Bird Face Wendy

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Character Names

Wendy Thibodeaux likes her name. I’m relieved, because I chose it for a few different reasons.

“Thibodeaux” is difficult to read by most–just like Wendy. Wendy is a complex character and often misunderstood by her classmates.

I didn’t want her name to be common or traditional, because she is anything but. “Wendy” has a lighthearted air that suits Wendy’s desire and ability to escape the rut she’s in. “Thibodeaux” reminds us of her Cajun ancestry. It affects her sense of humor and may lead to adventures in the future.

The other characters in BIRD FACE have names with special significance too.

Wendy’s best friend, Jennifer Sampson, is pretty and a bit pampered, as her given name implies. But she is strong (think of the Biblical character Samson).

Did you receive your given name because of a special quality, event, or historical or cultural figure? What does your family name mean, or does it have an unusual story behind it? Does your name affect how you behave or treat others?

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