With the label ‘neurodiverse’, Jackson is ‘An Unusual Boy'. This book offers touching and heartfelt moments along with complexities and problems to consider. Mother Julia Curtis, has a busy and challenging life, along with Jackson’s (hazy) diagnosis, which adds to her load. Australian author, Fiona Higgins, tells the story with sympathy and brilliance. She packs a punch of emotions that easily connect readers to the characters, including: love, hope, warmth and happiness; along with sadness, anger, frustration and anxiety. Fiona manages to bring in humour to lighten the trope, too, e.g., the comment about ‘normal’ and washing machines comes to mind. I also like an author who can surprise me, and Fiona certainly did. The plot unfolds with dual perspectives from mother and son. A fabulous read!