I found the local language used in the dialog even more annoying than Old English!!! For me, it took away from the story instead of making it better. If I was an average kid trying to read this book, it would have been put in the pile of books to donate. But, I kept reading and, eventually, I was able to get the meaning of the story picked out of the old-fashioned dialog. Birdie Boyer's family is trying to make a living by farming strawberries, and it turns out that sounds a lot easier than it is.