How To Make A Bird by Martine Murray

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A beautiful novel that captures the aching of a teenager ready to heal.

It's dawn, on an empty road in the countryside. Empty, except for the girl in the long, red evening gown, standing next to a bicycle, and looking back at the home she's about to leave. Mannie's ready to start a new life and forget the terrible things that have happened here, but there are questions that need to be answered before she can let go. Questions about her elegant but unstable mother, her brother who's always overshadowed her, and his friend Harry Jacob, who just might be Mannie's boyfriend . . .
 

About Martine Murray

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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.
 
Published May 1, 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 244 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Setting off at dawn, carrying a backpack and wearing a long evening gown, Mannie aims to escape her troubled life in small-town southern Australia.

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Now Mannie plans to travel from her small Australian town of Castlemaine to Melbourne to visit her grandmother, then perhaps on to Sydney and Paris to find the freedom to strike out on her own: "I'd just float off, figuring that life would be better if I was a bird and not a girl with a bung leg ...

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