Silver Shoes

Silver Shoes

by Paul Miles Schneider


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When Donald Gardner's parents tell him they

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ISBN-13: 9781515333876
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/25/2009
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 793,626
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Silver Shoes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
tanuki2001 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Schneider has taken a new approach to the classic Oz canon: a risky undertaking at best, but one he pulls off with panache and skill. The story is tightly plotted with background being revealed as the story progresses. The lead character, Donald Gardner, is believable and sympathetic and a worthy addition to the heroes of Oz. The book follows the format of many of the canon with things looking very dark before the end, but Mr. Schneider always shows a bit of light at the end of the tunnel and things eventually are resolved in truly Ozzy fashion. Of the many, many post-canonical Oz books that have been written, this is one of the best with a new hero we can only hope to see more of! Don't miss this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silver Shoes By Paul Miles Schneider Pub. Date: February 2009 3.5 out of 5 stars PG - Violence Recommended Synopsis from "When Donald Gardner's parents tell him they'll be taking an exciting road trip through Kansas, he openly cringes. He is sure it will be a boring summer vacation. But at one of their final roadside stops, they are approached by a poor woman offering to sell a strange item-a silver shoe. While Donald's mother is initially reluctant, she is smitten with the shoe and buys it. Wanting to impress his classmates, Donald brings it in for show-and-tell when the new school year starts. His friends liken the shoe to something out of The Wizard of Oz, and his teacher agrees the idea is not farfetched considering author L. Frank Baum wrote about "silver shoes," not ruby slippers, which were strictly in the movie. Donald is skeptical that the shoe is anything more than a relic, but when he accepts a dare from his two best buddies to try it on, frightening and incredible things begin to happen. And when he meets George Clarke, a reclusive man who has been in hiding for many years, Donald finds out there is a lot more to Baum's story than he thinks. Join Donald as he unravels Baum's earth-shattering secret in Silver Shoes." Silver Shoes was a modern and clever twist of a much-loved classic. Throughout the book, I naturally predicted what would happen next, and I was rarely correct. The twists and turns varied in their necessity to the plot. Some were big surprises altering the course of the plot, while others were smaller and only altered a present situation. This made every event much more surprising and interesting. This book's audience is hard to pinpoint. Originally, I figured this book was just for children (8-12), but words and situations were more intellectually advanced than an average 10 year old could comprehend. Also, the references to the Wizard of Oz series and the hidden significance to certain objects would be missed by readers who have not read the Wizard of Oz series. So in that aspect, adult readers will be able to read in-between the lines better than children. Either way, if you have or haven't read the Wizard of Oz series, you will definitely want to after reading Silver Shoes. Silver Shoes would be a fantastic resource for initiating discussions and project ideas in middle school Reading classes. Date Reviewed: May 20th, 2009 For more book reviews and book information check out my blog at
dnt4get2luvme More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Amazing writing from Paul. This may be first book, but I know I will be looking for a sequel in the future.
dwCallahan More than 1 year ago
Fantastic first novel. Paul Miles Schneider should be nominated for the best new author of the year. The characters are enthralling, the plot thrilling, and the end powerful and relevant. My young teenage children are now reading the book and loving it. It is a great read for all!!!
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