HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060295318, 80pp.
Publication Date: April 2, 2002
What do Indian shoes look like, anyway? Like beautiful beaded moccasins...or hightops with bright orange shoelaces?
Ray Halfmoon prefers hightops, but he gladly trades them for a nice pair of moccasins for his Grampa. After all, it's Grampa Halfmoon who's always there to help Ray get in and out of scrapes -- like the time they are forced to get creative after a homemade haircut makes Ray's head look like a lawn-mowing accident.
This collection of interrelated stories is heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny. Cynthia Leitich Smith writes with wit and candor about what it's like to grow up as a Seminole-Cherokee boy who is just as happy pounding the pavement in windy Chicago as rowing on a take in rural Oklahoma.
Jim Madsen has been a professional illustrator for fifteen years. This is his first trade book for children. He lives with his wife and three children in Provo, Utah.
Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed and best-selling author of the first book in this series, Feral Nights, as well as the Tantalize quartet: Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical, and the graphic novels Tantalize: Kieren s Story and Eternal: Zachary s Story, both illustrated by Ming Doyle. About Feral Curse, she says, "In small towns, everybody knows one another. That pushes secrets deeper and occasionally makes them more dangerous." Cynthia lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, author Greg Leitich Smith.
A very pleasing first-chapter book from its funny and tender opening salvo to its heartwarming closer.
Shoes is a good book for any elementary-aged reluctant reader, and a necessity for indigenous children everywhere.
-School Library Journal
This book ably springs Ray Halfmoon free from the paint-and-feathers representations of American Indians
-Chicago Sunday Tribune
“…this is a book so permeated with affection that many readers will just bask in the warmth [of it]…”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books