BIRD FACE SERIES
8 Notes to a Nobody by Cynthia T. Toney
"Funny how you can live your days as a clueless little kid, believing you look just fine ... until someone knocks you in the heart with it."
Wendy Robichaud doesn't care one bit about being popular like good-looking classmates Tookie and the Sticks--until Brainiac bully John-Monster schemes against her, and someone leaves anonymous sticky-note messages all over school. Even the best friend she always counted on, Jennifer, is hiding something and pulling away. But the spring program, abandoned puppies, and high school track team tryouts don't leave much time to play detective. And the more Wendy discovers about the people around her, the more there is to learn.When secrets and failed dreams kick off the summer after eighth grade, who will be around to support her as high school starts in the fall?
Book One in the Bird Face Series
“... shows that there is usually more to a person's behaviour than initially meets the eye.
Why is a bully a bully?
And why do some people need to be as perfect as possible?”
~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews, 5 Stars
Like Wendy's mom in the story, the author has always been a salvager. She's salvaged discarded materials from roadsides and manufacturers' waste for use in creating countertops, furniture, and home decor.
10 Steps to Girlfriend Status by Cynthia T. Toney
Book Two in the Bird Face Series
"Without knowing or caring where I'd wind up, I sneaked out of the house and took off running."
Wendy Robichaud is on schedule to have everything she wants in high school. She has two loyal best friends, her divorced mother has just remarried, giving her a complete family again, and she's finally got the hunky boyfriend she's had a crush on since eighth grade. Everything is perfect until she and Mrs. Villaturo look at old photo albums together. That's when Mrs. V sees her dead husband and hints at a 1960s scandal down in Cajun country. Faster than you can say "crawdad," Wendy digs into the scandal and into trouble. She risks losing boyfriend David by befriending Mrs. V's cute hearing-impaired grandson, alienates stepsister Alice by having a boyfriend in the first place, and upsets her friend Gayle without knowing why. Will Wendy be able to prevent Mrs. V from being taken thousands of miles away? And will she lose all the friends she's fought so hard to gain?
“Using Wendy as her narrator, Toney … delineates some of the highs and lows of an innocent first love in this fast-paced novel. The story goes beyond its catchy title to tackle serious issues relevant to teens ...
A sensitive YA tale about love, change, and loss, with an empowering message for girls.”
~ Kirkus review
The author incorporated so many true-to-life details about dementia and Alzheimer's in developing the character Mrs. Villaturo (Mrs. V) that the group known as AlzAuthors invited Cynthia to join their group and list her book for teens.
6 Dates to Disaster by Cynthia T. Toney
Book Three in the Bird Face Series
Grace Awards Finalist 2016
When Wendy’s family faces financial hardship, she must find a way to see Mrs. V and Sam again—but will she lose David forever in the process?
For her mom’s birthday, Wendy finds an old jewelry box at a flea market—the perfect gift for someone who loves salvaged junk. But inside the box is a cryptic note that appears to have been written recently. Wendy’s curiosity leads her on a search with boyfriend David at her side, eager to help. Who wrote the note, and did the intended recipient ever see it? But when Wendy’s stepfather loses his job, she needs more personal and urgent help—the financial kind. The family’s plan to visit Alaska on vacation is headed down the sewer like a hard Louisiana rain. How will Wendy ever see Mrs. V or Sam again? An opportunity arrives in the form of tutoring Melissa, one of the Sticks, and Wendy’s money problems appear to be solved. Until the arrangement takes a turn that gets Wendy into trouble like never before. In the final months of ninth grade, she might lose everything she counted on for the future.
"This book was a great read. It did an excellent job of capturing high school life ...
also family life when facing financial hardships.
It has some twists that
will catch most readers
~ Steven R. McEvoy, Book Reviews & More
The author got to know deaf co-workers at one of her jobs (they preferred the term "deaf") and became interested in communicating better with them by learning American Sign Language.
3 Things to Forget by Cynthia T. Toney
Book Four in the Bird Face Series
She's left her problems behind but now she's faced with new ones!
In Alaska, Wendy thinks she’s left behind the problems resulting from her mistakes in Louisiana, at least for a while. But starting the summer at her friend Sam’s house and volunteering with Alaska Wildlife Conservation bring not only strange surroundings but also strangers into her life. And those strangers have a secret involving a troubled girl who threatens Wendy’s friendship with Sam.
As Wendy struggles to understand the Alaskans she meets and gets to know, will she be able forget what she hopes to, or will her new challenges teach her the importance of remembering the past?
“A perfect finish to an inspiring YA series.”
~ Book Dragon
The author's most memorable vacation trip was to the area of Anchorage, Alaska. She finally got to use the setting in this book, where Wendy meets Jewish teens. Jewish Alaskans sometimes refer to themselves as the "Frozen Chosen."