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The Game of My Life: A True Story Of Challenge, Triumph, and Growing Up Autistic Hardcover – February 5, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; First Edition edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451223012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451223012
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"J-Mac's story gives young people everywhere a lot of hope and not just young people living with autism, but all young people. It teaches them to never give up on their dreams and to be ready for their shot when called upon. God blesses us with special people who can be a beacon of light for others. Jason is one of those special people."
- Earvin "Magic" Johnson

"Jason was given that one opportunity to shine. He stepped on the court for 5 minutes and captured the imagination of everyone. His story is an inspiration for all parents and provides hope for those facing a diagnosis of autism."
Ð Doug Flutie, Former NFL Player and Co-founder of the Doug Flutie, Jr., Foundation for Autism

"Jason is a warrior and a pioneer at the Peete house. His undeniable courage and infectious benevolent human spirit has been an empowering source of hope not only for we parents dealing with autism but also for the entire human race! We read The Game of My Life as a family and we were uplifted on every level. From the swish of a basket to the stroke of a pen, Jason is heroically providing the world a long-overdue education on autism, promoting inclusion and erasing a stigma that has held back too many of these valuable children from reaching their full potential as human beings."
- Holly Robinson Peete & Rodney Peete

"J-Mac rocks! His book rocks! I have autism like him. But I am not autism. He makes me proud and he showed me I could do great things with my life even when somebody tells me I cannot."
- RJ Peete, Age 10

"The Indianapolis Colts got to know Jason McElwain during our 2006 season when he worked for us as a ball boy in training camp. Jason is a tremendous young man who happens to be autistic. I learned a lot from him and I learned even more from his book. The Game of My Life tells how he became nationally known, but it is much more than a story about one game. It talks about autism, about life, and about how much can be accomplished by having a great attitude and 'staying focused'."
- Tony Dungy, Head Coach, Indianapolis Colts

"A lot of us feel like this is our gift, to have this happen and to have it receive so much nationwide publicity. There are thousands of Jasons out there, carrying the net for the soccer team, keeping statistics for the baseball team, playing the drum for the school band. This serves as a reminder to give these kids a chance whenever possible."
Ð Dr. Catherine Lord, Director of the University of Michigan's Autism and Communications Disorders Center --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jason "J-Mac" McElwain overcame a childhood diagnosis of severe autism, enabling him to attend Greece Athena High School where he earned a manager's position on the basketball team. He works at Wegmans in Rochester, New York, and lives in the neighboring town of Greece.

Daniel Paisner is the author of nearly 40 books, on such topics as sports, politics and entertainment, including seven New York Times bestsellers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book was well written and interesting.
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I feel this book has made me a better person with the education Jason gave me.
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Format: Hardcover
Just about every person in America who had a television set and watched any channel's news or sports report during the week of February 15th 2006 had saw and heard about Jason "J-Mac" McElwain! This teenage boy, having been diagnosed in childhood with autism, though normally just the team manager for his Greece Athena High School varsity basketball team in Rochester New York, was allowed to actually suit up for "Senior Night" the last game of the regular season. Coach Johnson had promised him he could wear a uniform but said he couldn't guarantee he would be able to get him in to the game, but he'd try.

The introduction and ending to this amazing "FOREST GUMP-LIKE BASKETBALL STORY" is written by Daniel Paisner. There is also a postscript entitled: "SPECIAL NOTE FROM J-MAC'S PARENTS". But everything else in between is "WRITTEN" by Jason himself. Note: Jason likes being called "J-Mac", but his mother likes Jason, so I'll honor his mother in the rest of this review.) The way Jason is "writing" is speaking his thoughts into a tape recorder, and then when he gets out everything he wants to say, he reads it back on paper to see how it is. Jason says: "Maybe there'll be some things I forgot, and some things I didn't remember right. And maybe I'll change my mind about something I wanted to say at first. I'm not actually holding a pencil in my hand or sitting in front of a computer, but it's a kind of writing. For me it's the same thing as writing. It's organizing my thoughts and getting them down on paper in a way that tells what I'm thinking, what I remember, what I want to say about some of the incredible things that have happened to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2009
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This is just an amazing story and J-Mac is an amazing person. This book should be required reading for grades 5 through 12. It would show "normal" children and young adults a view from the other side. Frankly, I believe this young man is the kind of "normal" that all people should strive toward. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Kensek on February 17, 2011
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Five years ago on Feb. 15,2006, a young man, Jason "J-Mac" McElwain scored 20 points in the final 3:09 seconds of their Senior Night final home basketball game. His heroics were captured by TV stations all across the country. Not that what Jason did was so outstanding, although Magic Johnson said he doubted he could have done the same thing, but that Jason is autistic. I'm from the Rochester, NY area, and I remember the excitement from all the highlight films that week. Jason tells the story in his own words, which to me is just amazing. You can feel his frustration and his excitement and joy thru out the book. A great book to learn about having goals and dreams and how to "stay focused" as Jason says. He tells you how visualization worked for him. And it can for you. Great read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James H. Lister on April 27, 2008
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Jason McElwain's autobiography is well written and informative.
It describes the essential details of his life. The book presents
interviews with the most important people who have interacted with
Jason. It is highly recommended reading.
Jason's coping with his autism is relieved by his pleasure of
playing basketball. Jason in one basketball game colossally surmounts
being autistic by being artistic with his incredible three point shooting
accuracy. He sinks a total of twenty points with six three point shots and a two point field goal( where he mistakenly was standing on the three point line ) within the last three minutes and nine seconds of
his team's game. This performance was so incredibly phenomenal Jason's
life story is currently being developed into a national movie release.
One facet of Jason ( "J-Mac's" ) personal basketball practice
( "shootarounds" ) was never revealed in his autobiography that might
potentially be interesting to the public is his personal "best" basketball
shooting statistics and records. What percentage of three point shots
and free throws did Jason sink in practice? What were the most consecutive
three point shots or most consecutive free throws Jason ever sank in practice? What was the longest practice session shot Jason ever sank? Did Jason ever sink or perfect any practice "trick shots" or any other trick basketball handling or dribbling skills such as spinning the basketball upon his finger? I am an internationally famous basketball trick shooter and inspirational and motivational speaker named JIM "TRICK SHOT" LISTER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Strawser on April 27, 2008
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This book was awesome, I could not put it down. You can really tell that he wrote it. It makes you understand what goes on in his head.
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His friends call him J-Mac. His mom prefers Jason. Sounds like your typical teenager, right? Not quite.

Jason "J-Mac" McElwain is considered a high functioning autistic. And in February 2006, J-Mac accomplished something that any "normal" person would have difficulty accomplishing: he scored 20 points - including six 3s - in the last FOUR minutes of a high school basketball game.

Read this inspirational story of a boy who didn't talk till he was five. Read about how he became practically obsessed with basketball and how he was the team manager for three years. Read about how the coach let him dress for Senior Night - and how his unimaginable feat made him an instant celebrity across the country.
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