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