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on 12 August 2011
Dizzy is a twelve-year-old girl who lives with her single Dad. Every year on her birthday, Dizzy receives a birthday present from her Mum, who ran away when Dizzy was four years old. This is what happened: One night, Dizzy's Mum kissed her extra hard and whispered "I love you" her ear. When Dizzy awoke the next morning, her Mum was gone.
Dizzy and her Dad managed to live together until her twelfth birthday. The morning of her birthday was going perfectly normal and included all of Dizzy's birthday traditions: cheese on toast carved into a number, depending on how old she was, a flower in a jam-jar, a banana milkshake and a tube of smarties wrapped in blue tissue paper. When the birthday girl goes down, there is usually a present from her Mum waiting in the post. But not today.
Dizzy comes home from school to find a grubby, purple VW van in her driveway. Whose could it be? As Dizzy goes into the living room, she finds a small, tanned woman sitting on her couch. She has a pierced eyebrow and about a thousand earings on the same ear.
"Hello Dizzy, Happy Birthday! Gosh, how much you've grown!" said the woman.
"Hello, Mum." Dizzy Says, through tears.
It is a birthday tradition for Dizzy and her Dad to order a mushroom Pizza, but because Dizzy's Mum is a vegan, she makes Miso soup, read-bean stew and muesli cake. During the evening, Storm (Dizzy's Mum's nickname) gives Dizzy's dad a lot to drink. This is because Storm wants Dizzy to come with her to her hippy-festivals, but Dizzy's dad disagrees. So, Storm gets Dizzy's dad drunk. Without knowing, he agrees. Dizzy is under the impression that he really has let her go, so she goes along with Storm.
At the festivals, Dizzy is re-united with an old friend called Fin. She also meets her Mum's boyfriend, Zak, along with his son, nicknamed Mouse. Dizzy becomes very good friends with Fin and Mouse but she is not too sure about Zak.
Although she was really looking forward to the festivals, she hates them. The air is always thick with cannabis and all they ever eat is peanut butter on mouldy bread. She really wishes she could go back home.
Whenever Dizzy moves festivals, she sends a post-card to her Dad. Storm tells Dizzy to always give the post-card to her, so that she can "add her own few words". But does she really post them?
Near the end, Storm and Zak travel to India to help Zak's brother to open a fortune-telling centre. While they are there, Dizzy stays with Fin, his Mum and Mouse. She likes Fin's Mum, but really, really misses her Dad. Will she ever find him?
This book made me feel sorry for Dizzy, as Storm doesn't pay attention to her, even at the Festivals. It also made me realise that there are a lot of children in this World that live like this. My favourite part was when Dizzy and Fin go to the Beach for Fin's birthday. I WISH I WAS THERE!!!!
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