Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345807812
ISBN - 13: 9780345807816
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.