How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought (Paperback)
Lyn Hawks, 9780988883727, 286pp.
Publication Date: March 29, 2013
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Sixteen year-old 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's only heightened since Jackson announced his final tour--something to cling to when her mother just uprooted her 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 novel is a parable of betrayal and trust, set in a time before #metoo could be heard, exploring the light and the dark of relationships.
About the Author
Lyn Fairchild Hawks is the author of How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought, her debut novel in the Girls Outside series about gifted, weird, and wise young women. She is also author of The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future, a collection of short stories. A 2012 recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation grant, Lyn was also the 2011 James Jones First Novel Fellowship contest semifinalist. She is the author of Teaching Julius Caesar: A Differentiated Approach, and co-author of The Compassionate Classroom: Lessons that Nurture Wisdom and Empathy and Teaching Romeo and Juliet: A Differentiated Approach. A former high school educator, she currently designs curriculum and distance learning programs for gifted youth.