Item description for Jackson Whole Wyoming by Joan Clark...
Tyler is confused when he is selected by his entire fifth-grade class to present a going-away gift to Jackson, a classmate who is moving out of town. The agonizing dilemma is that while Tyler likes Jackson, he is a little embarrassed to admit it, and is worried about being "lumped together" with Jackson, whom many of the other students view as a bit "strange." The truth of the matter is that Jackson has Asperger Syndrome, which explains his sometimes bizarre behavior and lack of social skills. In the end, Tyler's kind nature prevails and he does a wonderful job of presenting a class book to the departing Jackson. This heart-warming and often humorous book paints a realistic picture of the ups and downs in the life of a fifth-grader and, more important, of a young boy with Asperger Syndrome.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Publisher Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN 1931282722 ISBN13 9781931282727
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More About Joan Clark
Joan Clark is the author of the novels Latitudes of Melt, The Victory of Geraldine Gull and Eiriksdottir, as well as two short story collections and several award-winning novels for young adults. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, she has lived in various places across Canada with her geotechnical engineer husband Jack. While living in Calgary she became a founding member of the Alberta Writers Guild and co-founded the acclaimed literary journal "Dandelion," She now lives in St. John's, Newfoundland. Clark notes that the idea for An Audience of Chairs came in part from her own familial legacy of depression, with which she struggled at one time and which led a grandmother to suicide. "One of the things I was interested in was exploring the idea of family pride, which was abundant in my family. So much pride, in fact, that many of them refused to admit that their grandmother had committed suicide." Clark made two false starts at writing this novel, the first time 30 years ago. "When I picked up the novel for the third time four years ago, I was surprised that I was able to indulge my sense of humour, to let go and have fun. Once the humour kicked in, I was off and running." Clark wrote her first published novel as a young stay-at-home mother, writing in longhand during her infant son's naptimes. "I had never written fiction before and was amazed that I had been walking around without knowing that there was a story inside my head. That joy of discovery has kept me writing ever since."
"From the Hardcover edition."
Joan Clark currently resides in St. John's. Joan Clark was born in 1934.
Reviews - What do customers think about Jackson Whole Wyoming?
Not for your Asperger's Child May 24, 2008
Per previous reviews, the book is a great read with a great message about friendship. As a parent of a child with Asperger's I would like to offer one caution: this book is a great one to offer those who may be seeking to better understand a child with Asperger's, but would not be a great fit for the Asperger's child himself. Since the book is written from the neuro-typical viewpoint, Jackson comes off as pretty weird--loved, but weird.
Also, disclosure of Jackson's syndrome comes off as somewhat "hush hush." This is, I believe, because the author does an excellent job of depicting the societal dilemma of disclosure in the world of schools and teachers. To disclose is to explicitly state the Syndrome that describes the child's unique personality. It is not generally considered ethical for teachers to decide to disclose; young children with this syndrome may not have the adequate judgment to disclose (hence Jackson's parent's rule that he not do so); and parents' distance from those to whom the information would be most valuable--e.g. friendly schoolmate, Tyler--often prevents them from disclosing even if they would want to do so.
I would recommend this book to school personnel and to children and families who have friends with Asperger's Syndrome, but would turn to other resources for a good read for your young Aspie.
Inclusion & Tolerance Feb 11, 2006
Tyler has always been nonplussed by his classmate, Jackson. From the time the boys were in kindergarten, they were classmates and also attended speech class together. Tyler stuttered during the early grades and Jackson had a tendency to be very literal in his interpretation of what people said.
Although the boys were never friends in the intimate sense, Tyler would go to bat for Jackson and defend him when other kids picked on him. A kind girl in their class genuinely cared about Jackson and insisted that Tyler keep standing by him.
By the time the boys are in 6th grade, Tyler is nominated by his class to present Jackson with a class gift. He does not want to do this; reverts to stuttering (only this time it is deliberate) to get out of making a speech for Jackson and generally looks for a way out.
Memories of Jackson's behavior in class during their early grades hound Tyler; he realizes that Jackson bears a strong behavioral resemblance to his 6-year-old cousin, Drew. Drew has Asperger's Syndrome, a neurobiological condition that is the spectrum partner of autism. As he mulls this over, he realizes that Jackson has Asperger's Syndrome. He confronts his classmate, armed with this new insight and Jackson gives him a clinical definition of the term.
Tyler realizes that Asperger's is not a death knell to a full life; Jackson fortunately has been included in the full school program at all times.
This is a truly heartwarming book that presents a very realistic character with Asperger's Syndrome and is a wonderful story about acceptance and inclusion. Definitely a must have!
Be sure to read Marc Littman's masterpiece, EDDIE AND ME ON THE SCRAP HEAP as a companion book to this one. You will be very glad that you did.
Jackson Whole Wyoming Sep 9, 2005
This book is a delightful read and holds your attention from beginning to end. It is told from a childs viewpoint of trying to understand other children who are not like themselves and how parents and teachers can be there to help. I have forwarded it to my daughter in college who is majoring in elementary education. Thanks, Joan
ON JACKSON WHOLE WYOMING Aug 28, 2005
This witty story is a lighthearted and so very understanding of a Asperger Syndrome boy and his friends. It is a fast-paced and lucid insight of the difficulties Jackson faces in the world of school children.
Jackson is described by his fellow classmate Tyler throughout the reading with sometimes unusual...sometimes misunder- stood...sometimes humorous incidents made by Jackson which confuse him and the other classmates.
Jackson Whole Wyoming is a wonderful source for parents and teachers to delve into the feelings of the child with Asperger Syndrome, as well as his classmates and friends.
I thoroughly enjoyed Joan Clarks' keenly sensitive book and have learned of a topic of which I knew very little.
"Jackson Whole": fast, fun, insightful Jun 7, 2005
I really got a kick out of reading "Jackson Whole." The book gives a funny, yet relevant look into the world of Jackson, a student identified with Asperger's syndrome. The story line moves quickly as one episode after another unfolds revealing Jackson's personality, thought process and unconventional actions. A fun and insightful read.