Winner Queensland Premiers Literary Awards, Young Adult category.Shortlisted Childrens Book Council Book of the Year Award 2004: Older Readers.Shortlisted NSW Premiers Literary Award 2004 (Ethel Turner Prize for Books for Young Adults)Published in UK (Arthur Levine) and Holland (Vassallucci).Mannie is searching for the thing she doesnt 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.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. Reading Time (Childrens Book Council of Australia) a quirky tale of longing and self-discovery How to Make a Bird is another winner.
Aussie Reviews Wise and funny, a book for readers who enjoy stories that slowly reveal themselves. Magpies Magazine