Breaking the Spine to spotlight an upcoming release that we're excited about. This week I'm waiting on The Lovely Shoes by Susan Shreve.
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 -- *mortifying*, in their small Ohio town.
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.
This sounds like it will be very sweet. The main character also has a physical disability, something that is underrepresented in middle grade and YA literature.
The Lovely Shoes will be available in June.