Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What Am I Reading Wednesday - Christmas Countdown (12/13/2017)

Evening, Writing Desk Readers!

I also believe yesterday was the first day of Hanukkah, so Happy Hanukkah as well!

I had the pleasure of working this week with YA author Lyn Fairchild Hawks to discuss her debut novel:

Title: How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought

Author: Lyn Fairchild Hawks

First Reading: Yes

Initial Impression: Doesn't that title just grab you?

Final Thoughts: Lyn has written a powerful YA novel focusing on many possible situations a teenager could face in their life, topped off with a burning love for the music of Michael Jackson.

How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought is Lyn Fairchild Hawks' first YA novel, telling the story of a teenage girl whose "hippie" mom uproots them (yet again) to move from California to a small town in North Carolina, with barely any time left in the school year.

As a brainy outcast unafraid to be her weird self, Wendy endures the bullying that only teenagers can deliver in her new school, and relies on her dream of seeing Michael Jackson live in his final London tour to keep her going. Though she does eventually make a true friend in her new home, Tanay, Wendy's story is woven with many themes that teens can potentially face during this key time of development in their lives: An inattentive mother, an absent father, the stress of moving often from place to place, emotional manipulation and the potential for sexual abuse, and ultimately the kind of friendship that can help you keep yourself together during the "dark ages of nought".

Lyn's book is also available for schools as an option to read and discuss in class. She provides a series of discussion questions on her website. 


About the Author:

Lyn Fairchild Hawks writes YA contemporary fiction and short stories. She is represented by Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency. Lyn is the author of the novel, How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought; co-author of the graphic novella, Minerdaand author of the short story collection, The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future.  A lifelong educator, Lyn also designs differentiated lessons making Shakespeare accessible to students and edits the resource blog and free curriculum provided by Duke TIP, Teachers Workshop.

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You can find more on Lyn and her work on:


Don't forget, I'll be posting my interview with Lyn Fairchild Hawks this Friday (12/15/17)!

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