Shoefiti in the Book “Miracle Boy”

A book review of the book Miracle Boy at Emerging Writers notes the symbolism of shoes hanging from a powerline:

I thought the key turning point in the story was when Lizard’s focus shifts from his own discomfort seeing the shoes dangling from the wire to wondering how Miracle Boy felt about the shoes:

He figured everybody in the school saw those shoes. Everybody knew whose shoes those were. Lizard figured that Miracle Boy must see them every day on his way home. He wondered what Miracle Boy thought about that, his shoes hung up in the wires, on display like some kind of trophy…he wondered if Miracle Boy ever worried about those shoes. He took up watching Miracle Boy in school for signs of worry. (p. 5)

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