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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Haddon, Mark(2003)
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

You will laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously, when you read this book, and you must read this book! Christopher Boone is the narrator. Christopher is brilliant mathematically, his chapters are assigned only prime numbers. He knows all the countries and their capitals but he cannot understand the simplest human emotion. He doesn’t like to be touched. Christopher Boone is autistic. When Christopher finds one of the neighborhood dogs impaled on a garden fork, he applies the logic of Sherlock Holmes, (his favorite fictional character,) to solve the crime. Mark Haddon has scored a huge hit with this very creative, refreshing story. Haddon gives us a small glimpse of the challenges of autism and a book that people will be talking about for years to come.

Reviewed by Susan C., Independence Regional

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"Fifteen-year-old Christopher has a photographic memory. He understands math. He understands science. What he doesn't understand is other human beings." Christopher Boone has autism. When he finds his neighbor's dog, Wellington, dead in her garden, he decides he's going to do some detective work to find the killer, like his favorite character, Sherlock Holmes. This is when he begins his "murder mystery novel" with the encouragement of his teacher Siobhan. But it is not the only mystery that crops up. Haddon creatively and skillfully explores the disorder of autism. Written from Christopher's point of view, you begin to understand his behavior.
-Daryn, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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