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'This is the story of Matilda and her two sisters growing up in Sydney in the 1950s at the time of the Petrov Affair. Punctuated by the headlines of the time it shows with unsettling clarity how the large events of the world can impinge on ordinary lives.' (Libraries Australia)

Adaptations

The Red Shoe Kate Shearer , 2008 single work drama children's

'Growing up "in a house far away... deep in the bush" in 1954, there are many things six-year-old Matilda doesn't understand: Why is her father away so much? Are the mysterious men who moved into the house next door really spies? Why doesn't her older sister, Elizabeth ever want to go back to school? Why won't her middle-sister, Frances speak? And how can she win the "most interesting pet" prize at school for her sad mother with the beautiful hair?

'Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, the adaptation of this acclaimed novel by Jigsaw explores the human drive to find ways to make sense of our surroundings. Hans Christian Anderson's fairytale, the Petrov affair, and the continuing aftershocks of a world war intermingle in this richly layered exploration of a family's secrets and ultimate redemption.'

Source: Jigsaw Theatre Company website,
Sighted: 07/08/2008

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5)

Themes

death, disease, family, fear, Polio, war

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Information and communication technology, Literacy

Notes

  • Included in the 2007 White Ravens Catalogue compiled by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2006 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: 183p.
      ISBN: 1741142857

Works about this Work

[Essay] : The Red Shoe Clare Bradford , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

'In 1989 Ursula Dubosarsky published her first book, Maisie and the Pinny Gig, illustrated by Roberta Landers. Since then, Dubosarsky’s novels, picture books, illustrated books and non-fiction texts have engaged diverse audiences ranging from very young children to older readers. Among her body of work, the novels The First Book of Samuel (1995), The Red Shoe (2006) and The Golden Day (2011) have attracted high praise, along with the non-fiction book The Word Spy (2008), illustrated by Tohby Riddle. The Red Shoe stands out for its evocation of Cold War Sydney, viewed from the perspective of the 21st century; for historical fiction never simply delivers the past but interprets it in the light of the values and cultural norms of its own time. The book’s title identifies the red shoe as its symbolic centre, but in fact the narrative is structured around multiple red shoes, the stories of which intermingle and glance off one another.' (Introduction)

y separately published work icon New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature : Utopian Transformations Clare Bradford , Kerry Mallan , John Stephens , Robyn McCallum , Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan , 2008 Z1559477 2008 selected work criticism 'New World Orders shows how texts for children and young people have responded to the cultural, economic, and political movements of the last 15 years. With a focus on international children's texts produced between 1988 and 2006, the authors discuss how utopian and dystopian tropes are pressed into service to project possible futures to child readers. The book considers what these texts have to say about globalisation, neocolonialism, environmental issues, pressures on families and communities, and the idea of the posthuman.' - Back cover.
Adaptation for Theatre 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: ACTWrite , August vol. 14 no. 7 2008; (p. 4-5)
Interview with Ursula Dubosarsky Rachel Barrett (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: Phoenix : The University of Sydney Writers Journal 2007; (p. 161-167)
[Untitled] Leanne Vandermeer , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 15 no. 3 2007; (p. 47)

— Review of The Red Shoe Ursula Dubosarsky , 2006 single work novel
Kids' Lit Jodie Minus , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 March 2006; (p. 10)

— Review of The Red Shoe Ursula Dubosarsky , 2006 single work novel ; Dimity Dumpty : The Story of Humpty's Little Sister Bob Graham , 2006 single work picture book ; Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow Christopher McKimmie , 2006 single work picture book
[Review] The Red Shoe Anna Metcalfe , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 85 no. 8 2006; (p. 25)

— Review of The Red Shoe Ursula Dubosarsky , 2006 single work novel
Different Voices Seeking a Delicate Balance Ronni Phillips , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 May 2006; (p. 16)

— Review of The Red Shoe Ursula Dubosarsky , 2006 single work novel
Journey Always Worth Taking Frances Atkinson , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 7 May 2006; (p. 18)

— Review of The Red Shoe Ursula Dubosarsky , 2006 single work novel
A Splash of Genres Pam Macintyre , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 282 2006; (p. 59-60)

— Review of Incurable : The Ellie Chronicles John Marsden , 2005 single work novel ; Cat's Mountain Allan Baillie , 2006 single work novel ; Dreamrider Barry Jonsberg , 2006 single work novel ; Aliki Says Irini Savvides , 2006 single work novel ; Nine Hours North Tim Sinclair , 2006 single work novel ; Rue for Repentance Felicity Pulman , 2006 single work novel ; Pagan's Daughter Catherine Jinks , 2006 single work novel ; The Red Shoe Ursula Dubosarsky , 2006 single work novel ; Sir Thursday Garth Nix , 2006 single work children's fiction
How I Came to Write The Red Shoe Ursula Dubosarsky , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 14 no. 2 2006; (p. 4)
The Children's Book Council of Australia Judges' Report 2007 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 51 no. 3 2007; (p. 5-12)
Adaptation for Theatre 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: ACTWrite , August vol. 14 no. 7 2008; (p. 4-5)
y separately published work icon New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature : Utopian Transformations Clare Bradford , Kerry Mallan , John Stephens , Robyn McCallum , Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan , 2008 Z1559477 2008 selected work criticism 'New World Orders shows how texts for children and young people have responded to the cultural, economic, and political movements of the last 15 years. With a focus on international children's texts produced between 1988 and 2006, the authors discuss how utopian and dystopian tropes are pressed into service to project possible futures to child readers. The book considers what these texts have to say about globalisation, neocolonialism, environmental issues, pressures on families and communities, and the idea of the posthuman.' - Back cover.
Interview with Ursula Dubosarsky Rachel Barrett (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: Phoenix : The University of Sydney Writers Journal 2007; (p. 161-167)
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