How to Make a Bird
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. '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.
Commended: Kraft Foods Prize for Young Adult Fiction, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2002.
Readers will love this dynamic survivor's tale of a search for what is important in life.' Australian Bookseller & PublisherShe's done it again.' Ernie Tucker, English in AustraliaThe seductive language evokes the emotional and physical landscapes in a coming of age tale that is beautifully told' Readings MonthlyAug 03Her characters leap off the page one of the most original, irrepressible and exciting voices' to be heard amongst writers at present.' ViewpointVol 11 No. 4 Summer 2003.