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The Lovely Shoes Hardcover – June 1, 2011

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439680492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439680493
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,241,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Richards Shreve is the author of several novels, including A Student of Living Things and You Are the Love of My Life, as well as the memoir Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR's Polio Haven. She has also written dozens of children's books, including The Lovely Shoes, and is the co-editor or editor of five anthologies.

Shreve founded the MFA degree at George Mason University, where she is a professor of English and present co-chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She has also taught at Columbia School of the Arts and Princeton University for the MFA programs. Among her numerous accolades are the Guggenheim Award for Fiction, the Grub Street Prize for nonfiction, and the Service Award from Poets & Writers. She lives and writes in Washington, DC

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica at Cracking the Cover on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Every once in a while you come across a book you want to keep on a special shelf with all the others you reread time and again. "The Lovely Shoes" by Susan Shreve is one such book.

"The Lovely Shoes" is magical. It contains no vampires or werewolves in it. Nor are there dragons or wizards or princesses. There are no gimmicks or bells and whistles. Instead, author Susan Shreve relies on her talent as a storyteller and lets her work speak for itself. The result is a classic feel reminiscent of the books that my mother recommended to me as a young woman.

Shreve's writing has an honesty to it that rings true to the reader. And though her story is set more than 50 years ago, her voice is accessible and completely relatable to young women of our time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on August 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In 1955, Franny starts high school with the same cheerful shell she has always worn. It is the armor she wears to shield herself from the pain her misshapen foot causes her. She keeps up with the other girls most of the time, but hates the ugly, orthopedic shoes she has to wear, and her limping walk attracts unwanted stares from everyone. So she plasters on a smile and offers herself up as the cheerful, generous girl to give people a reason to like her. But then her armor begins to crumble.

The painful wallop happens at Franny's first high school dance. She and her mom take a shopping trip to buy a fancy dress and even decide to try a pair of normal shoes. To help her misshapen foot fit in the shoe, they stuff it with toilet paper, and she almost looks like the other girls. To her ultimate joy, her crush even asks her to dance. Franny is swaying to the slow music with the handsome Mikey Houston...until she trips. To her utter horror and humiliation, she finds she's trailing a wad of toilet paper from her shoe! She spends the rest of the dance hiding in the bathroom.

Her family stands by helplessly as Franny falls into a deep depression. She avoids her friends, skips school, and rips off her cheerful shell. Desperate to help, her mom contacts a famous Italian shoemaker to ask if he can create something special for Franny. When the shoemaker invites them to Italy, a fragile hope begins to grow. And when Franny and her mom travel to Italy to have the special shoes made, a new respect for herself --- and a new confidence --- begins to blossom.

THE LOVELY SHOES is inspired in part by Susan Shreve's own life. Shreve survived a battle with polio as a child, which left her physically handicapped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Teng on October 13, 2011
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My daughter loves this book. It's a very good book to read.
And, the book arrived on time as described.
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By Dylan M. Foley on March 17, 2014
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I have read many better books than this one. The Lovely Shoes has no point at all. This book is unrealistic. Although the way Franny changes in the end of the book is quite pleasant, I would have liked to see more of the big ideas.
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By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2014
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I recommend this book to any teenage girl who has had some trouble in there school and I have so my friend told me to read this book and it opened me up to amazing possibilities in my life .
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