The Red Shoe [NOOK Book]

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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. ...
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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Australian author Dubosarsky (Theodora's Gift) eloquently conveys the observations and memories of three sisters—the youngest, Matilda; middle-child Frances, 11; and 15-year-old Elizabeth—living in uncertain times. Growing up "in a house far away... deep in the bush," there are many things six-year-old Matilda doesn't understand: Why is her father (a merchant marine) away so much of the time? Are the mysterious men who moved into the house next door really spies? Why doesn't her older sister, who suffered a "nervous breakdown," ever want to go back to school? Answers to these and other questions quietly emerge as pieces of a complex puzzle that the author artfully fits together. The honest, poignant third-person narrative shifts among the sisters, but focuses mostly on Matilda's point of view, and reveals unsettling details about the family's history. Most specifically, the book brings to light the instability of Matilda's father, a WWII veteran, and the relationship between her mother and musician uncle. Newspaper clippings from the Sydney Morning Heraldthat appear intermittently between chapters give additional insight into an era characterized by suspicion, tragedy and confusion. Dubosarsky proves masterful in conjuring and connecting images. 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. Ages 12-up. (May)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8
This novel set in Sydney, Australia in the Cold War era interweaves actual newspaper accounts of a Russian diplomat's 1954 defection with the day-to-day affairs of a local family with three sisters and a father away on military duty much of the time. Focusing mostly on the fascinations and fancies of six-year-old Matilda, the tale follows her observations of the strange men who have guns and fast, shiny black cars staying at the big house next door. When she sees one of those men in a newsreel about the Russian who defected amidst controversy about the fate of his wife, she lets slip to their other neighbor, a crazy old man with his own gun, that spies live on the other side of her, leading to some action, which is in rather short supply here. A family drama evolves piecemeal in flashbacks to a beach picnic at which the father, continuing to be distraught in the aftermath of World War II, attempts to hang himself while his brother looks on immobile. While key characters are young people, even their dramas of pet parades and teenage nervous breakdowns are unlikely to interest American readers. Even incidents involving Matilda's imaginary companion are strangely flat and unappealing. This plot and its characters won't motivate most children to follow the slow story to its happy conclusion.
—Suzanne GordonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus 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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429976213
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 254 KB

Meet the Author


Ursula Dubosarsky is the author of more than 20 books for young readers, including the picture book Rex, published by Roaring Brook Press. She lives with her husband and three children in Sydney, Australia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    RippleBeam's Bio

    Name; Hmm. . . I wonder.<p>
    <p>Age; 23 moons. (And counting.)(Duh.)<p>
    <p>Gender; She-cat.
    <p>Appearance; She has sleek, light gray fur with a bluish tint. Her eyes are a lively cerulean, like the color of the sea when the sun's rays hit it. Her paws are a creamy white, as well as her muzzle and eartips. <p>
    <p>Persona; Generally quite timid, cautious, and gentle. <p>
    <p>Rank; Warrior<p>
    <p>Crush; Getting personal, are we? <p>
    <p>Mate; Maybe someday. . . <p>
    <p>Kits; Not yet, anyway. <p>
    <p>•|RippleBeam|•<p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    Silentmeadow
    Rosefeather

    Test.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Summerpaw and Flamepaw 2.0

    --- SUMMERPAW --- Gender: female. Age: six moons. Appearence: tan coat with ivory spots, socks, and tail tip. Bright green eyes. Small but athletic. Peronality: happy, charming, generous, lovable. Can be annoying at times. Rank: in training. Mentor: NightEagle. Kin: Flamepaw. Mate: noope. Crush: NightEagle but im not so sure about it anymore. Kits: no way. Likes: squirrels with gravy, the colors yellow and green, Flamepaw. Dislikes: bears, winter, Flamepaw. --- FLAMEPAW --- Gender: male. Age: 8 moons. Appearance: fluffy scarlet coat with golden stripes and tail tip. Light brown eyes. Large for his age. Perso: energetic, brave, mischevious, can be annoying at times. Rank: in training. Mentor: Shadowpaw. Kin: Summerpaw. Mate: uh-uh. Crush: Starbreeze. :) Kits: nope never. Likes: hunting, rabbits, hunting rabbits. Dislikes: sitting still.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    StormDusk, ShallowGhost, & SweetSorrow 1.0

    -StormDusk's Biography- <p> Name: . . . StormDusk 0-0 <p> Age: If you must know for some odd reason, 26 Moons.... <p> Gender: T &male M <p> Rank: Warrior <p> Appearance: Handsome blueish gray alley cat, black speckling the base of his paws. His eyes are a rich blue, like a splotch of sky blue on a stormy day. <p> Personality: Outgoing, Kind, Easy to be around, Loves to hunt, Protective & Caring of others. <p> Siblings: ShallowGhost & SweetSorrow. <p> Crush: Mnn....Should I tell you? Fine.....WinterPool.. <p> Mate: Thinking of asking WinterPool, but unsure of if he should just yet. <p> Kits: Errr, no. But would like some if he got the chance! <p> *ShallowGhost's Biography* <p> Name: Albert Einstien....It's ShallowGhost. <p> Age: Same as StormDusk....Duh? <p> Gender: T &male M <p> Rank: Warrior <p> Appearance: Smoky gray with broad shoulders. His eyes are a gleaming golden. <p> Personality: Reserved, Quiet, Tends to keep to himself. <p> Siblings: Look at StormDusk's. <p> Crush: Um...I dunno yet... <p> Mate: No. <p> Kits: Maybe later.. <p> ()SweetSorrow's Biography() <p> Name: SweetSorrow! <p> Age: Amazing 26 Moons old! <p> Gender: SheC &female t <p> Rank: Warrior <p> Appearance: Purdy tortishell with white paws, like they are dipped in snow. Her eyes are a luminous green. <p> Personality: Kind, Concerned for others, Sweet & Shy. <p> Siblings: StormDusk & ShallowGhost <p> Crush: He probably knows......IvoryStreak/Star <p> Mate: Nope <p> Kits: Someday..........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    Starbreeze and Shadowclaw 2.0

    NAME: Starbreeze <br> GENDER: Female <br> AGE: 22 moons <br> RANK: Warrior <br> APPEARENCE: Silvery-grey fur, with lighter stripes. Blue-greens eyes <br> PERSONALITY: Funny, quirky, outgoing, friendly, and gentle <br> CRUSH: Everyone knows! It's Ivorystar <br> MATE: Nope <br> KITS: Nope <br> KIN: Shadowclaw (brother) <br> OTHER: Favorite food are sparrows <p> NAME: Shadowclaw <br> GENDER: Tom <br> AGE: 22 (duh! He's the same age as his sis.) <br> RANK: Warrior <br> APPEARENCE: Black fur with a white chest, and tailtip. Gold/amber eyes <br> PERSONALITY: Stubborn, rude sometimes, nice enough, holds grudges reallly bad <br> CRUSH: Nope <br> MATE: Nope <br> KITS: Nope <br> KIN: Starbreze (sister) <br> OTHER: Favorite food are voles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Ivorystar and Winterpool

    Name: Ivorystar<br>
    Age: 23 moons<br>
    Gender: Tom<br>
    Description: Pure white with ivory streaks all over and one solid ivory right forepaw with piercing yellow eyes<br>
    Rank: Leader<br>
    Crush: its...complicated...but yes<br>
    Mate:<br>
    Kits:<br>
    Kin: Winterpool<br>
    Perso: Kind and friendly, still doesnt speak very much, but is concerned for his clan always<br>
    Theme Song: "My Immortal" by i forget
    <p>
    Name: Winterpool<br>
    Age: 23 moons<br>
    Gender: She cat<br>
    Description: Pure white with light gray paws and ice blue eyes<br>
    Rank: Warrior<br>
    Crush: yes<br>
    Mate:<br>
    Kits:<br>
    Kin: Ivorystar<br>
    Persona: Kind and outgoing, morr talkitive than her btoher though<br>
    Theme Song: "Voodo Doll" by 5SOS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Stonefire bio and co

    Name---Stonefire---Apperance---Dark ginger tom with dark one dark gray ear and paws.---Mate/Crush---No/Shh Appledawn---Name~Squirrelheart~Appearance~Brown she cat with white underbelly and long fur~Mate/Crush~No/Tawnyclaw~Name+-+Redblaze+-+Ginger red tom with one orange ear+-+Mate/Crush+-+Not Allowed!+-+Rank+-+Med cat incase you are retarded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    TawnyClaw's Bio

    Name :: TawnyClaw
    <br>
    Age :: 18 Moons
    <br>
    Gender :: &male
    <br>
    Rank :: Warrior
    <br>
    Appearance :: A tawny (tan) tabby with lighter paws and almost black stripes. He has a large build, larger than most cats. His tailtip is black and his eyes are amber.
    <br>
    Crush :: O.o
    <br>
    Mate :: A. . . No.
    <br>
    Kits :: Nope.
    <br>
    Other :: Ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Appledawn

    Name appledawn.
    <p>
    Age young
    <p>
    geder she
    <p>
    Personalty kind friendly
    <p>
    Description orange and white she cat
    <p>
    Mate none
    <p>
    crush none
    <p>
    Kits none

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    NightEagle and Silverlights bio 2.5

    Name: Nighteagle-SilverLight, Moons: 10-10, Pelt: Jet black with one white paw and a white tail tip, -Silver tabby with darker flakes, Eye color: Blue-blue, Gender: Tom-She, Mate: No-no, Crush: Starbreeze-Shadowclaw, Kits: no-no, Personality: Mellow, Caring, Kind, -Same as NightEagle but diffrent, Sibling: SilverLight-Nighteagle,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Silverflames bio

    Name: silverflame. Age: old enough. Gender: she. Description: silvery gray with fiery amber eyes. History: dont aske: personality: depends. Usually quiet and observant, but will speak her thoughts when she deems it necessary. She is a spectacular hunter and an even better fighter, and is brave and courageous, but also wise and cunning, making it hard to defeat her in both battles of strength and of wit. Mate/crush/kits: none.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Brookclan bios

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