The Reason I Jump is the remarkable first-person account of what it’s like to have autism. The author, just 13 years old when he wrote this in 2007, tells about how he views the world. It’s structured in a question-and-answer format, interspersed with his own short fictional pieces. Here he describes what makes him jump:
“The motion makes me want to change into a bird and fly off to some faraway place. But constrained by ourselves and by the people around us, all we can do is tweet-tweet, flap our wings and hop around in a cage.”
Sounds fascinating, right? Well, you and some 450 other people in Seattle think so too. While you’re waiting for this book, here are three more that deal with autistic youth.
Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.
A Certain October, by Angela Johnson
After a horrific train accident, Scott’s life is turned upside down by the death of someone she hardly knew and the injuries to her autistic brother Keone.
Colin Fischer, by Ashley Edward Miller
After a gun goes off in the school cafeteria, Colin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, is the only person who realizes that the gun did not belong to Wayne, the school bully who dunked Colin’s head in a toilet on his first day.