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Breathtaking illustrations run alongside this fairytale retelling! 

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Can the soldier solve the mystery?

It’s always wonderful to have our books reviewed by BookTrust. They have written a fantastic review of The Secret of the Tattered Shoes! Written by Jackie Morris and beautifully illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi, The Secret of the Tattered Shoes is the latest book in our One Story, Many Voices series. Read the BookTrust review below!


A weary soldier meets a woman in the forest who brims with light and life. She tells the soldier that in a nearby castle there is a king who has 12 beautiful daughters.

Each night, the daughters are locked inside their bedroom, but in the morning, they wake so weary they can hardly stand, and their shoes are worn through. If the soldier can solve the mystery, he may choose a bride from among the princesses and rule the land.

Yet when the soldier finds out the princesses’ secret, will he divulge it and take the power he has been offered, or seek something else instead?

Ehsan Abdollahi’s transfixingly beautiful illustration is absolutely breathtaking when it runs alongside Jackie Morris’ retelling of the fairytale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. For parents and carers worried about dark endings and rather gory consequences for women in traditional fairy tales, there’s a happy ending for the soldier and the princesses in this version.

  • Read an interview with author Jackie Morris
  • Watch the trailer for The Secret of the Tattered Shoes
  • Mathew Tobin gives The Secret of the Tattered Shoes a five star review!
  • The Sunday Times picks The Secret of the Tattered Shoes as Book of the Week!

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