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The Lovely Shoes

By Susan Shreve   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780439680493 Hardcover
256 Pages | 5.78" x 8.54" | Ages 8 to 12

Can the right pair of shoes make anyone feel beautiful?

Franny is constantly embarrassed by two things in her life. One is her right foot, which curls in from a birth defect, so she has to wear ugly, heavy orthopedic shoes. And the other is her mother Margaret: beautiful, extravagant, flamboyant&mdash,and in their small Ohio town, mortifying.

Franny's first school dance is a disaster, so Margaret announces her latest crazy plan: They will travel to Italy to meet Salvatore Ferragamo, who will sculpt a pair of slippers especially for Franny. The idea is outrageous. The trip is expensive.

And the experience changes Franny's life forever.

A novelist of rare style and wry insight offers a fictionalized page from her own autobiography—a tale of mothers, daughters, journeys, Italy and lovely Ferragamo shoes.