Fitting In-Her Shoes and Life

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"In The Lovely Shoes," by Susan Shreve, Franny Hall is an ordinary ninth-grade girl. Except for one problem–she has a deformed leg.

"In The Lovely Shoes," by Susan Shreve, Franny Hall is an ordinary ninth-grade girl. Except for one problem–she has a deformed leg. In elementary school, her leg didn't bother her, but now, in high school, it embarrasses her. Growing up in the 1950s, Franny is called a "gimp" and "crippled." She is forced to always wear a huge orthopedic boot.

 

Her ever optimistic mother tries to find a normal pair of shoes to wear to her first high school dance. Franny's mother thinks she's found the perfect shoes for the dance, but Franny isn't so sure. In spite of her doubts, Franny goes to the dance, toilet paper stuffed in the toe of the shoe to replace the orthopedic boot. She ends up even more embarrassed than before.

 

While Franny is locked in her room, hiding, after the dance, her mother finds yet another perfect solution. Signor Ferragamo, an Italian shoemaker, makes shoes for movie stars, celebrities, and crippled girls. Franny and her mother head to Italy to find "the lovely shoes". Will the shoes end up another failure?

 

Set in the 1950s, and based on the author's own story, this is a wonderful story of mothers, daughters, friendships, and shoes. I would recommend this book to girls twelve and up.