The Red Shoe by Ursula Dubosarsky

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Funny, tough-minded and tender, this is the story of Matilda and her two sisters growing up in Sydney, Australia, in the early 1950s. Their father is mentally unstable and largely absent, their mother is possibly in the thrall of his brother, and a headline-making Russian spy defection is taking place next door. Punctuated by the headlines of the times, The Red Shoe depicts how the large events of the world can impinge on ordinary lives. This is a novel to savor by one of Australia's most gifted writers for young people.

About Ursula Dubosarsky

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URSULA DUBOSARSKY is the author of another picture book, Rex, and the middle grade novel The Red Shoe. She lives in Sydney, Australia. ANDREW JOYNER lives and works at his home in Strathalbyn, Australia. This is his first picture book.
Published May 1, 2007 by Roaring Brook Press. 200 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Three sisters growing up in an isolated area of Sydney have to cope not only with significant world and local happenings but also their largely absent and mentally unstable sailor father;

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The vision of a pair of red shoes, first mentioned in a fairy tale read to Matilda by Frances (which opens the novel), gains symbolic significance as the story unfolds and family secrets come to light.

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At the beginning of the story, Frances reads Matilda a fairytale about a young girl who was not allowed to wear a pair of beautiful red shoes.

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