The Red Shoe

The Red Shoe


By (author) Ursula Dubosarsky

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 204mm x 18mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1741142857
  • ISBN 13: 9781741142853
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: Illustrated
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 62,557

Product description

From 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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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

Editorial reviews

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)