The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
By Naoki Higashida; translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell; Random House, 2013; originally published in Japan in 2007 by Escor Publishers Ltd.
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"When I was small, I didn't even know that I was a kid with special needs. How did I find out? By other people telling me that I was different…."
"You've never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to ask. Questions such as: "Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?" "Why don't you make eye contact when you're talking? and "What's the reason you jump?" (Naoki's answer: "When I'm jumping, it's as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.") With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again….."
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