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The Slightly True Story of Cedar B Hartley By Martine Murray is a funny witty and at times moving book written through the eyes of a young Australian girl who loves to talk and is always interested in everything Her older brother Barnaby who has run away but leaves poetic letters in the mail box her friend Caramella who eats lots of biscuits Kite the bird-person not a catdog-person and his friend Oscar who wobbles all the time and even Stinky all have a big part to play in this vivid story Cedar narrates the story in a casual friendly and amusing way that makes you want to keep on reading She says everything on her mind in easily understandable words and draws little pictures even though she admits that she doesnt draw well throughout the books pages to show you what she is talking about The language is interesting conversational and gives you a clear picture Throughout the book Barnaby sends melodramatic letters poetically expressing his feelings Cedar also brings up unusual comments and questions in the book which make you think The plot is believable as it is set in real life It is easy to follow yet lots of things are happening It is quite hard to put down because you feel that shes talking to you about all the interesting things that she remembers from the past or are happening in the present Another good thing about this book is that the characters are varied and seem real You feel that you know them from the way they speak I think the book might have been trying to convey a message because it talks a bit about hippies and the political views of greenies It is subtle though and didnt intrude on my enjoyment of the story Unfortunately the ending is abrupt and I would have liked to see more development of Barnabys relationship with his family when he eventually returns
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