The Kansas City Public Library welcomes author Roderick Townley for a presentation based on his new book The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes.
The Blue Shoe is an off-center fairy tale that deals with timely issues— greed, prejudice, and the cost of loyalty—with a light touch. An apprentice shoemaker, Hap Barlo is accused of theft and banished to the far side of Mount Xexnax. The punishment is a favor because Hap hopes to find his father, since he’s also been sent to Mount Xexnax. Townley offers an imaginative world for middle school readers with quirkier-than-life characters, dangerous escapades, daring escapes, evil miners, surprising allies, and a mysterious and beautiful blue shoe.
The book features illustrations by Mary GrandPré, the artist renowned for the covers and illustrations for the Harry Potter books.
Roderick Townley has taught in Chile on a Fulbright Fellowship and worked in New York as a journalist. He now writes from his home in Overland Park.