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The Reason I Jump
The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
by Naoki Higashida, K.A. Yoshida, David Mitchell
- Release date: August 27, 2013
- Publisher: Random House
- Author: Naoki Higashida, K.A. Yoshida, David Mitchell
- Language: english
- Format: hardcover, 135 pages
- ISBN: 9780812994865 (0812994868)
- Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Memoir & Autobiography (2013)
- Genres: memoir, psychology, biography, japan, autobiography, education
About The Book
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 know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “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 — into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory — are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
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