The Red Shoe

By Dubosarsky, Ursula

Publishers Summary:
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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ISBN
978-1-59643-265-9
Publisher
Porter Roaring Brook


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2007

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 sh...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2007

Matilda (six), Frances (eleven), and Elizabeth (fifteen) live at "the end of the world"—a tiny suburb of summer houses near Sydney, Australia. In fall 1954, the neighboring house becomes the hideaway of Australia's defected Soviet ambassador. His secret residence there, and the shadow of the Cold War and the H-bomb, create a context of uncertainty and investigation in which each sister faces her own secrets, as well ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Starred Review on January 1, 2007

Sisters Matilda, Frances, and Elizabeth live in a tiny suburb near Sydney. In fall 1954, the neighboring house becomes the hid...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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