The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley: (who planned to live an unusual life)

The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley: (who planned to live an unusual life)

by Martine Murray

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A wonderfully human and humane debut from the Australian Kate DiCamillo

Cedar B. Hartley is exasperating and potentially infamous.
She steps on cracks. She plans to live an unusual life. She is the winner of her school's Bat Pole Championship (which she made up). She misses her brother Barnaby, who ran away, and who sends her postcards from all over. And she's definitely a hopeless winker.
But Cedar B. Hartley has potential. She knows the long distance between an idea and the real thing. And she has a green thumb for people -- which will come in handy as she discovers truths about her friends, her family, and her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439486231
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Martine Murray is the author of THE SLIGHTLY TRUE STORY OF CEDAR B. HARTLEY, which received three starred reviews and was named to Booklist's roundup of Top Ten First Novels for Youth. She lives in Victoria, Australia.

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The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What¿s the most difficult part of life when you are a teen or a near-teen? One of the toughest parts has to be trying to figure out how much to blend and how much to be yourself at the same time that the world is telling you to blend, blend, blend. Cedar doesn¿t really do blending.What Cedar does do is people. Cedar has a green thumb for people. One of her friends tells her this, to Cedar¿s delight. And thank goodness for that green thumb when your father has died mysteriously and your seventeen-year-old brother is accused of stealing and has run away and your mom is working two jobs and your new best friend Kite has circus parents who¿ve split and your Yugoslavian neighbor has a dog who needs a $500 operation. I can¿t possibly tell you how good this book is unless I give you a little sample. Here¿s a bit from where Cedar goes to Kite¿s house for the first time:¿I met his dad. They lived in a small house with a long hall and windows on only one side. So it was dark and smelled like wet socks and bathmats. The other side was joined to another house that looked almost the same. It wasn¿t as messy as you might think a house without a mother in it might be, but it wasn¿t swept and stainless and steely, like the Bartons¿, and there were no good cooking smells like at Caramella¿s. Also, there weren¿t any pictures on the walls or things on shelves, like at our house. It was house without things. At least without little things. For me, since I¿m a major snoop, it was a bit like opening a photo album and finding it empty.¿I wanted to show you some of the little pictures Cedar draws in the book, but I couldn¿t find any online, so I had to take my own, very bad photo of some: Do you see how good this book is? If you don¿t yet, you need to get it and read it and then you will see for yourself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book! It was like a mystery in a way with Barnaby and Cedar's Dad. The book was also funny and cool with all of the acrobatics....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so lovely and special. READ IT!