Murray, Martine. The slightly true story of Cedar B. Hartley (who planned to live an unusual life).

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review
 
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MURRAY, Martine. The sightly true story of Cedar B. Hartley (who planned to live an unusual life). Scholastic. 233p. illus. c2002. 0-439-48623-8. $4.99. J*

To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2003: This is a first novel for Martine Murray. It is filled with Australian slang (glossary included), which shouldn't be much of a problem for readers who aren't Australian. It's a quirky novel, original, filled with energy. Cedar is 12, almost 13. She is left alone quite a bit, with a hardworking mother who is distracted much of the time. She misses her older brother Barnaby who recently left home under bad circumstances involving the neighborhood teenagers. Barnaby sends home cryptic postcards, but never tells them where he is. Cedar's father died when she was little and she knows there is more to him than she's been told. Cedar is fussed over by Ricci, the older Yugoslavian woman who lives next door, and she hangs out with Caramella, her best friend, another unusual girl. She is a physical person and when she meets Kite, who is trying to be an acrobat...

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