Waiting for No One (Paperback)

By Beverley Brenna

Red Deer Press, 9780889954373, 187pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2010

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Taylor Jane Simon is an eighteen-year-old girl with Asperger's Syndrome who has a refreshingly different view of the people she encounters and the life she wants to have. Young adult readers will identify with Taylor's struggle for independence and self-control, and empathize as she outlines the ways -- both positive and negative -- that her Asperger's Syndrome affects her daily life. Connecting with a play by Samuel Beckett, Taylor explores a fear of solitary existence while reaching out to a world at times perplexing. Most important, Taylor wants to be seen as an individual, not as a stereotypical "person with special needs, " or a rare wild flower -- images that haunt her from the past. A cameo performance by Taylor's new gerbil -- Harold Pinter-- adds further emphasis to themes of existentialism and humour.

The International Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award Winner

Saskatoon Book Award Nominee

CLA Young Adult Book Award Nominee

CYBILS Award Nominee

Woozles' Battle of the Books Teen List Title, 2012

Waiting for No One is the stand-alone sequel to Wild Orchid, which was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's prestigious Young Adult Book Award, a number of provincial readers' choice awards, and is a starred selection from the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Wild Orchid also appears on the New York Public Library's list of Recommended Books for the teens.

About the Author

Beverley Brenna is an assistant professor of education at the University of Saskatchewan and a former special education consultant, as well as the author of six books for young people, including Wild Orchid and The Moon Children, both from Red Deer Press.

Praise For Waiting for No One


Praise for Wild Orchid:

"Taylor's voice draws the reader into an interesting, informative, and touching book that should be read by people of all ages, adults and teenagers."
-- Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

“Taylor is a refreshing and inspirational delight. She is beguiling in her earnestness, her honesty, her quest for independence, and her unyielding determination to wait for no one.”--School Library Journal “A charming yet riveting read with a lot to think about, very highly recommended.”--Midwest Book Review