Ursula Dubosarsky's The Red Shoe is a book that deserves strong support in the Young Adult area. Funny and tender, this is the story of Matilda and her two sisters growing up in Sydney, Australia, in the early 1950s during the Cold War. Their father is mentally unstable and rarely home, their mother is "wrapped" up with their uncle, one of the sisters is having a breakdown, and a Russian spy defection is possibly taking place next door. The Red Shoe illustrates wonderfully how the large events of the world can even have a strong impact on our ordinary lives. This is a novel by one of Australia's gifted writers for young people - he's one to watch!