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Ann Drew Jackson

Joan Clark's sequel to her popular book, Jackson Whole Wyoming, reintroduces us to Jackson Thomas, a fifth-grade boy with on the spectrum. This time, we find Jackson in a new school, with new classmates. Hillary Branson, a spunky, independent classmate of Jackson tells the story from her perspective as the classmate assigned to complete a science project with Jackson. Hillary has a serious attitude problem and tends to lie; therefore, it comes as no surprise that when assigned to work with Jackson, she rebels in any way she can. As the story unfolds, the reader begins to see Hillary s troubled background and delight in how she and Jackson discover they have a lot more in common than they ever realized. 


Joan Clark is a speech/language pathologist who has spent her career in the public school sector. Her writing is inspired by her interest in her students, their unique personalities, and how they interact with each other. It reflects her belief: with proper guidance, children can learn to accept those with differences and more importantly, gain insight from them. Joan works with students who have high-functioning autism in two capacities. First, she is a member of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Assessment Team for her school district, providing consultation and participating in diagnostic evaluations. Second, she provides therapy for students with ASD on her regular school caseload and is a strong advocate for them within her buildings. Joan received her bachelor’s degree from Penn State and her master’s degree from the University of Houston. She has worked in school settings in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, Department of Defense Schools in the Philippines, Texas, and Illinois. She is married with two grown children, a dog and a cat, a wonderful extended family, and friends.

ISBN: 9781931282451

Reviews (2)

LENEXA, Kansas
May 25 2016
Customer Review: Joanna Keating-Velasco - Wonderful sequel...I thoroughly enjoyed this book taking me back to life in elementary school with characters and personalities of all types. It teaches a lesson of understanding and acceptance from many perspectives. This would be a terrific book for any upper elementary or middle school class library. Sharing this book as a class opens up discussion on many life issues that kids face while also touching on issues of Asperger's Syndrome without being preachy. Terrific story...now I must find the prequel JACKSON WHOLE WYOMING.
LENEXA, Kansas
May 25 2016
Customer Review: Janey - I liked this book, but I like "Jackson Whole Wyoming" better. This one has a great plot, great realistic dialogue, and really describes an Asperger's child well, but I did note--(1)there are more printing errors and typos than the author's other book, things like missing words, "its" instead of "it's," etc. This book wasn't proofread as well. (2)This book definitely has more swear words, words like "dang" and "Geez." (3) I would have chosen a different illustrator. (4) I do believe this book has a smaller, less-compact font than the other one. I may be wrong, but it hits me that way. I did learn a lot from this book, even though I work with autistic and Asperger's children. I think this is a very useful book!
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