The White Bicycle (Wild Orchard, #3) by Beverley Brenna

The White Bicycle (Wild Orchard, #3)

The White Bicycle is the third stand-alone title in the Wild Orchid series about a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome. This installment chronicles Taylor Jane's travels to the south of France where she spends a summer babysitting for the Phoenix family. Including flashbacks into Taylor's earliest memories, along with immediate scenes in Lourmarin, a picturesque village in the Luberon Valley, The White Bicycle results in a journey for independen...

Details The White Bicycle (Wild Orchard, #3)

TitleThe White Bicycle (Wild Orchard, #3)
Release DateOct 30th, 2012
PublisherRed Deer Press
GenreYoung Adult, Realistic Fiction

Reviews The White Bicycle (Wild Orchard, #3)

  • Kelly A
    I had some major problems with this book.1) Taylor Jane has Asperger Syndrome. Because of difficulty with social interaction, people with Asperger Syndrome are often perceived as annoying by neurotypical people. This makes for a difficult protagonist.2) This book is meant to be Taylor's private journal. NO ONE writes like this in a journal. I would have been a lot more satisfied with the voice of the book if it had simply been a first-person narr...
  • Patricia Tilton
    "The White Bicycle" is written in first person so that the reader has a front row seat into how a teen with Asperger's Syndrome thinks, feels and responds to the world. The story is Taylor’s private daily journal. Beverley Brenna has a gift of getting into the mind of her character so that the reader experiences Taylor. Her characters are well-developed and you find yourself cheering for Taylor on her journey. Secondly, this is the first series...
  • Barbara
    This book, the third in a series examining the growth of Taylor Jane Simon, paints a moving portrait of a nineteen-year-old striving for independence. Taylor, who has Asperger's Syndrome, is delighted to have been hired for the summer as a personal care assistant rather than babysitter for the son of the man her mother is dating. He's staying in France with his two sons, and Taylor and her mother travel there for the summer. Watching the two Cana...
  • Wendy
    Just a lovely voice. Very enjoyable.
  • Rebecca Schulte
    The White Bicycle is the third book of the Wild Orchid trilogy. It is about the journey of a young woman named Taylor Jane Simon with Asperger’s Syndrome as she becomes more independent. Taylor and her mother, Penelope, take a trip to France from their home country of Canada, along with Penelope’s fiance Alan Phoenix and his two sons, Luke and Martin, the latter of whom has Cerebral Palsy. Taylor is hired by Alan Phoenix as a personal care as...
  • Rhea
    Three things I loved about The White Bicycle:1. Taylor Jane Simon. Beverly Brenna has an uncanny ability to get into Taylor's head and help non-Asperger readers understand her, and it's so masterfully done we never notice what Brenna's doing to us. Taylor is strong, smart, resilient, and tries her best to succeed despite her disability. 2. This isn't a story about Asperger's. It's a story of the coming-of-age part of our lives we all have to go t...
  • Cathy
    I finally got ahold of this book which won a Printz Honor a few years ago. It is the third in a trilogy, but I didn't feel any need to have read the first two books. Taylor-Jane Simon has Asperger's Syndrome. She's nineteen and wants to become independent. The book takes place in the summer before she starts college when she is in France as personal assistant to a young man, Martin, with cerebral palsy. His family consists of him, his brother Luk...
  • Chris
    Brenna has given Taylor such a wonderful voice, it's a joy to read this book for the simple fact of getting to know Taylor and her experience of the world. With her Asperger's, there are things she doesn't get that are obvious to the rest of us, but there are also things she sees and understands that many of us might miss.In this book she tells the story of her summer in France when she is nineteen and on the cusp of adulthood, trying to gain con...
  • Joyce
    Really enjoyed this--so hopeful! Author does a fine job of crafting an interesting story, and I like the voice of Taylor Jane, empathized with her wish for independence, cheered for her using learned techniques to deal with her Asperger's, and found lots of the dialogue & situations humourous. Also empathized with her long-suffering mom. I also liked the portrayal of the character with cerebral palsy as being just a normal kid. I did think that B...
  • Jessica S.
    I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading from the perspective of someone with Asperger's. It reminded me of both Marcelo and the Real World and Jack Gantos' Joey Pigza books. It also made a lot of interesting points about agency and free will. However, the book was far too introspective for my liking...there is very little plot, and the messages about agency and independence felt very heavy handed. An interesting ...
  • Kefira
    Good but don't understand why it was a Printz honor bookYALSA Hub Reading Challenge
  • Justin
    "The White Bicycle" by Beverley Brenna was part of my quest to read through the Printz award winners and nominees. I didn't know much about the book before I read it, and I was intrigued that once I started reading it, the main character had Aspberger's. Not since reading "A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime" have I read a character from this point of view. I'm glad that this book was included in the Printz honor list.Taylor has been hi...
  • Justin Ferguson
    "The White Bicycle" by Beverley Brenna was part of my quest to read through the Printz award winners and nominees. I didn't know much about the book before I read it, and I was intrigued that once I started reading it, the main character had Aspberger's. Not since reading "A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime" have I read a character from this point of view. I'm glad that this book was included in the Printz honor list.Taylor has been hi...
  • Alenka
    Mixed feelings? Things I liked about this book:1) Taylor's relationship with her mother. Taylor, as children often do, sees her mother's failings and mistakes very clearly, and while she loves her she is also unafraid to point them out. This is a coming of age novel and I think one of the most difficult things about coming of age is separating from a parent/guardian/caregiver, not just because we spend our adolescence having to rely on them, but ...
  • Charlene
    "Life is like that. Sometimes things are heavy in your arms, and at other times, you are lifted forward to places you would not have discovered without the burden you have carried."from the last chapter of this amazing book.
  • Robert Taub
    This story jumps around. Not sure what the author is trying to do, really. The characters are flat, and the issues lack authenticity and life. I'll try one of the other books in the series, to see if it gives a different impression.
  • Nancy
    Although I didn't enjoy this one as much as Wild Orchard (the voice just seemed a little strained and awkward to me), I really appreciated Taylor's recollections of her childhood and thought it was overall a relatively strong and interesting novel.
  • Janine Darragh
    This Michael Printz honor book was the third book in a trilogy about a girl with Asperger’s Syndrome. It was short and not unpleasant, but I didn’t love the characters nor the plot. Maybe if I had read the first two books in the series I would have enjoyed it more...
  • Jerry Rose
    weird Fing narrative by a YA woman with ass burgers
  • Jillian Matthews
    This was a pretty good book, something for people to read if they don't want to get sucked into a huge story line.
  • Nolan Hills
    I did not like this book because I just could never get into it and just never liked the plot or the main characters. I also didn't like how it jumped around a couple times.
  • Kurt
    I thought It was an interesting book about a woman named Taylor that had a disorder of Asperger. Throughout the story It shows how Taylor needs to overcome her disorder and bond with it. Taylor will have to deal with her impossible mother and journey through France. I would rate this book a 2 star since at points It was interesting but at other points of the book It was boring.
  • Michelle
    Read this one due to it receiving the Printz Honour.Things I Liked:- The first-person perspective truly read like someone with Aspergers (well, I don't have Aspergers so I wouldn't actually *know*, but it felt true to life.) Brenna presents Aspergers as a different way of living, not a deficient one and presents the ups and downs that come with it. Taylor still lives a full life, and watching try to achieve independence is not that different from...
  • Tammy
    ISBN: 9780889954830 This is the third book written in the Wild Orchid Trilogy. The main character is Taylor who is a 19 year-old Canadian girl with Asperger’s Syndrome. The setting is the countryside of France, where she has taken a job as a personal care assistant for a child with Cerebral Palsy. This book is her journal while she traveling and working. The writing is a mixture of her prior knowledge, the current journey she is experiencing an...
  • Rosa
    I didn't know what to expect when I first got this book. In our library area it seemed like the sleeper of the Printz Honor and Award books this year. No library had it until we ordered it after the winners were announced. Taylor Jane is a young woman with asperger's who is trying very hard to become independent. She travels to France to work as a personal care assistant to her mother's boyfriend's son who has cystic fibrosis and in Taylor's eyes...
  • Jennifer
    A tender, thoughtful and often humorous tale of a 19 year old girl with Asperger’s who travels to France during one summer with her mom to be a “personal care assistant.” Taylor is a charming narrator who guides the reader through the story with clarity and ease. Her voice rings true and her actions are realistic and often frustrating. Taylor has a lovely way of describing things. For example, when discussing her parents’ divorce, Taylor ...
  • Emily
    Why I picked it up: It’s on the YALSA challenge list and it’s set outside the US, so I could use it to double-dip on challenges.Taylor Jane is 19 and has Asperger’s. She has a job working as a personal care assistant/babysitter for a friend of the family in France for the summer. Taylor’s mom is also with her. Taylor wants to be treated like an adult, but she feels like her mother treats her like a child.I liked it okay. Taylor grew on me...
  • Katie
    Brenna, B. (2012). The white bicycle. Markham, Ont.: Red Deer Press.Summary: In this story, Taylor, a nineteen-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome, goes to France for a month with her mother to take what she thinks is a "job" babysitting her mother's boyfriend's son, Martin, who has cerebral palsy. Readers get to really experience life through Taylor's eyes, following her thinking as she fails to understand social cues that the typical person can p...
  • Jamie Capelli
    The White Bicycle has left me very conflicted. I enjoyed the book. It was not a fast paced adventure tale but it does give you insight into the mind of someone with Asperger syndrome. Taylor, the narrator, speaks in very blunt and simple language that still manages to maintain a kind of poetic tone throughout the novel. Her voice however is not the voice of someone with Asperger's. I did a bit of research and learned that Beverley Brenna simply w...