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

4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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aGod blesses us with special people who can be a beacon of light for others. Jason is one of those special people.a
aEarvin aMagica Johnson
aHis story is an inspiration for all parents and provides hope for those facing a diagnosis of autism.a
aDoug Flutie, Former NFL Player and Co-founder of the Doug Flutie, Jr., Foundation for Autism
aMcElwainas book spoke right to my heart.a
a"The Boston Globe"
aA deeply affecting, enlightening, and engaging book.a
a"Booklist" (starred review)
aInspiring.a
a"Kirkus Reviews"

?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

?His story is an inspiration for all parents and provides hope for those facing a diagnosis of autism.?
?Doug Flutie, Former NFL Player and Co-founder of the Doug Flutie, Jr., Foundation for Autism

?McElwain's book spoke right to my heart.?
?"The Boston Globe"

?A deeply affecting, enlightening, and engaging book.?
?"Booklist" (starred review)

?Inspiring.?
?"Kirkus Reviews"

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Daniel Paisner is a New York Times best-selling author who has written numerous books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,663,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Format: Kindle Edition
I have known Jason since he was 7 and I was avolunteer in his summer school class. I remember crying tears of joy as I watched Jason on the news and all over the sports channels. I was so proud of every thing he had over come and had achieved. I read his book when it came out and caught glimpses of the boy I knew throughout the years and glimpses of the man he has become. The book not only tells you where he's been but makes you feel like you're right there with him. This book is a must read!!! Good job Jason!! I'm proud of you!!
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I was drawn to this story when it first aired on ESPN. It is a great story written in large part by Jason himself. I think it would really be a great book for anyone who has an autistic child in their life. Granted it is not a scientific dtake on the world of autism, it does touch on many of the ups and downs of living with the disability. Then again if you are in the mood for a quick feel-good book, this will work for you.
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Format: Hardcover
The book was well written and interesting. I liked that there are excerpts from parents, therapists, and others. The book was truly a first person account.
The Jacket cover was very attractive and I enjoyed the Synopsis there.
I also have a son with autism, and plan on writing a book about his tremendous successes including going to college without accomodations and overcoming autism.
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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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