The second funny, touching chapter in the life of Cedar B. Hartley, who plans to be infamous. Cedar's world turns upside down when her almost-boyfriend, Kite, moves to Albury to join a professional circus.
Once I was a skinny redhead with a dog called Stinky and a lot of things to find out. Then I met Kite. Kite showed me how to be an acrobat, and I showed him some stuff too. Because I'm always having ideas. I can't help it. Like it was my idea to make a circus with all the others, but, to tell you the truth, I don't know whose idea the kiss was. Some things just happen. Some things are glorious and make you feel like you might just fall in love and some things are terrible, like what happened at the rehearsal. Kite looked at me and I knew a terrible terrible thing was about to happen. I'd better tell you the whole story.
Cedar B. Hartley - the original, irrepressible, and potentially infamous - is pulled between a glamorous high-flying dream and her own circus of friends, in this funny, wise, exhilarating story.
Praise for The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley (who planned to live an unusual life):
Once in a while you read a book so perfect you can't imagine it being written any other way. (It) is very funny, deeply moving and just about all you could ask for in a novel for children, or adults come to that '
Philip Ardagh in the Guardian UK
Martine Murray is a young author/ illustrator. Born in Melbourne, she has travelled widely and now lives in Thornbury. She says she has been a student for much longer than one should be, studying painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, filmmaking, dance and dance therapy, and writing. She teaches yoga and circus skills, makes dance theatre and writes stories. She likes dancing, walking and hanging upside-down on things.
Winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Children's Book Award 2006 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
10 - 13