A rare and important insight into the mind of an autistic child.
Naoki Higashida is 16 and was born in Kimitsu, Japan. He has won a number of writers' awards, including two first prizes in the under 17 group at the Grimm Fairy Tales Contest in Japan. He has also given talks to advocate for people with autism.
A book that acts like a door to another logic, explaining why an autistic child might flap his hands in front of his face, disappear suddenly from home - or jump. - Sunday Telegraph - Neil TweedieA book that makes me want to say, "This is truly important, and anyone interested in autism should read it," is a rare find. The Reason I Jump achieves that status...[it] builds one of the strongest bridges yet constructed between the world of autism and the neurotypical world...There are many more questions I'd like to ask Naoki, but the first words I'd say to him are "thank you". - Sunday Times - Charlotte MooreAs 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...This book gives us autism from the inside, as we have never seen it. - IndependentEvery page dismantles another preconception about autism. Higashida's language is precise and has a poetic quality that elevates it far beyond a self-help book for the parents of autistic children. His fictional stories, also included in this book, vary in length from a few lines to dozens of pages and are united by their beautiful simplicity. They all share a strong single theme, namely, that even if living is different and difficult, you can still find companionship a