Theatre Shoes

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Three orphans are forced to enter a theater school by their grandmother, a famous actress. Unable to pay the tuition, they are given scholarships from the now-grown orphans from Ballet Shoes. Will they be able to live up to their patrons’ legacies? The children are ready to run away—until they discover their hidden talents. Originally published in 1945.

During World War II in England, three motherless children, whose father is reported missing in action, go to live ...

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Overview

Three orphans are forced to enter a theater school by their grandmother, a famous actress. Unable to pay the tuition, they are given scholarships from the now-grown orphans from Ballet Shoes. Will they be able to live up to their patrons’ legacies? The children are ready to run away—until they discover their hidden talents. Originally published in 1945.

During World War II in England, three motherless children, whose father is reported missing in action, go to live with their grandmother in London and join the members of their talented theatrical family in a school for stage training.

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This delightful novel takes place during World War II in England and follows Sorrel, Mark, and Holly, three siblings who are sent to live with a grandmother they have never met. They discover that their mother, who died when they were very young, was once a successful actress and came from a well-known acting family. Their grandmother, a famous English actress herself, enrolls the children in the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. The children are uncertain at first about their new schooling and lifestyle, but they each develop an appreciation for the arts and discover talents they never knew they had. The effects of the war are a quiet but present part of the background of this story. The grandmother's house stands in the midst of others that have been evacuated and damaged by bombs. Rations and coupons and black-outs are so much a part of the everyday life that they don't seem exceptional to the characters, but make this an exceptional story and a good introduction to what everyday life was like for some families during wartime. 2003 (orig. 1945), Random House, Ages 8 to 12.
— Jennifer Chambliss
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679854340
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Series: The Shoe Bks.
  • Edition description: 1st Bullseye Book ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 146,264
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    i did not read theater shoes, i read the other 2 : ballet and dancing shoes they were great so i think this one will be great too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    Awesome Book!

    I loved it. The ending was awesome. I reread 5 times already and I never get tired of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    A touching story

    This book is so good. I love the way it ends. Want a good book Theater Shoes is your best buy

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