Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 15
- Grade: 7 to 10
The White Bicycle is the third title in the Wild Orchid trilogy following the adventures of Taylor Jane, a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome. In The White Bicycle, Taylor travels to the south of France with her mother and her friends. She is going to be working for the summer babysitting for the Phoenix family. While on this journey Taylor will embark on another quest for independence both personal and universal as she casts her mind back to her earliest memories.
About the author
Beverley Brenna is known for her warm, funny family stories that capture the essence of childhood and champion diversity. Her awards include an international Dolly Gray Award, a Printz Honor Book Award, and a shortlisting for the 2013 Governor General’s Award. Wild Orchid, the title book in a trilogy about a young woman on the Autism Spectrum, is currently listed on CBC’s “100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. Bev is a professor in Curriculum Studies at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, where she teaches English Language Arts subject matter to preservice and inservice teachers. Much of Bev’s writing seeks to fill in gaps in the field of available books, and she considers voices rarely heard in children’s literature. Bev’s many years as a classroom and special education teacher offer her a clear picture of school landscapes, children, and childhood, and the years she spent at home co-parenting three sons continue to inspire new characters and themes.
"One cannot help but observe this more mature Taylor and reflect on who she was two books ago and marvel at how she has grown. This novel rounds out Taylor's development perfectly, and the reader is hopeful for her future... 4/4 stars,Highly Recommended."
"Taylor Jane is a fictional character to whom her author has given a distinct and dynamic personality. It will be hard for Brenna not to give us another installment of what could easily become a saga."
"Set in an attractive area of France, this novel gives valuable insights into the mindset of individuals with Asperger's syndrome."
--Winnipeg Free Press