The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley

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The slightly true story of Cedar B. Hartley
(who planned to live an unusual life)

By Martine Murray

As Bo Diddley quoted, “Don't judge a book by its cover” I have always believed in this quote. So one day when I picked up 'The slightly true story of Cedar B. Hartley (who planned to live an unusual life)' I was tempted to but it down when I saw the cover, but I remembered what Mr Diddley had said and decided to give it a go. To my disappointment the book was pointless and extremely boring.

Martine Murray is an Australian author and illustrator currently living in Melbourne, Australia. She has written many critically acclaimed books. She started writing because she thought it would be a good idea to learn a practical skill like typing.

The slightly true story of Cedar B. Hartley (who planned to live an unusual life) is a book that I simply did not enjoy reading. I found the plot very boring and the story was very slow paced. There was no originality in the book. The characters on the other hand is very different matter itself. Martine Murray has developed each characters personality thoroughly.

Cedar B. Hartley has hellish red hair and is exasperatingly infamous. She avoids action in her street and drifts instead towards the puddles. In Cedar's puddle there's Cedar who'd really like to be called Lana Munroe. Her friend Caramella Zito and Ricci a fifty year old lady. But suddenly, things seem to change. Its starts off when her dog Stinky disappears or when her brother Barnaby ran away. Cedar meets a boy called Kite, who swings from trees and does hand springs. Her puddle is getting bigger and more complicated. Kite's father Ruben used to be in the circus, his friend Oscar who wobbles and is unstable. Oscar's mother ran off with another man abandoning him. New things are happening. Cedar is learning to balance and tumbles with Kite. They practise tumble turns and handstands. Ricci's dog is sick and needs an operation. Cedar plans to...
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