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Lyn Fairchild Hawks' book How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought is the story of a teenage girl (almost 16) who loves Michael Jackson and has nothing else that is stable in her life - everything changes all the time because her mum Sunny moves around so much, moving to a new lover after the other. Most of them are complete losers, but the next one is always around the corner. Sunny's new lover, Shaye Tann, seems to be a decent guy who even seems to understand Wendy's love for MJ. But then things turn out quite ugly with everything coming together. It is 2009 - and MJ's death does not do Wendy any good while the rest of her life is falling apart. Who will stand at Wendy's side when she hits rock bottom?
How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought by Lyn Fairchild Hawks is a book I merely picked up because of the MJ factor - and I was a bit disappointed about that part (Wendy's attitude really is a bit odd). However, I enjoyed the book for the actual messages it held, and I think this would be a great book for teenagers to read in school. It talks about bullies, rape, and true friendship. It shows the various problems (and poor Wendy gets to live through them all), and how you can face them even when you feel all alone. There's also a useful page at the end of the book about places teens in trouble can call. In addition to the messages and the exciting development of the story, the book is also very well written. It all comes together to create a fantastic book!