Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Silver Shoes by Paul Miles Schneider

Donald Gardner's family takes a summer road trip through Kansas, which is the most boring way Donald could imagine spending his summer. On their trek home, his family is on its last roadside stop when Donald's mother meets a poor woman. To get money, this poor woman sells the only thing she has to Donald's mother: a single silver shoe.

When the school year begins, Donald brings the shoe in to show his classmates, and the connection between The Wizard of the Oz by L. Frank Baum and the shoe is made. One girl from his class relates how in the book by L. Frank Baum the shoe is silver as well. Later when Donald walks home from school with his friends, he is dared to try the shoe on, and from then on strange things happen around Donald. A man, George Clarke, comes out of hiding and meets Donald. Together they untangle the true secrets behind Baum's story.

The beginning of the book was a little slow but quickly jumped into the rush of the story. Otherwise, it was an upbeat and fast paced read. It brought in elements from L. Frank Baum's book and added a new story that will please Baum's fans. When I began reading the book I couldn't put it down. I recommend this book to not only to fans of Baum, but also to people who want a thrilling ride.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, PA United States