by Shonna Slayton
Release Date: 10/06/15
Summary from Goodreads:The war may be over, but Kate Allen’s life is still in upheaval. Not only has she discovered that Cinderella was real, but now she's been made Keeper of the Wardrobe, her sole responsibility to protect Cinderella’s magical dresses from the greed of the evil stepsisters’ modern descendants.
But Cinderella’s dresses are just the beginning. It turns out that the priceless glass slippers might actually exist, too, and they could hold the power to reunite lost loved ones like her father—missing in action since World War II ended. As Kate and her boyfriend, Johnny, embark on an adventure from New York to Italy and Poland in search of the mysterious slippers, they will be tested in ways they never imagined.
Because when you harness Cinderella's magic, danger and evil are sure to follow...
First book in the series:
Giveaway Info: U.S. Only. A paperback of Cinderella’s Dress and a CD of the Disney Cinderella (2015) Soundtrack
About the AuthorSHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novels Cinderella's Dress, (Summer 2014) and Cinderella's Shoes (Fall 2015) published by Entangled Teen. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.
One of the fun aspects about writing historical novels is that you get to revisit old technology. For example, when my characters travel to Europe, they don’t fly because commercial airlines didn’t really get started until the 1950s. There were some commercial flights, during the time period of Cinderella’s Shoes, but not anywhere near like we see today! Most people crossed the Atlantic via ocean liners like the Queen Mary.
Fun fact: Orville Wright, one of the inventors of the airplane was still alive during WWII. He died in 1948, the year after Cinderella’s Shoes takes place. (His brother Wilber died in 1912.) I wonder what Orville thought about how his invention was being used in the war!
Another technology that has change since the 1940s is the camera. In Cinderella’s Shoes, Kate’s boss gives her a Kodak Brownie Flash six-twenty camera to take photos on her trip. A camera like this would have cost around six dollars, and was a bulky square shape. You would also need to buy film, and flash bulbs. For today’s generation, with cameras built into our phones, it would seem such a hassle to take a photo. Plus, you had to pay for processing, and couldn’t see how good a shot you had until it came back from developing. Oh, and the prints were black and white. Color film was available then, but more costly, and didn’t become widely used in the 1960s.
If you are interested in these 1940’s artifacts, check out my Pinterest board where I post photos and links to articles: 1940s Home Front
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