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Story Stats

Rating: 5
Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Page count: 5



Appeared in

Short Takes: A Short Story Collection for Young Readers

Story Summary

One of the few stories John Wideman ever wrote for children, this is a touching story of a boy who never knew his uncle Eugene - killed on Guam - but finds an old pair of Eugene's shoes under a bed. The soft feel and smell brings the boy closer to the uncle everyone refused to talk about.