The reason I jump : the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism
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Contributors:
Yoshida, K. A. translator.
Mitchell, David translator.
Published:
New York : Random House, [2013].
Format:
Book
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
xvii, 135 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Reading Level:
IL: MG+ - BL: 5.8 - AR Pts: 3
Lexile measure:
1000L
Status:
Antioch High - Teen Biography
B HIG
Glencliff High - Teen Biography
B HIG
Description
"One of the most remarkable books I've ever read. It's truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid."--Jon Stewart, The Daily Show NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR * The Wall Street Journal * Bloomberg Businessweek * Bookish FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD * NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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. Praise for The Reason I Jump   "A rare road map into the world of severe autism . . . [Higashida's] insights . . . unquestionably give those of us whose children have autism just a little more patience, allowing us to recognize the beauty in 'odd' behaviors where perhaps we saw none." -- People (3-1/2 stars) "Small but profound . . . [Higashida's] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind." -- Parade "This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind--what it's like without boundaries of time, why cues and prompts are necessary, and why it's so impossible to hold someone else's hand. Of course, there's a wide range of behavior here; that's why 'on the spectrum' has become such a popular phrase. But by listening to this voice, we can understand its echoes." -- Chicago Tribune (Editor's Choice) "Amazing times a million." --Whoopi Goldberg, People " The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human." --Andrew Solomon, The Times (London)
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Language:
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ISBN:
9780812994865, 0812994868
Reading Level:
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Level 5.8, 3 Points
Lexile measure:
1000

Notes

General Note
"Originally published in Japanese by Escor Publishers Ltd. in 2007"--Title page verso.
Description
Written by a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this 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. 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. 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.--From publisher description.
Language
Translation of: Jiheishō no boku ga tobihaneru riyū
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APA Citation (style guide)

Higashida, N., Yoshida, K. A., & Mitchell, D. (2013). The reason I jump: the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism. First edition. New York: Random House.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Higashida, Naoki, 1992-, K. A. Yoshida and David Mitchell. 2013. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-year-old Boy With Autism. New York: Random House.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Higashida, Naoki, 1992-, K. A. Yoshida and David Mitchell, The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-year-old Boy With Autism. New York: Random House, 2013.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Higashida, Naoki, K. A Yoshida, and David Mitchell. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-year-old Boy With Autism. First edition. New York: Random House, 2013. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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