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The Slightly True Story of Cedar B.Hartley: (Who Planned to Live an Unusual Life) Paperback – 4 Jun 2004

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition edition (4 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330415433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330415439
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,045,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Martine Murray's sparky wit captures a joyously weightless world'Sunday Age17/2/2002'a remarkable novel about learning to accept yourself for who you are and realising your full potential...it would give any young reader a feeling of acceptance and teach them to celebrate their individuality'- Michele Perry, The Blurb, Issue 16'I feel really sad that the book is over; it was such a wonderful story that I want it to never finish.' Marnie (aged 9)'a wise, witty, endlessly inventive narrative - seriously charming'Robyn Sheahan-Bright, Australian Book ReviewApril 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Martine Murray was born in Melbourne and still lives there. This is her first novel but she has written and illustrated two picture books in Australia: A Dog Called Bear and A Moose Called Mouse. She has studied art, acrobatics and dance, and would like to buy a car with air-conditioning one day.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2003
Format: Paperback
Martine Murray's brilliance, like any good acrobat, is to make the tricks look easy. In Cedar B Hartley, she mixes witty sketches and illustrations into a story about suburban kids who put on a tumbling show. Cedar B Hartley, the narrator with a vivid imagination, is warm-hearted and endearing. Though Cedar's home life is turbulent, her humour, imagination and bravado save the day. Martine Murray, a former circus artist and dancer, as well as a trained artist, delivers a really joyful performance in her debut novel. Yes, indeed Martine Murray is a huge talent. This debut novel has been shortlisted in major Australian children and youth fiction awards.Highly recommended for ages 10-14.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Paddon VINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
I was first drawn to this book by a review of it in the Times one Sunday. The reviewer, Philip Ardagh, describes it as 'perfect', so I really thought that I would make the effort to read it.
When I bought it, it was in the 'Young Adult' section of my local shop, and as my daughter is 10, I thought that I would check it out to see if it was suitable for her (well, that's my excuse).
So was I pleased that I made the effort? Yes, I am. It's a warm bath and glass of wine type of book, and really took me back to being 10, with the world and all it's oddities. Cedar is growing up with her Mum, her Dad having died, and older brother Barnaby having gone away. She meets a boy called Kite (cool name), and the book tells of their friendship, and their passion for acrobatics.
Wrote from Cedar's perspective, it is heart warming and thoughtful. To make me feel 10 again is great- seeing I am 35! I am now pestering my daughter to read it!
Make some time for you, and read this book- for you. It's worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
Martine Murray's brilliant fictional novel describes the life of a young teenage girl:cedar,she has dreams but when her precious dog stinky runs away and her brother travels to a different country, cedar meets an unusual but true friend-Kite.Kite is a professsional acrobat and together they both become the acrobrats!Cedar's character is one of a kind and the story is humourous and at the same time and brilliant book! Kite,cedar and a little help from their friends they put on a marvellous show as a favour for a neighbour.Recommended for 10-15.
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This is a brilliant book. Although published as a book for children, it's suitable for all ages -- slightly more so for women than men, possibly. I loaned, and subsequently lost, my original copy; so I bought another as it's something I return to from time to time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
Martine Murray's brilliant fictional book decribes the life of a teenage girl-Cedar B.Hartley.Cedar has many dreams but when her only true and precious companion- Stinky her dog runs away and her brother travels to a different country Cedar thinks her dreams are shattered.Although when her dog Stinky is discovered she meets another true friend-Kite.He also lives an unusual life as he is a professional acrobat but together they both realise their dreams come true.They become the ACROBRATS!The two true friends meet up and practise their speciality and with it they put on a show as a favour for their neighbour.Recommended for 10-15 yrs.
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