The Red Shoe

The Red Shoe

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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: 61,703

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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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Ursula Dubosarksy is a multi-award winning novelist and one of Australia's finest writers for children. She was born in Sydney in 1961. After studying several languages at university, she taught French to primary school children. She then travelled to Israel where she spent one of her most memorable years on a kibbutz. Since 1989, Ursula has published many award-winning books including The White Guinea-Pig, The First Book of Samuel, High Hopes and Abyssinia. Her work is recognised overseas as well as in Australia: the Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English describes her as 'one of the most original voices in Australian writing for young people'.

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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)