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Dec 08 2016

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

Review by Debbie Currie, Collections & Research Librarian, NCSU Libraries

My 8-year-old granddaughter is an absolute joy to behold, in part because she is autistic. However, I have to admit that I am often perplexed by some of the things she says and does, and that lack of understanding can lead to frustration on both our parts. In “The Reason I Jump,” young Naoki Higashida shares his unique insights about living with autism by addressing many of the questions he’s been asked or that he intuitively knows we’d like to ask. By offering me a glimpse into what’s going on inside my granddaughter’s beautiful mind, Higashida’s book proved transformative and left us both jumping for joy!