The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villiany, Sorcery and Shoes by Roderick Townley
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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.
Also reviewed for TeensReadToo.com
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from library copy
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