The ten-year-old heroine of Mousenet (due out November 8th) has amazing hair. I didn't make it up. She's modeled on a red-headed Scottish relative, Amy, whose bright red hair gets wildly exuberant when not locked down.
Megan's own springy red hair is mostly corralled in her braids–except for the front part, which as stood straight up "ever since her mom decided to cut it short all over, but stopped when she realized she was doing a really, really bad job." The result provides great amusement to other fifth-graders–and it makes mice a little nervous at first because for some mammals, "having your hair stick up in front is a sign you are about to attack." But they get used to it.