The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes (Hardcover)

A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes

By Roderick Townley, Mary Grandpre (Illustrator)

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780375856006, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2009



It was only one shoe. It fit no one. But everyone wanted it.

Hap Barlo sits in a cell, wondering how it had all gone so wrong. The blue shoe was ruined, the girl he’d been trying to help was missing, and he’d been branded a thief—again! He would be banished to the far side of Mount Xexnax in the morning.

On the bright side, now he might be able to rescue his father, who had been banished last year. No one has ever returned from Xexnax, so perhaps Hap is a tad optimistic to be dreaming of rescue. Then again, perhaps a dreamer, a doer, and a thief is just the kind of boy who could challenge this mountain—and win!

First edition will be printed in blue ink!

About the Author

Roderick Townley's books have received many stars and accolades. You can read more about him at He lives in Kansas.

Mary GrandPre is perhaps best known for creating the jackets and illustrations for the Harry Potter books. She has also illustrated many fine picture books. You can read more about her work at