A spiky story in rhyme about a girl who has a unique view of the world and just can't be made to fit in! The darkly humorous illustrations by Drahos Zak make an irresistible package.
At Mary's fine school there was only one rule -
Do everything everyone said
And rule number two, introduced by Miss Poole
Was NEVER to stand on your head.
Mary is an upside-down girl and there is just no stopping her.
The True Story of Mary, told in 31 verses, is a celebration of what is wayward, wilful and extraordinary in every child.
Jane Godwin is the highly acclaimed author of many books for children. The Family Tree won the 2000 Queensland Premier's Award (Children's Books), Sebby, Stee, the Garbos and Me was shortlisted for the 1999 NSW State Literary Award and was a YABBA finalist. Jane's most recent novel is Minnie and the Superguys (2004) and she is currently working on a sequel, set in Harbin, Northern China.
Drahos Zak is a fine artist and illustrator. Many of his books, including Murgatroyd's Garden and The Brothers Gruesome, have been internationally acclaimed.
Winner, Aurealis Award, Best Children's Fiction (told primarily through pictures), 2006
Short-listed, CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2006, 2006
Short-listed, Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Upper Primary Children, 2006
Allen & Unwin
A & U Children
6 - 12