction

Christian impact:

Finkbeiner’s family stories cover serious problems yet always give hope.

Also includes:

-author’s note and acknowledgements

-sneak peek at All manner of things 


The All-American

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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