How to make a bird

Martine Murray
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Mannie is escaping - from small town life, from family mysteries, from grief, from her fragile former self; she's heading for the city in search of an elusive 'something' to make herself feel right. A YA novel of rare sensitivity, whimsical humour and revelation.

WINNER: 2002 QLD Premier's Literary Awards.

I'm not a bad person. I've simply come out of left field. I'm a stray and, anyway, whatever I am, I'm not it yet. I'm still becoming. In fact, I'd always believed that I was once a horse, because I loved to run down a hill. And Eddie was a fish. He was a swaggerer, if you know what I mean. Flimsy but loveable.

Mannie is searching for the thing she doesn't yet know, but it's like a runaway kite pulling her heart forward. So she's leaving home. She's heading for the city with nothing but a long red dress, a strong hunch, and an unknown address in her pocket. As the day turns to night, Mannie makes a lot of discoveries and not exactly the ones she planned to make.

With rare sensitivity, wisdom and humour, and a voice that's entirely her own, Martine Murray tells a bittersweet story about longing and losing and finding again.

Author bio:

Martine Murray is a young author/illustrator. Born in Melbourne, she has travelled widely and now lives in Elwood. She says she has been a student for much longer than one should be, studying painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, filmmaking, dance and dance therapy, and writing. She teaches yoga and circus skills, makes dance theatre and writes stories. She likes dancing, walking and hanging upside-down on things.

Martine is the author and illustrator of A Moose Called Mouse and The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley (Allen + Unwin) and author of A Dog Called Bear (Random House).

Category: Children's
ISBN: 9781741141092
Awards: Short-listed USBBY (United States Board of Books for Young People) list of Outstanding International Books for ch 2011 US; Short-listed CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2004 2004 AU; Commended Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Young Adults 2002 AU; Commended Kraft Foods Prize for Young Adult Fiction 2002 AU; Winner QLD Premier's Literary Award for Young Adults 2002 AU
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: August 2003
Page Extent: 240
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 14 - 16
Subject: Children's, Teenage & educational