Jackson Whole Wyoming
His classmates have identified him as a "friend" of Jackson, who has Asperger Syndrome, and now Tyler is tormented by what that means in terms of his own personality. Over the course of this highly readable and swift-moving middle-grade novel (2nd to 6th grade), Tyler resolves this issue and in the process recalls incidents from previous school years, growing in his understanding of this unusual classmate. Written by a speech-language pathologist who works with children with autism spectrum disorders, this novel belongs on the library shelf of any middle-grade classroom.
Joan Clark is a licensed speech and language pathologist living in central Illinois. She received her bachelor's degree from Penn State University and her master's degree from the University of Houston. She has worked in the public schools throughout her career. Currently she is serving on the autism spectrum disorders assessment team in the Macon-Piatt Special Education District.