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Townley, Roderick.
New York : Knopf, 2009
IL 3-6, RL 5.9
ISBN 0375856005
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13-year-old Hap Barlo had been reduced to begging and thieving after his father was arrested and exiled to hard labor on Mount Xexnax by the mayor of Aplanap. Grel, the simple, kindly village shoemaker, took in the bright and cheerful lad and taught him his trade. One night, a tall, mysterious stranger slipped into the shop at closing time. He commissioned Grel to make him a shoe…just one, but it must be adorned with every blue jewel contained in the pouch he left with him.

The shoemaker applied all his talent and skill to creating this special shoe; he then wrapped it in paper and stored it away in a closet, away from prying eyes. But young Hap was not a lad who could keep a secret for long…soon enough, word was out, and the whole town flocked to see this masterpiece. But suddenly, the largest diamond went missing! Fingers were pointed at Hap, who was then sentenced to hard labor in the same mines as his father, on the same mysterious mountain! Who will uncover the real culprit and rescue Hap from his dire fate?

Rich characters, high adventure and a touch of magic imbue this fairytale with tremendous charm and intrigue.   (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)

SUBJECTS:     Exile (Punishment) -- Fiction.
                        Shoes -- Fiction.
                        Good and evil -- Fiction.

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