The Lovely Shoes

The Lovely Shoes

by Susan Shreve


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Can the right pair of shoes make *anyone* feel beautiful?

Franny is constantly embarrassed by two things in her life. One is her right foot, which curls in from a birth defect, so she has to wear ugly, heavy orthopedic shoes. And the other is her mother Margaret: beautiful, extravagant, flamboyant -- *mortifying*, in their small Ohio town.
Franny's first school dance is a disaster, so Margaret announces her latest crazy plan: They will travel to Italy to meet Salvatore Ferragamo, who will sculpt a pair of slippers especially for Franny. The idea is outrageous. The trip is expensive.
And the experience changes Franny's life forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439680493
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan Shreve is the author of twelve novels, more than twenty books for children, and the co-editor of three anthologies. She teaches at George Mason University, where she is a founder of the MFA Creative Writing program. Along with her books, Shreve also wrote short essay documentaries for the Jim Lehrer News Hour, and had one of her books adapted into an NBC series.

Susan Shreve lives in Washington DC with her husband.

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The Lovely Shoes 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
shazzerwise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite the real life origins of the tale, a lot of this story just didn't ring true to me. The dialogue was often stilted, and the characters a little one note. It does read fairly easily, however, and the fantasy of going to Europe and having special attention shown to oneself is one to which lots of readers can relate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!!!!
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ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Francine Hall was born with a birth defect that affects her feet, but she still has a fairly nice life. That is until the Valentine's Dance at school. After a humiliating accident with her orthopedic shoes, she insists upon staying in her room for the rest of her life. But then her Mother comes up with the idea to contact the famous shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo and ask him to make Franny a special pair of shoes. His answer comes as a surprise and Franny and her mother are soon on their way to Italy in a trip that will change Franny forever. This book was tedious for me to read. There's really no other way to say it. It has an adorable premise and a very pretty cover, but inside it required a lot of work to get through it. Perhaps the biggest problem was that Franny was hardly a sympathetic character. I got the impression she enjoyed feeling like no one liked her. It was hard to believe that a short trip to Italy left enough time to have such life-changing appeal to it. The mom was the only real redeeming piece of this book, as she wanted nothing more that to see her daughter happy. I appreciated how Franny's mom was very much a part of her life but also left Franny to her own decisions and growth. The story has a sweet and tidy ending, but I am not sure the YA audience is going to be interested in reading this book just because it has a cool mom in it.