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The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley

(Who Planned to Live an Unusual Life)
Narrated by: Anna Steen
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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Summary

A funny, tender and wise story about nearly 13-year-old Cedar B. Hartley - who loses her dog, finds a new friend, becomes an acrobat and learns some bitter sweet truths about family, community and herself. Cedar B. Hartley is not easily accepted by her peers. Her dog Stinky is her best mate. Things start to change when she meets a boy called Kite and finds they have a lot in common - both have single parents, both are loners with colourful inner lives, both like beanies, dogs and acrobats. Together they form a circus troupe which unifies the inner city community.

Actor Anna Steen's superb narration captures the essence of this story about belonging, uniqueness, family and friends. Through her story Cedar B. Hartley unravels many mysteries and gains understanding of the complications of life - and is uplifted by it.

©2012 Martine Murray (P)2002 Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Producer: Heather Steen. Technical: Graham Milne. Music: Sean Peter.

Critic reviews

"An ordinary suburb populated by ordinary, if eccentric, characters is made extraordinary by Murray's vivid writing. Cedar's charming voice, the strong sense of place, and the author's interior drawings add up to a superb first audiobook." (Kirkus reviews, starred review)
"Murray is capable of startling power." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Cedar's witty, wry voice will seduce even the most cynical." (Bulletin)

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