The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley (Who Planned to Live an Unusual Life) Booktalk
My name is Cedar B. Hartley, and I’ve always known my life would be unusual, but I didn’t realize just how unusual till the year I was almost thirteen and my brother Barnaby was sent away to school, and I met Kite and became an AcroBRAT.
I came home from school that day and discovered that Stinky was gone, and the house seemed dark and quiet and sad. A dog can make a lot of difference in a house, especially a dog that you’re totally mad about. So I went looking for him, all up and down the block and down to the oval park, but I couldn’t find him anywhere. No one had seen him, either. Then my best friend Caramella and I made some posters with his picture on them and we posted them everywhere we could think of.
“I’m calling about the dog.” It was a boy’s voice, but not a sneering voice, more like the sound of a river rushing steadily by.
“Down by the creek.”
“Sure. Meet me in the park in fifteen minutes.”
This booktalk was written by librarian and booktalking expert Joni R. Bodart.