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Children's LiteratureTaylor Jane Simon is forced to spend the summer in Waskesiu, a lakeside town in a national park, so that her mom can get cozy with her new boyfriend, Danny. Taylor does not like change, and she does not like Danny. His hair is greasy and he leaves germy fingerprints on her stuff. Determined not to go, Taylor locks herself in her bedroom. She has figured out that she would have to face at least twenty new things just getting to Danny's pizza shop. For someone with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, that is asking too much. Taylor's mom eventually persuades Taylor to get in the car, but only after she signs a contract that they will return home to Saskatoon in August. In Waskesiu, Taylor spends most of her time at the park's nature center, where she is befriended by the staff. Taylor is even offered a job in the bookstore, her very first. Taylor finds joy in her accomplishment, but her mom's relationship with Danny sours and she announces they are returning home. Upset at being uprooted again in her mother's quest to find enduring love, Taylor runs away, spending the night in the forest where she gets lost. When she finds her own way back to the nature center the next day, she has it out with her self-focused mother, but the outcome is positive. Taylor's mom recognizes that at eighteen, Taylor can no longer be treated like a child. This is an engaging, empowering story. 2005, Red Deer Press, Ages 12 up.