Dimensions: 176 pages, 7.57 × 5.12 × 0.76 in
Published: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345807804
ISBN - 13: 9780345807809
From the Publisher
A story never before told and a memoir to help change our
understanding of the world around us, 13-year-old Naoki
Higashida''s astonishing, empathetic book takes us into the mind of
a boy with severe autism. With an introduction by David Mitchell,
author of the global phenomenon, Cloud Atlas, and
translated by his wife, KA Yoshida.
Naoki Higashida was only a middle-schooler when he began to write
The Reason I Jump. Autistic and with very low verbal
fluency, Naoki used an alphabet grid to painstakingly spell out his
answers to the questions he imagines others most often wonder about
him: why do you talk so loud? Is it true you hate being touched?
Would you like to be normal? The result is an inspiring,
attitude-transforming book that will be embraced by anyone
interested in understanding their fellow human beings, and by
parents, caregivers, teachers, and friends of autistic children.
Naoki examines issues as diverse and complex as self-harm,
perceptions of time and beauty, and the challenges of
communication, and in doing so, discredits the popular belief that
autistic people are anti-social loners who lack
This book is mesmerizing proof that inside an autistic body is a
mind as subtle, curious, and caring as anyone else''s.
About the Author
Naoki Higashida was born in 1992 and was diagnosed with autism
at the age of five. He graduated from high school in 2011 and lives
in Kimitsu, Japan. He is an advocate, motivational speaker and the
author of several books of fiction and non-fiction.
KA Yoshida was born in Yamaguchi, Japan, majored in English Poetry
at Notre Dame Seishin University, and now lives in Ireland with her
husband, David Mitchell, and their two children.
David Mitchell''s works include the international bestseller
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet; Black Swan
Green; and Cloud Atlas, which was a Man Booker Prize
finalist and made into a major movie released in 2012.
#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER “[ The Reason I Jump ] brings the fascinating quirks of the autistic mind to life.... Naoki brings us into a sometimes nightmarish world of being trapped inside a mind and body that won’t respond as it should.... The definitive account of living with autism.” — Daily Express “The Reason I Jump ...offers sometimes tormented, sometimes joyous, insights into autism’s locked-in universe.... Higashida’s child’s-eye view of autism is as much a winsome work of the imagination as it is a user’s manual for parents, carers and teachers. In its quirky humour and courage, it resembles Albert Espinosa’s Spanish bestseller, The Yellow World , which captured the inner world of childhood cancer. This book gives us autism from the inside, as we have never seen it.... Its explanation, advice and, most poignantly, its guilt...offers readers eloquent access into an almost entirely unknown world.... Descriptions of panic, distress and the isolation that autistic children feel as a result of the greater world’s ignorance of their condition are counterbalanced by the most astonishing glimpses of autism’s exhilaration. These are the most vivid and mesmerising moments of the book.” — The Independent “ The Reason I Jump pushes beyond the notion of autism as a disability, and reveals it as simply a different way of being, and of seeing. Naoki Higashida shines