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How to Make a Bird | [Martine Murray]

How to Make a Bird

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Young Adult category.

Shortlisted for the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award 2004: Older Readers.

Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award 2004 (Ethel Turner Prize for Books for Young Adults).

(P)2005 Bolinda Publishing

What the Critics Say

"A beautiful and intense experience of a girl, a day, and a whole life. Mannie is an original and observant narrator who distils the essence of people and situations and in doing so is learning how to live." (Children's Book Council of Australia)

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