Thursday, February 11, 2016


One of my favourite voices in Australian fiction for younger readers:

"Everything happens after school and before dinner. That's when you go out with your dog or your skateboard or your secret plan. There's a spilling - kids come tumbling out of doors and fences, with blobs of jam on their chins and jumbled-up notions in their minds and a loosed-up flop in their strut. We pile onto the street and shoot out a riot of looks and hunches, we sniff about, hook up our notions, pace our minds up and down the street and wait for something to happen, because something always will. It's like a chemical rule - mix up kids on a long slope of bitumen with bikes and boards and dogs and a lazy lurking need to mess with the lattice of rules that looms over you at school, and before long something happens."

 - The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley (who planned to live an unusual life) by Martine Murray

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