Everywhere Wendy Redbird Dancing goes, she’s the weird girl with the Walkman, the hoodie, and the Michael Jackson obsession. Now that her wandering mom has uprooted them again, Wendy has to survive another new school and more bullies who don’t like her looks.
But when Tanay reaches out, Wendy wonders if she’s found a real friend. Plus Mom’s charming new boyfriend, Shaye, isn’t the usual sleaze; he’s cool and knows retro music. So Wendy’s hopes for a stable future soar.
As Shaye gains her trust, Wendy’s crush ignites. When things take a terrible turn, she goes 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?
For fans of ALL THE RAGE, THE NOWHERE GIRLS, and THE UNRAVELING OF MERCY LOUIS comes a surreal journey through friendship and music with a melody that lingers long after the final note.
“Lyn Fairchild Hawks writes with an intriguing voice that captures me…The protagonist is real, tough, tender, believable, and heart-wrenching…I’m saving this book for young family members when they are ready to discuss sex, the real world, and how to grasp it.” —C. Hope Clark, author of Lowcountry Bribe and Tidewater Murder
“A modern-day Antigone who finds herself in a drama not of her own making. Brutally lyrical storytelling.” D.W. Frauenfelder, author of The Mirror and the Mage
“An incredible story of courage and survival.” Gordon Jack, author of Your Own Worst Enemy