Wild Orchid

Wild Orchid

Book - 2005
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Shortlisted for Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Award

2007 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee

2007 Saskatchewan Young
Readers' Choice Willow Awards nominee

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Starred Selection

White Pine nominee, 2007

McNally Robinson announced that Wild Orchid was one of the top five best selling books in Saskatechewan in 2006.

Taylor Jane Simon is 18 years old and spending the summer with her mother in Prince Albert National Park. The holiday has been planned so Taylor's mother can spend time with her latest boyfriend, Danny, and work in the pizza restaurant near the park that Danny runs. Taylor would just as soon stay at home in Saskatoon, but because she suffers from an autistic condition called Asperger's Syndrome, she can't stay on her own. Taylor's mother encourages her daughter to explore the park's possibilities on her own. For Taylor, whose life experience has been seriously limited, this means facing the test of meeting new people who work in the park's nature center - and facing it alone. Summer also holds out the possibility of finding her own boyfriend, though Taylor isn't quite sure what that may involve. What she discovers will change her life forever.



Written as an epistolary novel, Wild Orchid is frank but optimistic, literal yet innocent. A courageous wit attends Taylor's gradual emergence as her own person, and the reader will find the exploration of Taylor's mind a revealing and heartwarming encounter.


Publisher: Calgary : Red Deer Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780889953307
0889953309
Characteristics: 156 p. ;,22 cm.

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ashley355
Aug 11, 2014

I find Taylor Simon very different from other 18 year old girl’s maybe cause of her Asperger's Syndrome. When i started "Wild Orchid" i viewed Taylor as an intelligent woman because she thinks of different perspectives of everything and she mainly reads anything to that smoothes her.
i loved how the author lets Taylor Simon come alive, meaning by her narrating. She writes anything that is on her mind. That's why I enjoy the book because Bervery Brenna explains Taylor so well; you’re basically reading her diary.
One of the things I didn’t like about Taylor was how she approached things such as, “Do you want to be my boyfriend?” and “I think people that smoke are bad”. But that’s what makes Taylor Simon unique.
Another pro that happen in the book is when Taylor reached out to Paul, the guy from the nature centre.
I would rate this book out of five a three and a half.
Reading the book wasn’t boring nor was it exciting. I have to admit, I was kind of shock when she was at Kody’s house and she was waiting for that moment for her whole life, to be with a boy, to have a boyfriend and she blew it in a sense of leaving.
Wild Orchid places you in Taylor’s life perfectly; it makes you think how people don’t really understand Taylor and how Taylor doesn’t understand them either.
However, I personally think that authors theses days should consider doing this more often, having the main character someone out of the ordinary and uncommon.

thejaneny Jul 04, 2014

The author takes you fully into the perspective of Taylor and how she experiences the world. Sweet story and had me laughing too.

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