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.
MEET THE AUTHOR
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.