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Sunday, September 24, 2017

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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

Thinking Different

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

A back-up high school football punter with obsessive-compulsive disorder is given a mystery to solve. A budding rock musician with Asperger syndrome seeks help from his reclusive rock legend neighbour. In new novels for young readers by Wesley King and M.E. Reid, feeling and being different is just part of a teenaged life full of grand adventures and rock star ambitions.


OCDaniel is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who is struggling with OCD. Daniel spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits, such as flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times over. Author Wesley King, who hid his OCD until his late twenties, has crafted a smart, complex and relatable character who greatly mirrors himself at that age. The heart of this story is in feeling different and finding those who understand.

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade

Wesley King

Wesley King is the author of several previous books, including The Forest of Reading’s 2013 Red Maple award winner, The Vindico. He was also nominated for The Forest of Reading’s 2016 Silver Birch award for his first middle grade novel, The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! Wesley does many school visits and is beloved by students, teachers, and librarians for his fun, informative, and interactive presentations. He lives with his wife in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Turing Machinists

Seventeen-year-old Del has managed his Asperger’s well, has a solid group of friends, and even manages to get by among people who don’t understand his brand of communication. But his world falls apart when his parents split up. Del is certain he can save his family by living out his father’s dream of musical stardom, so with some of his friends, he forms The Turing Machinists, an all-Asperger’s rock band. But they’ll need help – and Del seeks that help in the form of his neighbour, a reclusive rock legend who would rather have nothing to do with the music scene.

  • Fiction
  • Young Adult

M.E. Reid

Born in Chatham, New Brunswick, M.E. Reid has lived in Cold Lake, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Petawawa, Ontario; and West Germany. She currently lives in Kitchener, Ontario, and is the mother of two children with autism (one with Asperger’s). The Turing Machinists is her first book for young adults.