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The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley


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From the author: I think this book is mainly about belonging. More specifically, it's about belonging exactly as you are, without having to tone down or change your colour in order to blend in. It's about learning to believe enough in you own uniqueness to let it shine out. And it's about the trouble we sometimes have to go to if there isn't a perfectly-shaped spot for us to fit into (and shine out from). I hope it encourages people to carve out that spot instead of carving some of themselves away (or dulling their own light) in order to fit into the small spots that are already there. I think Cedar learns how to carve out her spot, and in doing that she creates a special community of friends and family who can link their shining selves in support of each other. I think it is also about friendship and family. Close relationships can be so very complicated. This book is about those complications. I see them as being the curly threads that we struggle to unravel. Whether w

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Shortlisted 2003: NSW Premier's Literary Award; Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Book.SHORTLISTED: Children's Book of the year Awards (The Children's Book Council of Australia). In the category: 2003 Book of the Year - Younger Readers.

About the Author

Martine Murray is a new, young author/illustrator. Born in Melbourne, she has travelled widely and now lives in East Brunswick. 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. Martine is the author and illustrator of A Moose Called Mouse (Allen + Unwin) and author of A Dog Called Bear (Random House).


'Martine Murray's sparky wit captures a joyously weightless world'Sunday Age17/2/2002'a remarkable novel about learning to accept yourself for who you are and realising your full potential...it would give any young reader a feeling of acceptance and teach them to celebrate their individuality'- Michele Perry, The Blurb, Issue 16'I feel really sad that the book is over; it was such a wonderful story that I want it to never finish.' Marnie (aged 9)'a wise, witty, endlessly inventive narrative - seriously charming'Robyn Sheahan-Bright, Australian Book ReviewApril 2002

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