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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 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. In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki' s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. " It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship." This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they' d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki' s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.Learn More
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An interesting glimpse into the autistic mind
- This is a truly compelling story (as well as the story behind the story—how author David Mitchell, father to an autistic child, discovered this little-known Japanese book). Family, friends, and teachers alike assumed that Naoki Higashida, a middle-school–aged autistic boy, would never be able to communicate with the outside world. But with the help of a motivated teacher, he learned to type out his thoughts. This book is the result—an enigmatic glimpse into the way one young autistic boy views the world. Written in an approachable Q&A format, this audiobook appeals not only to those who know someone with autism, but to anyone who is fascinated by the human mind. A great choice for those who enjoyed "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."
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