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Tween Tuesday is a weekly feature where I highlight great tween reads. Join in the fun and leave your link to your Tween Tuesday post in the Mr. Linky below.

The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villiany, Sorcery and Shoes by Roderick Townley

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: 10/13/09

About the Book: One evening in a small town called Aplanap a mysterious stranger approaches the shoemaker Grel to make a blue shoe entirely out of strange blue gems. The shoe must never be sold or damaged.

When Hap, the shoemaker’s apprentice, steals a gem from the blue shoe to save a poor beggar girl, he is sentenced to the mountain Xexnax. There he finds a race of people called Auki’s working in the mines. Aplanap’s mayor and his wife are after the biggest blue gem of all. But a rebellion is underway and it’s up to Hap to lead the fight and save his friends and the town of Aplanap.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: With a title that includes “thievery, villainy, sorcery and shoes”, you know you can’t go wrong! The Blue Shoe is a magical story that reads like a fairy tale, but even if you're not typically a fan of fairy tales or old fashioned stories I would give this one a try. There' a little bit of everything here-there’s lots of adventure, a bit of romance and magic.

Hap is a likable hero and his friend Sophia is a full of spunk and they were a delight to read about. They are surrounded by a fun cast of characters that won’t soon be forgotten.

The book is printed in blue ink and filled with illustrations from Mary GrandPre, which I thought added to the magic of the tale. This is one I could see being read aloud to all ages-it has the feel of an old fashioned tale that has been passed down and re-told and needs to be shared.

The Blue Shoe will appeal to readers of fantasy and readers of action-packed adventures.

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  1. I have been meaning to read this for ages--thanks for the additional prod to actaully do so!

  2. Responding to your comment on mw tween post: I LOVED the guy who did Matt's voice on the audiobook. This was a full cast book that was extremely well done. You willenjoy it!

  3. Thanks for reviewing this! I too have been meaning to read this one!

  4. Charlotte-
    I hope you enjoy it!

    Jana-I've really liked the Full Cast Audiobooks I've listened to. Thanks for the review.


  5. What a fun idea! You are now on my blog's blogroll, and I will have to try to join you in reading more tween stuff for tuesday reviews!

  6. Aubrey-Thanks for adding me. I hope you can join in and post some great tween reads.

  7. Just read this last week and thought it was such a fun read. The narration was cleverly written and that just made the whole book for me!


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