Red Shoes

Red Shoes

A story of the morality of angels, and the demons working behind the mak of charisma. As a child in Tasmania, Petra Penfold-Knight was all too used to getting her own way, and to others doing her bidding. As a divinely beautiful adult in Melbourne in the 1960s, she gravitates towards the obvious place for someone born to be followed - the head of a religious cult. The cult, known as the Hill House Brethren, attracts its members through the magnetic charisma of Petra as well as by more sinister means, such as kidnapping patients from Mandala Psychiatric Clinic - site of the Deep Sleep Therapy so powerfully explored in The White Garden - and stealing children born to girls out of wedlock. One of these children is Celeste, daughter of the troubled Sylvie, who, once her child is lost to her, reverts to a second childhood of her own, cutting herself off from the world. The triangle of Petra, Sylvie and Celeste works as a powerful archetype for all children forced out of their natural families by people incapable of loving them. To Petra, strangely cold and emotionally aloof, her devoted followers are mere playthings, and as a child tires of its toys so too does she eventually tire of her little game with them. But what is there left to someone who has exercised total control over the lives of others and only an illusionary control over her own. When the fantasy dies, so too must Petra. Red Shoes is told in the voice of Petra's guardian angel, a wickedly witty and irreverent character called Boh, whose naughty take on life makes this a tale of biting humour as well as pathos. Taking its title from the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale about the girl who could not stop dancing, ot explores the darker side of female sexuality along with the bodily mutilation inherent in the romantic pursuit of ballet. Petra, as so many young girls are, was obsessed with ballet as a child and has all her followers in the Hill House Brethren wear red shoes, a symbol of surender to her her will. Red Shoes is linked to extensive footnotes - not academic style footnotes but a reading experience in their own right. (The only reason they're actually called footnotes is for te obvious play on the novel's title and theme.) They contain versions of the ancient narratives, myths and symbols around which Carmel Bird has constructed her extraordinary tale of the nature of reality and the realms that lie behind the seemingly ordinary. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Carmel Bird was born in Tasmania and lives in Melbourne. She is the author of four novels, several volumes of short fiction (the most recent of which was Automatic Teller), and the editor of two anthologies. She has been published to critical acclaim and has twice been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Carmel Bird taught creative writing for many years and has written two inspirational guides for writers: Dear Writer and Not Now Jack - I'm Writing a Novel. SELLING POINTS *** The prequel to the acclaimed White Garden, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. *** a CD-ROM version of the novel is available free to those who want one. The CD allows the reader tomove between the main story and the footnotes at the click of a mouse, and also includes songs, music and artwork of images in the text. Three thousand copies of the CD have been pressed. *** Red Shoes is an utterly delightful and engaging look at fairytales - there is a strong market here to be tapped into. *** Carmel Bird is a terrific promoter of her work and has a wide network of contacts. *** While not an official guest of the Adelaide Festival, Carmel will be doing a reading from Red Shoes during Writer's Week.

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes


The Tale of Rufus's Red Shoes

The Tale of Rufus's Red Shoes

A city in peril is in need of a hero. Who will save the day? A young boy's dream, determination, imagination, and a pair of mystical red shoes propels him on a magical journey of untold excitement, exploits, and danger. Join Rufus Jones, and his magical red shoes, as he performs unimaginable feats of strength and couragea "from rescuing a cat caught in a tree to lifting a sinking ship on to the shore. In The Tale of Rufus' Red Shoes, new author Lawrence D. Brown will take you on the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime and an epic adventure you and your children will never forget. Are you ready?"

Nakai and the Red Shoes

Nakai and the Red Shoes

Nakai is a bright, curious, and ambitious nine-year old girl who lives with her parents in Labadi, a small village in Ghana, West Africa. She has never owned a pair of real shoes beyond the makeshift ones her father crafts for her at the start of the school year. One day, while selling her mother's nut bread at the market to help support her family, she finds a surprising treasure that inspires a quest: a Sears catalog from the United States. She is absolutely mesmerized by the American fashions-especially a dazzling pair of red shoes. Excited and inspired, she races home to share her discovery. Undaunted by her parents, who sadly admit that they cannot afford to buy the shoes for her, Nakai becomes more determined than ever to solve her problem. She quickly decides to find a way to buy them for herself. With the help of her independent-minded pet goat, Bongo, she embarks on a series of adventures and plans-some more successful than others-to raise the money she needs to buy her very first pair of shoes.

New Shoes, Red Shoes

New Shoes, Red Shoes

Two shoes, small shoes, off to get some new shoes This simple and very young picture book, with its bouncy, rhyming text, large illustrations and lovely large type follows a little girl and her mother on their journey to buy some new shoes. On the bus and through the park to the shoe shop - there are different kinds of shoes every-where. Back home again with the lovely shiny new shoes, and then it's party time. These are dancing shoes The rythmic, rhyming text and bold colourful images make this a perfect first picture book.

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

There was once a poor little girl called Karen. In summer, she walked barefoot and in winter, she wore clogs that hurt her feet. She had no choice, it was all she had. Dame Shoemaker wanted to help her and sewed, as best she could, a pair of red shoes. When she wore them for the first time, Karen’s life took an unexpected turn. Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author, poet and artist. Celebrated for children’s literature, his most cherished fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Little Match Girl". His books have been translated into every living language, and today there is no child or adult that has not met Andersen's whimsical characters. His fairy tales have been adapted to stage and screen countless times, most notably by Disney with the animated films "The Little Mermaid" in 1989 and "Frozen", which is loosely based on "The Snow Queen", in 2013. Thanks to Andersen's contribution to children's literature, his birth date, April 2, is celebrated as International Children's Book Day.

Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Red Shoes

Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Red Shoes

One day the three boys decided to buy their mother the perfect birthday present--a pair of red shoes. They set out to earn some money. Snipp painted a fence; Snapp cleaned a chimney; and Snurr worked in a flour mill.

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

This book is very uplifting and inspiring. But most of all, you are the main character of this book. Every event in this story plays out a role in your own life. It has many lessons to be learned, which we can teach and pass down to our children, such as value, moral, and most of all unconditional love. This book tells a story about how the main character, the red shoes, has to make a serious decision and take journey into the unknown that will determine its fate. The rest is up to you. I know you will love the story and love the beautiful illustration. Most of all, your family and friends will enjoy reading this book over and over again. Sincerely, Maria Reza The Author

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes