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    The Red Shoe (Paperback) By (author) Ursula Dubosarsky

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    DescriptionFrom one of Australia's finest writers for young people comes this evocative novel juxtaposing the inner life of three girls, the undercurrents of their parents' marriage and the political dramas of the adult world.


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    Title
    The Red Shoe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ursula Dubosarsky
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 226 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781741142853
    ISBN 10: 1741142857
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    BIC E4L: GEN, F13+
    BIC subject category V2: YFB
    DC22: 823.914
    BISAC V2.8: JUV001000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    LC subject heading:
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AQ
    BIC subject category V2: 5AQ
    Thema V1.0: YFB
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    Allen & Unwin
    Imprint name
    Allen & Unwin Children's Books
    Publication date
    01 April 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Sydney
    Author Information
    Ursula Dubosarsky is a Sydney-based author who has been publishing since 1989. The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English describes her as "one of the most original voices in Australian writing for young people."
    Review quote
    This mesmerizing novel sets the fear and joys of childhood against a particular social reality in prose that is intriguing, amusing and disconcerting to the reader. Duborsarsky is a writer who ought to be better known outside her native country. 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
    Review text
    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; his brother, who seems to visit mostly when Dad is away; and their possibly unfaithful mother. Excerpts from actual Sydney newspapers from April 1954, interspersed throughout, subtly illuminate and comment on this story's comings and goings, primarily the defection of a top-level Soviet Embassy official in Australia, a genuine scandal of the time. Some clippings describe other significant events, including the polio scare and the H-bomb. While generally interesting and sometimes humorous, the narrative, mostly told from the perspective of six-year-old Matilda, is somewhat distant and uninvolving, but watch out for the very slowly unfolding revelation, told from several points of view, of a shocking family secret. (background on the "Petrov affair") (Fiction. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews)