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The No. 1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book provides a rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children. Using a question and answer format, Naoki explains things like why he talks loudly or repeats the same questions, what causes him to have panic attacks, and why he likes to jump. He also shows the way he thinks and feels about his world - other people, nature, time and beauty, and himself. Abundantly proving that people with autism do possess imagination, humour and empathy, he also makes clear how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.

David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. It gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.

The book also features eleven original illustrations, inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.

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The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism
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The Reason I Jump
May 18th, 2014
Lovely book which revealed lots of insights into the autistic mind. Very easy read too.
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The Reason I Jump
December 7th, 2013
And for once, we get a glimpse of their mind.
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The Reason I Jump
December 7th, 2013
And for once, we get a glimpse of their mind.
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"The Reason I Jump - one boy's ....
October 18th, 2013
....... voice from the silence of autism". Catching up on a few unread books, I started eith this book written by a 13 year old boy with autism. Incredibly it shows from his perspective - by answering a series of questions (often posed to him by "normal" people). Simply put, the book is at the same time, sad, uplifting and funny in the way he reveals the world of his autism but most suprisingly also how he feels and cares about those around him. He also had me thinking about a few things I often ignore or at least don't spend enough time on ...... funny that. Highly recomended reading!
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Moving
August 27th, 2013
I almost wept several times. And I know no one with autism. If you have an autistic child/sibling/neighbour, this book is a MUST READ.
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Incredible insight into autisticmind
August 27th, 2013
This is an amazing read, fascinating and provoking it gives us great comfort to better understand our sons condition
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