When the third graders at Merion Elementary School began researching their Science Fair projects, Susie Gardner pitched in to help her younger brother and his lab partner. As a fourth grader, Susie remembered this third grade science experience and knew what it would take for Bennett and Owen to win the competition. With the help of her glittery, red-sequined shoes, the brother and sister duo travel back in time to witness a remarkable award ceremony in a foreign land. The prize-winner helps the Gardner children learn how to deal with those who might try to sabotage their work, as well as how to design an impressive experiment when they return home. Susie and Bennett’s science investigation takes a surprising turn when they step in to help two of their friends face difficult personal problems. Once again, Susie questions whether her shoes are really magical or if there is some other explanation as to why she so vividly remembers these events from the past.
About the Author
Sue Madway Levine has been working with children, families, and schools for more than 40 years. As a Speech and Language Therapist, a Learning Disabilities Resource Teacher, a college professor, researcher, and published author, Sue has dedicated her professional life to making a positive difference in the field of education. During her work at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA, Dr. Levine hosted game-making workshops for local teachers. This led to her working in the toy and game industry, inventing new products for companies such as Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley, Hasbro, Mattel, Pressman Toy Company, Tiger Electronics, and The Great American Puzzle Factory. After having two of her textbooks published by Academic Therapy Publishing, Sue has now turned to writing children’s literature. Presently, Sue is in private practice as the Director of Educational Services for The Child and Family Study Team and serves on the Advisory Board of The Academy In Manayunk, a division of The Lab School of Washington, D.C. She has been a member of The Council for Exceptional Children for many years and consults to school districts throughout the mid-Atlantic states. Sue lives in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA, with her husband, a Service Learning Coordinator at a local school district and spends her free time gardening, making Sailor’s Valentines, and traveling. If you would like more information about Sue or the Susie’s Shoesies series, please go to www.SusiesShoesies.com. Look for the fourth book in this exciting adventure series, Susie’s Shoesies … The Show Must Go On! in bookstores everywhere, summer 2012.