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Daisies, Pushing Up

Daisies, Pushing Up by Dr. Dana Z. Godek

Daisies, Pushing Up

by Dr. Dana Z. Godek

Texas teen Dayzee knows she’s an outsider; to her, being in foster care is proof that mainstream society doesn’t want her. She reinvents herself as a punk and finds friends like her, people living on the margins of Dallas during the 1980s. After several failed placements, Dayzee runs away from the foster-care system and lives the life of a homeless teen. But when she is attacked by skinheads, Dayzee knows she needs family.

So Dayzee moves in with her older sister, Mia, whose own emotionally scarred life has left her unprepared—and more than a little reluctant—to deal with the responsibility of looking after her rebellious younger sister. Dayzee tries to make the transition easier; she gets a job at a coffee shop and avoids selling drugs like her friends do. But before long Dayzee’s loyalty is split between her two families: her sister and her group of outcasts. Dayzee will realize she can’t have both—but not before her life takes an even darker turn.

Soon enough, Dayzee learns that appearances can be deceiving, that toughness is often a defense, that hope sometimes lies just beneath the surface, and that hope—once brought out into the light—can make a new path shine.

Book Type: Paperback


Genre: Inspiration, Entertainment


Size: 6″ x 9″


Pages: 198


ISBN: 978-1948080521


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About The Author

Dana Z. Godek

Dr. Dana Godek has been writing policy and conducting research for over twenty years. Her first work of fiction is largely based on her personal experiences growing up as a ward of the court during the 1980s. Since then, she has served as a teacher, public school administrator, national researcher, public education advocate, and federal programs expert for both urban and rural school districts as well as for not-for-profit organizations. She has a doctorate in organizational leadership and is widely recognized as an authority on public education policy and resource development. Dana lives in Palm Beach County, Florida, with her husband Bernie, a retired army colonel; their son; and two cats.