The Reason I Jump
This is a short but revealing book translated by David Mitchell (author of Cloud Atlas), written by a 13 year old Japanese boy with autism. Unable to communicate verbally, he uses an alphabet grid to answer questions about autism. Between the questions, he weaves in short stories, telling tales and teaching lessons. He is self aware and poignant, breaking stereotypes about autism and giving voice to the autistic child. This is a book that can be read in one sitting and it is quite inspirational.