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  • 03/2013
  • 9780988883727 0988883724
  • 284 pages
  • $9.29
How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought

At sixteen, Wendy Redbird Dancing flies her freak flag high; she’s a scary-smart white girl with a hippie mom, a missing father, and a rarefied Michael Jackson obsession. It doesn’t help that her mother just uprooted them yet again, this time from California to North Carolina. Now Wendy has to survive a new school and fight bullies who rule this Southern roost.

But one black girl reaches out—Tanay—and she and Wendy forge a friendship to help her fight back. Her mother’s new boyfriend, Shaye, turns out to be decent—not the usual sleaze, but instead, a charming and attractive guy. As he gains her trust, Wendy’s crush ignites, and her hopes for a stable future soar. When Shaye starts flirting, Wendy is flattered but confused. When things take a terrible turn, she must go underground, waiting for the day she can escape to London for Jackson’s final tour. All seems lost when the King of Pop dies. But Wendy suddenly hears his ethereal voice, offering guidance and sending her west. Is St. Michael now the only one she can trust?

Lyn Fairchild Hawks’s debut novel melds modern teen life with a parable of betrayal and hope, sharing the light and the dark of relationships.

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It’s 2009, and high school senior Wendy Redbird Dancing has just moved from California to a small North Carolina town, thanks to her hippie mother’s latest whim (i.e. love interest). Between her mixed ethnicity (her father was Zuni) and her Michael Jackson obsession, Wendy is a perennial outsider. Bullied by a classmate, she falls in with two African-American kids at school who see her sarcastic wit and M.J.-inspired wardrobe as signs of levelheadedness. Wendy’s primary sources of solace are a promised trip to see Michael Jackson in concert in London and the attention she receives from her mother’s new boyfriend, but when that attention turns sexual in nature, she faces a crisis. In her first novel, Hawks creates a complex and passionate renegade in Wendy. While a number of traumatizing events arrive in quick succession and threaten to overwhelm the plot (though upsetting to Wendy, Jackson’s death ends up getting lost in the shuffle), it remains a compassionate story about finding the right people (and music) when you don’t fit in. Ages 14–up. (BookLife)
Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 03/2013
  • 9780988883727 0988883724
  • 284 pages
  • $9.29

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