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Martine Murray – The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley


This delightful book for young adults (or adults who have young hearts!)

is totally engaging.  I picked it up yesterday at a second-hand

book sale and have not put it down!

Martine Murray was born in Melbourne and this is her

first novel published by MacMillan in 2003, thankfully

she has gone on to write several others!

Cedar B. Hartley, the heroine is an adorable, unusual little

girl and together with her dog ‘Stinky’ we are taken on a

‘quirky, exasperating’ journey of her everyday experiences.

Philip Ardagh of the Guardian writes of it:

“Perfect. Very funny and deeply moving.

Treasure it”

Cedar’s favourite thing is to hang ‘upside down’, she feels that this way

you get a more realistic view of the world.

She also plans to one day build a philosophy on

‘bees’, why (they are paradoxical in that)

they give us sweet honey, yet

have a sting to hurt us, perhaps something

about life?!?

A heart-warming ‘darling’ of a book, most enjoyable!

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