There were only eleven of them, like eleven sisters all the same age in a large family. Because it was such a very small class, they had a very small classroom, which was perched at the very top of the school. 'Today, girls,' said Miss Renshaw, 'we shall go out into the beautiful garden and think about death.' So off they go, and in the garden they meet a poet - a dreamy young man with a voice like an owl who takes them to a cave at the nearby beach. The girls wait while the poet and Miss Renshaw explore the cave. They wait. And they wait. And they wait. But Miss Renshaw and the strange man never reappear. So the girls make their way back to school alone. As the days turn into weeks and innuendo turns into scandal, they remain loyal to Miss Renshaw. But what really happened that day on the beach? And do the girls kw more than they are letting on?
Ursula Dubosarsky is widely regarded as one of the most talented and original writers in Australia today. She is the author of many outstanding books, both for young adults and for children, and has won numerous awards for excellence. In 2007 The Red Shoe won the Queensland Premiers Award, the NSW State Literary Award -Young Adult, and was an Honour Book in the CBC Book of the Year Award for Older Readers. Ursula has a PhD in English literature from Macquarie University, and lives in Sydney with her family.
Commended for Sisters in Crime's Davitt Awards: Best Young Adult Novel 2012. Shortlisted for Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature: Young Adult Fiction 2012 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Older Readers 2012 and NSW Premier's Literary Award 2012 and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Young Adult Book 2011.